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Pediatrics in Mali - PEDI 561


Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Clerkship


Bamako, Mali

Description and Goals:

  • To exercise active, hands-on participation in the evaluation and management of children presenting for care to the Hospital Gabriel-Touré (HGT) in Bamako.
  • To learn the differential diagnosis of common problems affecting children in a desperately poor clinical setting.
  • To understand the importance of prevention and targeted case management in global health.

The experience can be individualized according to the interests and needs of the student. Student will work with University of Maryland faculty on site. Ability to speak French is desirable.

Number of students:

Up to 6 per year

Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48

Faculty Responsible:

Samba Sow, M.D.
Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Pediatrics, and Center for Vaccine Development

Milagritos Tapia  

Administrative Contact:

Rose Robinson
(410) 328-6662
Fax: (410) 328-0646  

Additional Information:

This elective is coordinated by Samba Sow, M.D., who is School of Medicine Faculty and Director of the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development – Mali (CVD-Mali). Dr. Sow lives full time in Bamako, and works out of the HGT. Dr. Sow maintains a comfortable guest house in Bamako, which will be made available for visiting students. Note, because of the potential hazards which may accompany illness and medical treatment in developing nations, the School of Medicine requires that students purchase traveler's medical insurance that includes emergency evacuation. Also, students are required to visit the University of Maryland Traveler's Clinic prior to traveling to Mali (call 410-706-5328 for an appointment). Support for transportation to Mali and the modest living expenses can be acquired through various sources; the Center for Vaccine Development will make every effort to defray costs associated with this elective. Completion of all SOM paperwork for international electives is required.


Last Revision: April 11, 2013