The Belize rotation is five-weeks long. It is one of the Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) options. Students spend four weeks working at Hillside Healthcare International Clinic in Punta Gorda, Belize; and living at the Hillside Clinic Dormitory. Hillside is a faith-inspired, nonprofit free clinic serving the people of Southern Belize.
Clinic felt like one big team-building exercise, as all professions ... (drew) upon each other’s expertise to come up with the best plan of care possible for each patient based on the resources we had to offer.”
~ Alumna Hilary Holt
While in Belize, students offer residents consultations, medications, pap smears, cardiac monitoring, family planning, office procedures, home health care, and rehabilitation services. Each student is also responsible for initiating a small project to be used by clinic professionals.
During the fifth week of the experience, students return to the UI College of Pharmacy to reflect upon what they learned. Rotation tasks include readings, reflection papers, surveys, completion of a communications log, initiation of a small project and a presentation.