GEMx Elective Reflections – Exchange from Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas (Colombia) to University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
GEMx has had the pleasure of not only extending travel grants to students going on GEMx system elective exchanges but has been an active supporter of student developed and led competitions and exchanges. We have aided CiCoM and IQMU, and more recently supported the Student Network Organization of The Network –TUFH to implement the 2017 pilot, GEMx-SNO-International Exchange Internship, which occurred in conjunction with the World Summit on Social Accountability Conference in Tunisia
GEMx provided funds for Alejandro Avelino Bonilla of Juan N. Corpas University (Colombia) and Vishnupriya Vijayalekshmi of Kerala University of Health Sciences (India), two SNO member students, to cover their roundtrip airfare to Tunisia, accommodation fees and daily budgeted meal allowances while they undertook their internship experience at University of Tunis al Manar Faculty of Medicine. ECFMG and its GEMx program appreciated the opportunity to partner with SNO in this pilot and is honored to share their experience with all of you here!
Post by Alejandro Avelino Bonilla, Medical Student at Universidad Juan N. Corpas (Colombia) who completed a GEMx Elective at University of Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
I had the incredible opportunity to do the international exchange internship in the department of infectious and communicable diseases in La Rabta Hospital. From the beginning, due to the last minute changes, it was difficult to know the details of the internship, the communication with the local organizer was almost null (which is understandable because he found himself busy working on the event). Despite these drawbacks, I couldn’t wait for it to begging, I was very excited because it was my first international internship. I felt somewhat anxious because I didn’t prepare properly about of the pathologies because the epidemiology is really different in Tunisia compared with Colombia. I knew that I would have to study a lot but I was born for challenges.
Every day we had lunch with someone different, we made friends quickly and they took us to different places,mainly traditional food restaurants, it was quite a culinary experience. Later in the afternoons there were classes or discussions of cases but they were done in French which was a great difficulty for us and eventually we stopped attending. We used the afternoons to study the pathologies and to know little by little the city. The cases in the department were extremely interesting and medium-high complexity, so that each day was more interesting than the previous one, I highlight the case of an older adult patient who suffered left temporal lobe necrosis secondary to a herpes type 2 infection And HIV.
It was one of the most wonderful experiences I have had and I have to thank GEMx infinitely for this opportunity.
Potential research project ideas
The idea of carrying out a study on antimicrobial resistance arose, in which the characteristics of each country are profiled and evidenced and then a global comparison is made. This project will be developed from SNO and I will supervise this personally as President of this organization.
Tags: Faculty of Medicine-University of Tunis El Manar, Fundación Universitaria Juan N. Corpas