Elective Rotation in Peru

The international elective in Peru is designed for residents interested in a global health experience either providing clinical care or doing clinical research in a Spanish-speaking, resource-limited setting. This rotation is tailored to the interest of the resident and is best suited for a motivated individual with intermediate or expert Spanish language abilities.

Clinical rotations are arranged in collaboration with a Peruvian medical school, the Universidad Mayor de San Marcos, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima) or Universidad Nacional San Antonio de Abad (Cusco). Residents are encouraged to work in Lima and will work with Peruvian medical students and interns and observe patients either in the outpatient and inpatient setting, depending on the interests of the resident. They will manage medical problems commonly encountered in Peru, both chronic and associated with infectious diseases, with the medical teams at teaching hospitals and under the economic and social constraints that exist in low-income countries. Residents are also encouraged to provide clinical teaching to medical students, interns, nurses, and clinical officers in Spanish at the hospital. Educational settings will include bedside teaching, presentations on specific topics and morning report. Clinical rotations can also be arranged in Cusco as well.

Research: Research projects require substantial commitment of time (typically two trips to Peru or plans to pursue an MPH).  Ongoing research projects are conducted in collaboration with Peruvian Universities: Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (UNMSM) and Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)], non-governmental organizations in Lima (IMPACTA) and Iquitos (www.selvaamazonica.org) and Ministry of Health National HIV and TB strategy offices. Although the majority of our collaborators are based in Lima, we also have ongoing projects with collaborators in Iquitos, Tumbes, Trujillo, Pucallpa, Arequipa and Cusco. While the majority of our Peruvian collaborators work in the fields of retroviral or sexually transmitted infections (STI), we are able to tailor mentoring needs to accommodate any healthcare subspecialty interest.

  • Availability: All year
  • Location: Lima or Cusco, Peru
  • Housing: Not provided. Apartments are available for rent; homestay or hostels may be arranged by the resident.
  • Transportation: A taxi will be arranged for you from the Lima airport to your hotel/hostel and is approximately $30. Public transportation in readily accessible in Lima by bus or taxi to the hospitals.
  • Resident costs: Airfare to Peru; Living expenses, including housing; Immunizations. Visa is not required.
  • Eligibility: Residents must have completed their intern year and must commit to 4 full weeks on the rotation. Please note that this may involve traveling over the weekend to arrive on site for the start of the rotation. Vacation may not be taken during the 4 weeks of the rotation but can be requested to overlap with the beginning or end of the rotation as your schedule allows.

Prior residents who have done this rotation

2013: Lima

Katie Benziger, MD

2012: Cusco

Sirisha Narayana, MD

2011: Lima

Deb Kahal, MD


Please contact Dr. Joe Zunt (jzunt@uw.edu) with any questions and for help setting up this rotation.  Applications for international rotations are due in January annually as part of the scheduling process. For schedule questions contact Kelli Corning (kcorning@uw.edu) in the residency program office.

In Peru In U.S.

Silvia M. Montano, MD, MPH
Professor of Neurology, UNMSM
Affiliate Assistant Professor, UW Department of Neurology
Phone: 011-511-614-4163
Cell: 011-511-995746927
Email: silvia.montano@med.navy.mil

Joe Zunt, MD, MPH
NPGH Consortium PI
Associate Professor
Neurology, Global Health, Medicine University of Washington
Phone: +1-206-744-3715
Email: jzunt@u.washington.edu


Srta. Zoila Pretell
Assistant to Dr. Montano
Email: Zoila.Pretell@med.navy.mil

Jean Haulman
Hall Health Travel Clinic
University of Washington
Phone: +1-206-685-1060
Email: travel@u.washington.edu

U.S. Embassy in Lima
Avenida Encalada, Cuadra 17
Monterrico, Lima
Phone: 511-434-3000 or 511- 618-2000
After Hours Emergency: 618-2000
Website: http://lima.usembassy.gov/index.html

Pascal Schuback
International Travel Security Mgr
Box 35127
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: +1-206-616-7927
Cell: +1-206-601-7292
Email: schuback@u.washington.edu

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