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Health in South Africa - Winter Break Program

The Health in South Africa Winter Break Program is intended for UGA students who plan to pursue careers in healthcare and work actively toward that goal.  In this program, the participants will have the opportunity to learn about the South African healthcare system—and how it differs from ours—through guest lectures, tours of healthcare facilities, and shadowing opportunities with clinicians. In addition to these experiences, participants will enroll in one UGA course: BIOL 4910 Topics in Biology, 3 credit hours.

BIOL 4910 - Topics in Biology

This program meets UGA's experiential learning requirement.

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Due to the ongoing pandemic, some aspects of this program may be modified to ensure the health and safety of the participants while in South Africa.

This program aims to help students gain perspective on international healthcare while increasing their cultural competency.  Learning to communicate and work with patients from different backgrounds is invaluable to students who wish to pursue a healthcare profession. The program also offers a unique opportunity to broaden a student’s undergraduate experience through meaningful professional and personal interactions with non-US healthcare professionals who can share their worldview through conversations and example.

Our experiential activities and the clinical exposure will be helpful not only in applying to graduate health professional programs but will also enable our students to become more well-rounded applicants and, in turn, more conscientious healthcare providers.  This program hopes to develop mature individuals who leave South Africa with experience in the world beyond the classroom as it is an ideal vehicle for growing some of the skills and attitudes that are essencial in the practice of medicine—flexibility, self-reliance, and sensitivity to other cultures.

Lastly, this program offers our students an ethical healthcare-centered shadowing option that meets AAMC ethics guidelines. 

Important notes:

Program participants will be required to attend pre-departure orientations and academic meetings in the spring semester. 

Accommodations will be at the Woodstock neighborhood of Cape Town.

Students applying for this program are eligible to apply for the OGE GENERAL SCHOLARSHIP.

Students will be accepted on a rolling basis of admission. Apply early!

Health Care Sites:

(1) UCT/Groote Schuur Hospital - Attched to the University of Cape Town Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Medicine

(2) TB Clinic Hout Bay: in partnership with Doctors without Borders

(3) Ikamva Labantu, Woodstock, Cape Town Township

(4) Philani - Dr Ingrid Le Roux, Capetown

 

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General Information

Program Dates: December 26, 2022 - January 7, 2023
Estimated Program Fee: $2,370 (includes lodging, breakfast, several lunches and dinners, program-related transportation, and entrance fees for program-related academic and cultural activities). It does not include plane fare, UGA tuition or UGA fees. Prices will vary depending on enrollment, but should not exceed the current estimated program fee. Click here for more details.
Application Opens: April 1, 2022 - rolling basis of admission
Application Deadline: September 15, 2022
Program Contacts: Ms. Amanda Spohn (aspohn@uga.edu) and Dr. Hilda Mata (hmmata@uga.edu)

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Applicant Eligibility

  • Open to all students at the University of Georgia.
  • Required
    • Students must have completed or be enrolled in BIOL 1108 by the time of application.  BIOL 1108/L is a prereq for the courses taught in the program.
    • Have university credit for at least two science courses (in biological sciences, chemistry, ecology, physics/astronomy) prior to application.
    • 3.0 or higher GPA.
    • Satisfactory academic and disciplinary records.
  • Preferred
    • qualified students enrolled with a pre-health intention will be given priority. 
    • successfully completed at least two sciences courses (in biological sciences, chemistry, ecology, physics/astronomy) for a grade (A-F) at UGA.
    • successfully completed at least 30 credit hours at UGA prior to application. 

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Admission Process

  • Begin an application on the studyaway.uga.edu portal. Complete all pre-decision materials by the deadline (9/15/2022) to be considered.
  • Qualified applicants will be invited (via UGA email) for a brief interview with the program faculty. Please note that an interview does not guarantee admittance into the program due to the limited number of spaces. Interviews, however, are a mandatory part of the selection process.
  • Once all interviews are completed, applicants will be notified via their studyaway.uga.edu application portal whether they have been admitted or waitlisted.
  • Admitted students will have one week from the date of acceptance to commit (or withdraw/decline) and pay a non-refundable $300 deposit. Waitlisted students will be admitted as spaces become available.

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Faculty

 

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Amanda Spohn, M.Ed.
Coordinator
Pre-Professional Advising Office
Office of the Vice-President for Instruction
University of Georgia

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Location

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Itinerary

12/26/22     

Atlanta, US

Departure for South Africa

12/27/22

Cape Town, South Africa

Arrival, pick up at airport, transfer to accommodation, dinner on way

12/28/22

Cape Town, South Africa

-On-Site program orientation

-Introduction and Orientation to UCT/Groote Schuur Hospital, and Tour of Heart Transplant Museum

-Shadowing/observing, Rotation 1

-Class time

12/29/22

Cape Town, South Africa

-Shadowing/observing at Groote Schuur, Rotation 2

-Lecture/Discussion/Q&A session with local healthcare professional

-Class time

12/30/22

Cape Town, South Africa

-Shadowing/observing at Groote Schuur, Rotation 3

-Class time

12/31/22

Cape Town, South Africa

-Shadowing/observing at Groote Schuur, Rotation 4

-Class time

-Cultural visit

1/1/23

Cape Town, South Africa

-Cultural visits

1/2/23

Cape Town, South Africa

-Cultural Visits

1/3/23

Cape Town, South Africa

-Introduction to TB Clinic Hout Bay and Orientation

- Shadowing/observing at TB Clinic, Rotation 1

-Class time:

1/4/23

Cape Town, South Africa

-Shadowing/observing at TB Clinic, Rotation 2

-Class time

-Cultural visit

1/5/23

Cape Town, South Africa

-Introduction to local NGO, Ikamva Labantu and Orientation

-Shadowing at NGO, Rotation 1

-Lecture/Discussion/Q&A session with a healthcare

professional

-Class time: 2 hours

-Cultural activity

1/6/23

Cape Town, South Africa

-Shadowing at NGO, Rotation 2:

-Class time: 2 hours

-Program Debrief

1/7/23

Cape Town, South Africa

-Cultural visits

-Transfer to the airport for the trip home

 

 

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