Introduction

Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Judithe and I am a 4th year medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am super excited to share my experiences in La Paz, Bolivia where I will spend 4 weeks at a children’s hospital and an adolescent clinic, learn how the Bolivian healthcare system works, and sharpen my knowledge on pediatric medicine. I also look forward to being immersed in Bolivian culture, strengthen my Spanish and be able to speak to patients, my host family and the people I will meet. I will be sharing this awesome experience with my good friend and classmate Erica.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank God above all else who made this trip possible. Only he knows how much this means to me; Child Family Health International (CFHI) for their great programs that allow students to experience healthcare all around the world and also for being very accommodating; thank you to Project Hope Northwest who were very generous and helped me in an incredible way; a HUGE thank you to Dr. Koren, Tracy and Julie at the OU CORE office who have been amazingly generous, patient and helpful as we worked to go on this rotation; Dr. Lewis and RWM; and everyone who donated, wrote me letters of recommendations, and prayed for me, THANK YOU for making this trip happen!

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