Mi Amiga, Argentina

    Two weeks in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina with about 20 other business and nursing students exploring the healthcare industry can change a person. Between the rich meals, intensive site visits, interesting guest lectures, fascinating museum visits, and other cultural activities, I felt I gained so much valuable experience that I will…

By Public Opinion

We divided into two groups on Friday morning. One group visited San Isidro, a public infant and maternity hospital. They reported poor infrastructure, yet high quality of care through a free system supplied much by the federal and provincial governments. My group did not travel as far as we stayed in the city of Buenos…

In the Mouth of Innovation

Much of our time in Argentina has been spent studying the history and cultural significance of the buildings, art, music, and dance. Yet, instead of looking at the past, this morning we focussed on what the future holds from the Austral classroom. We were visited by the co-founder of Codika, a small startup software development…

It Takes Two to Tango

Back to Tigre, we visited a different type of community center. This one was run by a nonprofit organization, CONIN, or The Cooperative for Infant Nutrition Foundation, who has three centers in the area designed to combat malnutrition of children and support their mothers of all ages. Typically, these mothers come from dysfunctional families and…

Eye of the Tigre

Just north of Buenos Aires lies a small town with streets not only on land but water and a healthcare system specific to the area. After seeing other primary care facilities in Pilar, I noticed similarities, but also a very different structure of their operations. First of all, we arrived by boat. We later learned…

So When’s the Wedding?

Away from the city and the chaos lies land full of history and culture in a setting so relaxing and natural. Estancia Don Silvano, a ranch located in the rural region of the Pampas, blessed us with a day full of food, music, and animals. The beauty of the exotic and native plants, such as…

Art of Argentina

  Art in Argentina has made a defining impression on me. Front the streets to buildings to restaurants to the museums and to the people, beautiful art forms emerge. Today, we explored the town of Palermo, a cute neighborhood of colorful streets that is comprised of many artsy cafes, restaurants, and small shops. There was…

Health Ministry & Melting Pot History

The lectures and cultural visits of the day I found to be very interesting as they regarded topics I knew little about before arriving in Argentina. One of my personal interests is studying history so the cultural lesson of the day regarding immigration to the country was fascinating. To begin, we had the opportunity of…

A Life of Love & Love of Life

My experience today was very moving with every new place we explored. Throughout the day I continually witnessed the hospitality and family mentality of the Argentine people. After an overview lecture at Austral given by Dr. Rubinstein on the general health care system and how it’s problems arise from its decentralization and too much focus on…

Full of Pharma & Food

I think one of the topics I was most interested to investigate further was the pharmaceutical industry, and today, we had the opportunity to visit Andrómcao, a company almost 100 years old, known for producing topical creams. 80% of their output is focused on these creams, such as Hipoglós, which is meant to treat baby…

Austral’s Hospital

In 2000, a new addition to the Austral Campus was a teaching hospital, designed to follow the values of the University. As stated in their mission statement, they “aim to serve society through the search for truth, through the development and transmission of knowledge, training in the virtues and care of each person according to…

Buenos Días, Buenos Aires

Finally the sun was shining as we ventured out, bright and early, outside of the city and back to school. We arrived at Austral University’s Pilar campus where the student hospital is located. Originally, upon entering the large school building, I did not realize that we were also in an active, private, and non-profit hospital…

An Argentine Arrival

Beginning Saturday morning from the Pittsburgh International Airport, the 22 of us took a short flight down to Atlanta. What we thought would be only a few hours exploring this large place and memorizing the location of every restaurant, turned into even more hours of practicing our best patience and keeping in our anticipation until…

A Traveling Teen Preparing for Plus3

My name is Alex McCurdy and I am currently a week away from completing my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh College of Business Administration. I am originally from West Chester, Pennsylvania which is about an hour west of Philadelphia. Now after a full year here at Pitt, I am so happy with my…

Meet Plus3 Argentina 2019!

Welcome to the Argentina Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Join us as we travel to Buenos Aires to explore the healthcare industry. Through site visits and cultural immersion, students will have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.  The core academic portion of this program will focus on various areas of the healthcare industry, from…