Don’t Cry for me Argentina

Now that I am finally home for the summer, I have had some time to reflect on the past two weeks. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to study abroad, as it was something I have always wanted to do. Before I begin, I just want to thank my parents for letting…

Brad! I figured out who Evita is!

Eva Peron was a woman of the people and in a similar way, the public health care system is healthcare for the people. Both served the people of Argentina in long lasting ways. But did one lead to or at least inspire the other?  I believe the answer is yes. Eva Peron, commonly referred to…

Tommy Took my Title & Innovation in the Presence of Tradition

 This morning began with a discussion of innovation by a co-founder of Codika. It was very interesting to listen to him discuss the process of how innovation comes about and how Codika has helped companies bring about the innovation they seek. After lunch, we visited La Boca, a vibrant part of the city that has…

One Absolute Unit of a Baby

This morning we returned to Tigre to visit and volunteer at a clinic for mothers and children. They help provide skills to women to be successful mothers as well as a place for children to play and families to get food. While the mothers learned how to sew, a group of us watched and played…

The Primary Health Care Dilemma

Today was a very interesting day as we were able to visit two municipal hospitals in the Tigre municipality. One was in the Tigre Islands and could only be reached by boat and the other was a women and children hospital. North of Buenos Aires, Tigre is a very wealthy region, so it can supply…

Gauchos, animals, and mothers… Oh my!

Today was another culture day and we went to Estancia, a nearby Gaucho Ranch in Las Pampas. We were greeted with the promise of plenty of food and fun, and let me just say, they did not disappoint. After a breakfast of empanadas and a brief walking tour of the buildings, we were left to…

Becoming Art

Today we visited the neighborhood of Palermo, famous for its colorful street art. The most beautiful piece I saw was that of rainbow painted wings with the words fly, happy, grow, libre (free), sueña, ama, suelta, and ríe (laugh). The wings had space for a person to stand in between, so when we had free…

The (Un)United States of Argentina

Today a former employer of the Ministry of Health, Guillermo Williams, came to speak to us about what the Ministry of Health does and more about how the government works. Much like the United States, Argentina is also a federation of provinces, or states. However, their provinces have a much stronger autonomy than our states….

Changing the Way We Treat Death

To be quite honest, each time I try to start writing this post, it feels cheap or dishonest. Today was quite frankly very hard. It was also moving and inspirational and beautiful, but that is mostly in retrospect. This morning we visited two community health clinics, which were doing absolutely amazing work with communities of…

Who wears sunscreen in the fall? Hint: the Irish

Today we were able to visit the pharmaceutical company Andromaco. We walked through the facility and were able to see the production from beginning to end of the products they manufacture, which are mostly creams. In speaking with the representative of the company, I was able to get a much more clear image of the…

What is the meaning of life? and other observations from the NICU

Today we were able to tour the Austral University hospital and get a more tangible feel to the healthcare provided. Yesterday we learned that part of the mission statement of the Medical Center is that they are in the “pursuit of truth and a culture of life,” so we were also able today to see…

It’s Always Sunny in Buenos Aires

First, I would like to begin with an update from yesterday. After a good night’s rest and much sunnier weather, Buenos Aires had become the lively, colorful city I was expecting. Because we landed on a Sunday, many of the stores were closed and people were spending the day with family. However, today the streets…

Hola from Argentina!

After perhaps the longest two days of my life, I can finally ay that I am comfortably seated in my bed in Argentina! From the bus ride into the city from the airport and to walking around to get to know this beautiful city, I was able to see many different aspects of Buenos Aires….

Taking a Pitt stop in Argentina

Hi! My name is Alexandria, though I go by Allie. I am from Newark, Delaware, which is about a mile from the University of Delaware campus, so I’m definitely used to being in a college town. Pitt and Oakland have quickly become my home away from home and I love every day that I get…

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…