Pharmacy students in their fourth professional year will have the opportunity to complete a portion of their clinical training in Durban at King Edward Hospital, McCord Hospital or The Center for AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. This opportunity provides students with a perspective on what the HIV/AIDS epidemic means in countries outside the U.S.
Activities at the site are similar to activities performed at other experiential sites. Students will participate in ward rounds with the other pharmacy interns, fill inpatient and outpatient prescriptions, counsel patients on antiretroviral treatment, visit rural CAPRISA (Centre for the AIDS Programme of research in South Africa) site, work in CAPRISA research pharmacy, work in hospital manufacturing department, observe surgical procedures, compound medications, observe sterile compounding, while learning about the South African health care system and the clear disparity between public and private care. In addition to AIDS, specific areas of practice students may see include surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, neonatal, ICU, dermatology, obstetrics, psychiatric and ear, nose and throat.
Travel to Durban, SA is arranged by students. Students are instructed to coordinate travel in order to arrive at similar times.
Travel to and from the airport is arranged by University KwaZulu-Natal. Students must communicate travel plans to Dr. Suleman.
Transportation for Clinic Activities is arranged by Hillside. Daily commute between the students’ housing and the experiential site will need to be arranged. As part of their pre-departure briefing, students are advised that private taxis or arranging a ride with a co-worker from the clinic or hospital are the safest travel options. Students are also advised to avoid travel in combi-cabs and to adhere to the advice of their co-workers and preceptors with respect to local travel in Durban.
Accommodations are arranged by Dr. Suleman. Students will contact her directly with any special requests or inquiries related to cost, facilities, etc. She has coordinated this aspect of travel for past students and is selective in her arrangements to ensure safety and convenience for the participating students.
There are planned rotations for the following dates:
- March 6, 2017 - May 12, 2017, led by Fatima Suleman, PhD.