Interns with CFHI will rotate through a variety of clinics, hospitals and emergency services as participants. Clinical rotations are designed to offer interns clinical and public health experience relevant to your level of medical education, much like what you would experience during a rotation or internship in the United States. IE3 Global interns may work with the local coordinators to identify the health care services/departments where they would like to spend more time. CFHI programs are not episodic volunteer experiences, and are not designed to provide service to those who would otherwise not have healthcare.
The learning objectives for interns with CFHI are:
- Develop a larger sense of cultural competency
- Observe and develop existing clinical skills
- Broaden public health knowledge
- Develop creativity in problem-solving
- Deepen their commitment to service
- Promote medical supply conservation
The Philippines is a country in Southeast Asia compromised of over 7,100 islands in the Pacific Ocean and home to more than 100 million people. It is filled with natural beauty and rich culture. Along with its biodiversity, white sandy beaches, mountain ranges, and tropical rainforests, the country’s colorful history is filled with a unique blend of cultures.
Interns will spend the first week in the capital city of Manila, visiting local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and a variety of health facilities in the city. This provides and introduction to the Filipino healthcare system and an understanding of how resources and healthcare services vary between urban centers, remote island communities, and the mainland. Interns will then spend approximately 8.5 weeks stationed on two remote islands in the archipelago, in the provinces of Quezon and Romblon. This allows the intern to experience first-hand the daily healthcare challenges faced by “barangays”, or villages. Interns will work alongside local physicians, nurses, and midwives in rural primary healthcare clinics, with the chance to observe general consultations, pre-natal checkups, immunizations, and family planning. Interns may also join local clinic staff on trips to various barangays throughout the island to aid in health education programming.
The last few days will be spent back in Manila and also are a time for reflection exercises and lectures to understand the true challenges of providing quality healthcare to all Filipinos and efforts being made to address these challenges. It is an invaluable opportunity to understand how healthcare varies between urban centers and remote island communities.