Illinois Resident To Study Family Medicine In Lesotho

in Health & Medicine, News Releases, School of Medicine
January 2nd, 2008

Contact: Allison Rubin, 617-638-8491 | afrubin@bu.edu

(Boston)—Northbrook, Illinois resident Christine Riguzzi, a fourth year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) will be traveling to Lesotho as part of an International Health Studies Program through BUSM. Riguzzi will travel to Mapoteng, Lesotho for 8 weeks to study family medicine at the Maluti Adventist Hospital.

“A goal of mine has been to work with a population dealing with HIV/AIDS. I hope to learn how those in resource deprived areas deal with the epidemic of HIV/AIDS on both a personal and social level,” said Riguzzi.

“International studies strengthen students’ understanding of medicine in other parts of the world, while giving them the opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives abroad,” said Suzanne Sarfaty, MD, assistant dean for Student Affairs, director of International Health Programs and associate professor of medicine at BUSM. “Students have the opportunity to broaden their perspective on health and human illness in diverse and often underserved health care systems. Many of the skills and traits students develop while working in these international settings, such as language skills or cultural sensitivity, make students better physicians.”

Established in 1873, Boston University School of Medicine is a leading academic and research institution, with an enrollment of nearly 630 students and more than 1,100 full and part-time faculty members. It is known for its programs in arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, human genetics, pulmonary disease and dermatology, among others, and is one of the major biomedical research institutions in the United States. The School is affiliated with Boston Medical Center, its principal teaching hospital, and Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center. Along with Boston Medical Center and 15 community health centers, the School of Medicine is a partner in Boston HealthNet.

To learn more about the program please visit
www.bumc.bu.edu/Dept/Home.aspx?DepartmentID=523

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