- To provide those experienced in clinical tropical medicine or infectious diseases intensive hands-on exposure to large numbers of patients in a short period of time in order to maintain clinical skills.
- To facilitate exchange of clinical acumen by assembling experienced clinicians together on a busy tropical disease unit in an endemic area.
- To create a network of experts committed to address the gaps of tropical medicine in global health aiming to improve healthcare services for underserved populations around the globe.
Course ActivitiesOur curriculum is focused in providing the broadest clinical exposure to our participants, through intensive clinical interaction during clinical rounds. Although it is mainly focused in clinical experience, lectures on selected topics in tropical medicine are included daily. In addition, case discussion sessions are programmed to share diverse expertise on clinical problems brought by the participants.
The course’s curriculum activities includes:
|1. Clinical Rounds||50 hours|
|2. Lecture||10 hours|
|3. Case discussion sessions||10 hours|
|4. Case conferences||2 hours|
|5. Field Trip||12 hours|
Description of activities
Clinical RoundsClinical rounds are done in a rotating basis in groups of 5 participants with one senior sub-specialty certified faculty. These are held daily at the Cayetano Heredia Hospital wards and outpatient clinic, Arzobispo Loayza hospital and Children’s Hospital in Lima for a total of 50 hours. At every single round highly illustrative patients with tropical diseases are seen and discussed by the participants.
Clinical exposure is not merely observational. Intensive interactive clinical teaching by the faculty is done in every group, often including visits to the microbiology or pathology lab for final confirmation of diagnoses. Unlike in many other on-site tropical training settings, the patients seen by Gorgas participants have access to extensive microbiological, immunological, pathological and radiological (CT Scan, MRI) testing so that diagnoses are in most cases confirmed and not merely presumptive.
Didactic LecturesTraditional lecture format given in 1 hour blocks.
Case discussionsEvery participant is asked to present 2 or 3 challenging cases in a rotating basis and lead the discussion. A faculty member will contribute at the end of each session.
Case conferencesA written case protocol is presented by a faculty member who then leads an interactive discussion of differential diagnosis and diagnostic workup. Other case conferences will involve teaching cases in a specific subject area collected over time by a faculty member.
Field teaching tripsWe also program a Saturday excursion to Ticlio, a mountain pass of the Andes located 15 800 feet above sea level and 750 miles away from Lima. During the ascent students will familiarize with the inter-Andean valleys geography endemic for diseases like leishmaniasis and bartonellosis.
Typical Daily Schedule
Typical Daily Schedule
(Monday to Friday)
|7:00||Bus departure from Miraflores to the Tropical Medicine Institute|
|7:45 - 10:45||Clinical rounds I|
|10:45 - 12:00
11:30 - 12:00
| Lunch break
WEDNESDAY / FRIDAY Case Conferences
|12:00 - 14:00||Clinical rounds II|
|14:00 - 15:00||Lecture|
|15:00 - 16:00||Case discussion|
|16:00||Bus departure from the Tropical Medicine Institute to Miraflores|
Other resources- Access to WIFI connection in the classroom.
- Access to an electronic library in tropical medicine.
- Access to hard copies of most important tropical medicine textbooks at the Tropical Medicine Institute Alexander von Humboldt.
AccreditationThe University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this live activity for a 80 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.
Application and Logistics
The 2017 Gorgas Advanced Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine
will be held between August 7th and August 18th, 2017.
EligibilityApplicants are required to hold a Medical Degree plus at least one of the following:
● Diploma or Masters in Clinical Tropical Medicine or equivalent.
● 2 years cumulative experience in the developing world in a setting where patients with tropical and parasitic disease constitute the majority of the workload.
● Substantial practice experience in the field of clinical tropical medicine since completion of training. Should include care of patients for the evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment of tropical and parasitic disease.
● Certification as an Infectious Disease Specialist after completion of a recognized training program.