St. Clotilde, Peru (Peruvian Amazon)

Address:  Distrito Napo, Provincia Maynas, Región Loreto, 54130 Santa Clotilde, Loreto, Peru

Contact Information:  Dr. Videsh Kapoor


Webpage:  St. Clotilde Peru Elective

Length of Placement:  4 weeks minimum


Current elective placements available for two students per month.  Ideal for students in their clinical training period (MED 4, Residents).  Basic Spanish is essential and taking some Spanish lessons prior to your elective is strongly suggested. This elective is not open to volunteers or learners with no Spanish language ability.

This elective/placement in Peru is coordinated through the Division of Global Health (Department of Family Practice). The elective is based at the The Centro De Salud of Sta. Clotilde, which has 32 beds and is located on the Napo River in Peru’s Amazon region providing service and community outreach for 13 river communities.   Supervision is provided by St. Clotilde local and visiting medical staff physicians.

Elective Description 

A clinical placement consists of a minimum of a four week service learning elective concentrating on inpatient and outpatient international health care at the Centro De Salud hospital. Students/Residents act as subinterns on Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Surgical units, under the direct supervision of hospital staff and visiting physicians.   Students/Residents will assist in the operating room as well as preoperative and postoperative care. Students/Residents will take call, not more than every fourth night, which will maintain coverage of the wards and Emergency Room. They also spend a minimum of three hours per day in the outpatient clinic seeing a variety of surgical, internal medicine, pediatric and obstetrical problems. Emphasis is placed on the skills of history and physical examination which enable the student/resident to arrive at a diagnosis and treatment plan.  Students/Residents are expected to actively participate in rounds and become familiar with the various diseases of the population. He/she will also be required to do a formal case presentation at the Centro De Salud.  Students/Residents are encouraged to participate in community-directed research and project development that will lead to sustainable and innovative solutions to improve health outcomes and strengthen community capacity.   More information on current projects can be found at:

This placement is also available to physicians in practice.

Application details: 

This elective is suitable for 3rd or 4th year medical students and residents, who have done some or all of their clinical clerkship training.  Clinical volunteer placements for practicing physicians are available.   Placements spots fill quickly, so it is ideal to inquire about this elective at least 6 months in advance.

To arrange a clinical placement or elective or obtain further information, contact:  Dr. Videsh Kapoor


Review pre-departure checklist on the global health website

Emergency contact information

Student Mobility Agreement

Submit proof of travel medical and emergency evacuation insurance

Proof of immunization

Proof of approval by your Site Director, Course Director, or Resident Program Advisor

Spanish language training strongly advised

Preparation of a teaching presentation for the St. Clotilde medical team.

Upon return, a summary report or presentation will be expected.

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