Studying abroad offers a chance to experience another culture firsthand, providing insights to how beliefs and values can influence health care choices. They let you see health care conditions and delivery systems that differ from our own, providing a deeper understanding of the world around you.
UI Students Receive Pain Management, End-of-Life Training Abroad
Travel with Dr. Stephanie Gilbertson-White to Trivandrum, India—a city located in the Southern tip of the country—where she teaches a three-week course titled “Hospice, Pain and Palliative Care.”
Each year, Dr. Gilbertson-White travels with students from the College of Nursing, as well as other University of Iowa Health Science students, and her team works alongside staff from Pallium India, a nongovernmental, nonprofit hospice organization. Six days a week, Pallium provides care for many of India’s poorest citizens. Part of their service includes home visits, which Dr. Gilbertson-White and her students assist with during their three-week journey.
This 2 week intensive practicum provides learning opportunities for students to apply the principles of public health combined with nursing knowledge and skills to address health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and nursing management of infectious disease and chronic health conditions. Nursing activities will focus on the improvement of health outcomes at the individual, family, community and global level within the context of population-focused practice.