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School of Pharmacy

Global Opportunities

Graduate Students

Guatemala

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) Elective in Antigua, Guatemala

The 5-week Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience involves participation in ambulatory care clinics in Antigua, Guatemala.  We have a focus on public health education and outreach through setting up instant clinics in rural mountain towns near Antigua. With this medical mission, SIUE partners with St. Louis University School of Medicine physicians, medical students, and local Guatemalan healthcare providers. Students prepare by taking a medical Spanish elective (PHEL 784) with intensive medical Spanish tutoring prior to travel to increase language and cultural proficiency.

Students work in clinics continually run by Guatemalan providers trained in primary care services, community outreach, and education.  Clinical duties include interdisciplinary ambulatory care assessment and treatment, medication selection, dispensing, counseling, and disease prevention education. In addition to clinical practice, students gain experience in cultural competence, proficiency in medical Spanish, health literacy, and health disparities.

The average cost is $2000 per student, with an average of four fourth year students traveling annually, during the months of July or February. SIUE helps supplement up to $750 per student, but funds are limited. Pharmacists may volunteer to facilitate students' participation in Guatemala, donate supplies, or sponsor a student.  

Year implemented: Summer 2015

Faculty: Misty Gonzalez, Pharm.D., BCPP

Contact: misgonz@siue.edu

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