HEODRA

Leon, Nicaragua

HEODRA & UNAN-LEON

HOSPITAL ESCUELA OSCAR DANILO ROSALES ARGUELLO (HEODRA)
UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTÓNOMA DE NICARAGUA
Leon, Nicaragua
www.unanleon.edu.ni/

SITE PRECEPTOR
Armando Matute MD

Background

Duke University School of Medicine and UNAN-Leon School of Medical Sciences forged a research and education collaboration in the summer of 2007. The medical university at Leon has a history of international academic collaborations with other institutions (i.e. Umea University in Sweden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Yale University, and Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain), a solid population-based research infrastructure, and a demonstrated commitment to improving the rigor and research capability of its academic institution. As part of the bidirectional educational exchange agreement, Duke hosts a medical student from UNAN-Leon for 6-week clinical observerships each year. 

Clinical Opportunities

HEODRA is a 400 bed public teaching hospital, operated by the Ministry of Health, and located in the heart of Leon. It is the only governmental facility in the region offering advanced obstetric and pediatric care. The hospital has established departments of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Plastic surgery, Pathology, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Anesthesiology. For those trainees interested in the study and treatment of infectious diseases, the Leon site provides exposure to illness uncommon in the United States. A high level of Spanish language proficiency is required for applicants applying for a global health experience in Leon.

Rotation options for Duke Medicine Residents include Cardiology, Nephrology, Pulmonary, and the ICU. Duke Pediatric Residents can rotate through Pulmonary, Gastroenterology, Infectious Diseases, the PICU, SCIN and ICN. Residents are also encouraged to visit outlying health clinics. HEODRA offers an excellent opportunity to practice physical exam skills and learn from clinicians truly skilled in the art of physical diagnosis.

Research

There are currently no research opportunities available at this site. In the past, investigators at Duke, UNAN-Leon and Johns Hopkins collaborated on a research project studying inpatient febrile illness at HEODRA University Hospital.


Lynne Ellison, Pediatrics, July 2016