Adios Argentina

Tonight is the first night in my own bed after spending two weeks in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it is a very bittersweet feeling. These past two weeks, I have learned an immeasurable amount about Argentinian culture and healthcare, but also about myself, and this trip had so much value that I will carry with…

Evita Immortal

Along with our healthcare lectures and site visits, we have been learning about Argentinian history and culture throughout the entire trip. Central to Argentina’s history are the Perons, Juan and Eva, and Peronism, the political movement of which they are the figureheads. Yesterday, we visited the Evita museum, where we learned about Eva Peron’s life…

Globalization….again

Today, we learned all about innovation and culture. We started the day with a lecture by Exequiel Banga, who spoke about his company, Codika Solutions, and innovation with an emphasis in healthcare. Afterwards, we toured the notoriously colorful neighborhood of La Boca, with its iconic rainbow metal and wood buildings and numerous depictions of the…

Globalization and Poverty

During our second day in Tigre, we visited a community health center called CONIN in a much more impoverished area of the municipality. CONIN provides daycare, nutrition, and child development specialist care for the children of mothers who attend workshops to learn to cook, work, and parenting skills. The main aim of CONIN is to…

Lions, Tigres, and Bears

Today we spent the day in the municipality of Tigre, an area known for having most of their land area being comprised of islands. We started the day with a boat tour of the islands, and then we toured Puesto Sanitario Delta Tigre, the community health clinic that provides primary care for the community. Next,…

Yeehaw

I’m grateful for a lot of things today. I’m grateful for this trip. I’m grateful for the friends I’ve made here. I’m grateful for my mom on this Mother’s Day. In my opinion, today was the highlight of the trip, as we visited Don Silvano Estancia. Don Silvano Estancia is a ranch that used to…

#culture

Today was a day full of art. Taking a break from our usual academic days packed with lectures and site visits, we explored Buenos Aires’s bustling art scene. Before ending the day with a tour of MALBA, the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires, we walked around Palermo Hollywood and Palermo SoHo, two neighborhoods…

Federation Nation

Today, we heard a lecture from Dr. Guillermo Williams, a former National Ministry of Health representative. There, he spoke about how Argentina has a federalist government and the implications that has on the functioning of national and provincial Ministries of Health. The federalist system, designed to give autonomy to the twenty-four provinces and unite them…

Compassion in Care

Today was a very busy day, as we attended a lecture about the Argentinian healthcare industry, visited both public and privately-funded community primary health centers, and ended with a visit to Good Samaritan Hospice Center. The visit to Good Samaritan was a difficult one since it cared for such a sensitive patient population. However, I…

A Nursing Student’s Take on Argentinian Economy and Pharma

Today, we started the day off by touring Andrómaco, a highly renowned Argentinian pharmaceutical laboratory that is known for their topical medical and cosmetic creams and ointments. Although I am not a business major, I still really enjoyed learning about the supply chain because it will directly impact my future work as a nurse. Andrómaco…

The Pursuit of Happiness (and truth)

Today, we toured Hospital Universitario Austral and were able to speak with nurses as we toured the NICU, PICU, emergency department, and the adult critical care unit, which was very, very exciting for me as a nursing student. Central to their mission statement, Austral Medical Center emphasizes the “pursuit of truth” and a “culture of…

Austral Adventures

Today, we spent the first of many days at the Pilar campus of Austral University. After spending the day attending lectures about the University, the hospital, and innovation in healthcare, the similarities and differences between Pitt and Austral were apparent. Both are highly regarded universities with affiliated hospitals that are committed to the development of…

Argentina Arrival!

I like to think I have a pretty solid grasp of the Spanish language after having studied it since the seventh grade. However, on my first day in Buenos Aires, I found myself overwhelmed by the incomprehensibility of the Spanish around me. Speech was fast and accents were thick, so I had trouble making out…

Abroad with Alex!

Hi everyone! My name is Alex Tolassi and I am a freshman nursing student here at the University of Pittsburgh. I’m from West Chester, PA, which is “outside of Philly”, as everyone here likes to say. Here at Pitt, I’ve been involved in Nursing Students Association, Pitt College Democrats, and I recently joined the Kappa…

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…