The End: A Trip of a Lifetime

And just as quickly as it came, the trip is over. The past two weeks have been an experience like no other. I have fallen in love the the city of Buenos Aires and the people of Argentina. I had such a wonderful Plus3 experience and encourage any incoming freshman to join in on the…

Días Doce y Trece: Evita the Visionary

On Thursday morning, we visited hospital Fernandez which is one of the top five hospitals within the city of Buenos Aires. Here we got to see what the hustle and bustle of a busy public hospital looks like. We learned about some of their challenges with things like budgets and staffing, their history, and some…

Día Once: A Colorful Day

My morning started off with the best croissant I have ever had in my life. What a great way to begin my day. After this, we all took a nice morning walk to the Austral downtown campus where are we listened to a lecture about innovation in healthcare and the innovation process overall by Ezequiel…

Día Diez: Brownies, Babies, and Tango, Oh My!

This morning I finally found a cafe drink that Argentina does right: chai lattes! With my latte in tow, we returned to Tigre today to visit CONIN, a center that assists mothers in caring for their children with a focus on proper nutrition. The moment we entered we were greeted with silly and smiling kids…

Día Nueve: Tigre Time

Today we ventured to a new area of the Buenos Aires province, the municipality of Tigre. This region is mostly comprised of islands that resemble a tiger from an aerial view, giving it the name Tigre. Our first stop in Tigre was at the docks where we boarded a medium-sized boat to go to a…

Día Ocho: A Trip to the Countryside

This morning we left for our trip to the Don Silvano estancia (cattle ranch). On the ride to the location, a guide taught us about the history of the gaucho, their traditional attire, and their way of life. This prepared s for what we would see the rest of the day. Upon arrival, they greeted…

Día Siete: My Kind of Day

Here’s to the weekend! Today was our first full non-academic day in Buenos Aires and it was a great one. Savanna and I started the day with a stop to the coffee shop down the block. It turned out to be quite comedic given I ordered a mint chocolate frappe and was served crushes ice…

Día Seis: Regulation in this Nation

Typically, when you visit another country, you don’t expect them to have such similar systems as your country. This notion of mine was proved wrong, as we found out today that Argentina has a lot of similarities to the United States. One of these is that both countries governments operate on a federal system, however,…

Día Cinco: Beauty at Every Stage of Life

Our day began bright and early as we headed to Austral for a morning lecture on the levels of healthcare coverage in Argentina. After the lesson, we got our first exposure to the public system where we attended the Posta Sanatoria, a free clinic that also doubles as a community center to its neighborhood. There,…

Día Cuatro: Pharmaceuticals with a Side of Steak

This morning, it was time to suit up (quite literally) and get moving, as we had the opportunity to tour the facilities of a pharmaceutical company, Andromaco, where we were able to learn about their production process and the industry. Upon arrival, we had to put on gear for sanitization as they explained an overview…

Día Tres: Valuable Conversations

Today we started off with a tour of the Hospital University of Austral. This was a really special experience because our tour guides were two nurses that actually worked on the units we were touring. This allowed us to ask unique questions as well as observe a unique perspective on how the hospital units operate…

Día Dos: An Introduction to Austral

Hail to Austral! Today we had our first experience at Austral, our host university here in Argentina. The university itself presented many similarities to Pitt, but the largest contrast I observed was regarding student life and university culture. The most overwhelming similarity is Austral’s hospital affiliation. Just like Pitt and UPMC, there is a top-ranking…

Día Uno: We are Not in Pittsburgh Anymore

After many hours of turbulent travel and a delay in Atlanta, we finally landed in Buenos Aires this morning. As our bus from the airport got closer to the city, the first things I noticed were very tall yet narrow apartment-like buildings. These homes on the outside of the city are not anything like the…

To The World: Buenos Aires

¡Hola y bienvenido a mi blog! My name is Lysia Gehris and I am a freshman from Williamsport, Pennsylvania. I am a Marketing and Health Services double degree student here at the University of Pittsburgh. Here at Pitt, I am involved in many student organizations. I serve as VP of Regional Conference for American Marketing…

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…