Multilateral Partnership For Interprofessional Exchange (MPIE)

Travel Dates:
March 26 - April 22, 2018
Program Fees:
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Program Overview

Program Features:

• Fully supervised rotation (approximately 80 contact hours); no direct care.
• Full-time accompaniment by bilingual Amizade staff during supervised clinical rotation
• Foreign Language instruction for basic language acquisition (Five 1 hour sessions)
• Regular critical reflection on Global Citizenship in the context of the health professions
• Orientation to the local culture, healthcare, and environment.
• Additional cultural and recreation activities.

Program Description:

Santarém, Pará, Brazil 

This two-week global rotation takes place in the city of Santarém, an urban center in the state of Pará that lies at the confluence of the Amazon and Tapajós Rivers in north-central Brazil. The program requires students to work collaboratively and in partnership with local health science students and health professionals. Through a broad set of activities in a variety of clinic settings, students will gain an understanding of the contemporary health concerns in the lower Amazon River Basin. Bilingual Amizade staff members will accompany the students throughout the rotation. Beyond their clinical hours, students will meet regularly for critical reflection on dimensions of Global Citizenship in the health professions. While in Brazil, students will participate in a series of formal Portuguese classes to help with basic language acquisition. Students will stay in guesthouses. For portions of the program students will be expected to travel on riverboats and to sleep in hammocks on board. Amizade will facilitate cultural and recreational activities: including kayaking, jungle hikes, river beach swimming, capoeira presentations, etc.

MPIE: The Multilateral Partnership for Interprofessional Exchange

The Multilateral Partnership for Interprofessional Exchange is a global rotation designed for graduate and senior level students in Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and Allied Health programs. MPIE brings together institutions of higher learning in Brazil and the United States for an exchange program based on Amizade’s Fair Trade Learning philosophy.

Community Partner

Fundação Esperança began in the late 1960s, and is devoted to empowering individuals and communities in the region through the provision of health and education services. FE is composed of a medical and dental clinic, a private university, and a technical school. FE has significant experience in community-level development.

Program Fees & Expenses

Program Fee Includes:
Contribution to local health services project
Three meals per day
Local Transportation during program
Multiple educational, cultural and service activities
Comprehensive Travel Insurance
Continuous support from local site director

Additional Program Related Expenses:
Applicable passport or visa fees
Supplemental meals or snacks
Personal spending money