Nicaragua - ISC: Global Health

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Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN-León) and its affiliated teaching hospital Hospital Escuela Oscar Danilo Rosales Arguello (HEODRA) serve as the primary health science training facility in Nicaragua and as a host site for ISC students. These sites offer a vibrant learning environment in a resource-limited setting. Students gain clinical experience in areas including cardiology, emergency medicine, neglected tropical diseases, non-communicable diseases, pediatrics, primary care, surgery, and public health. 

Potential Rotations

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • OB/GYN
  • Critical Illness
  • Cardiology
  • Endocrine
  • Medical Imaging

Available Blocks

2, 4, 6, 9, 10, and others upon request

Unique Features of this Site

Unique aspects to site include working at the HIV clinic and public health outreach to remote areas of Nicaragua.

Site Information

Students in León will be exposed to Spanish language and Central American culture. A "minimum professional proficiency" (level 3) of Spanish language is recommended (see State Department Language Level Descriptions). Often, students opt to take language classes in the afternoons and evenings. Many of the language schools offer packages that include Spanish classes and homestays with local families. There are a variety of options for housing, including homestays, hostels, and hotel near the hospital. Most options include one or two meals per day and internet, but students will want to confirm with their host. León is about a two hour car ride from the airport in Managua. Students should budget around $600-$800 for airfare, $50 one way for transport to/from airport (can be shared among students), $20-30/day for lodging, and $200 in personal spending money.

Student Reflections

Video reflections: 

“My trip to Nicaragua is one that will stay with me forever. My horizons just became that much broader.” -Maria de Lourdes, 2015

“The global health ISC is one of the best two or three courses I’ve taken at VUMS. With the possible exception of the Morgan service at Vandy, I don’t think I’ve had a better clinical experience. You see pathologies that you’d rarely, if ever, see at Vanderbilt, and practicing medicine here, even if only for 1 month, will change how you see the practice of medicine back in the States. In short, it’s a very valuable course.” -Pierce Trumbo, 2015