Child Health International Program (CHIP)

CHIPAt the University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital we recognize the global nature of child health, and our Child Health International Program (CHIP) is doing something about it.

We believe that working with children in the developing world can be a profound experience - one which often generates a gratifying sense of achievement as well as lifelong implications on the practice of medicine. Therefore, the goal of CHIP is to provide our pediatric residents with the tools, the time, and the training necessary to provide specific and ongoing service in the international arena.

CHIP provides funding for international rotations through a $100,000 endowment from the Tom Dooley Heritage as well as funds raised and donated by our local New Mexico Pediatrics Society. We endeavor to support each resident with funds of $1,000 - $2,000 based on the service and research components of the projects.

Our pediatrics program already has a strong record of providing international service. In recent years residents have provided services in Uganda, Botswana, Thailand, Russia and Zimbabwe. The service in Zimbabwe, which began as a one month resident driven PARC project, has evolved into a highly successful and nationally recognized non-profit organization which provides ongoing HIV education to African children (please see www.grassrootsoccer.org).

Bolstered with strong support from our Chairperson and Program Director, pediatric residents at UNM have the opportunity to arrange international rotations in both second and third years of residency. In coordination with our PARC program, interns have the opportunity and dedicated time to initiate plans for an international advocacy project which they may pursue on site in the following years.

CHIP is directed by a small group of faculty and residents dedicated to international child health. Please contact Dr. Aaron Jacobs (Director of CHIP, ajacobs@salud.unm.edu) to obtain any further information. Should you choose to pursue your pediatric residency with us at UNM, we would look forward to providing the training and support necessary for success in international child health.

Perspective

Dave Shahani

Dave Shahani, MD

Thanks to the Child Health International Program, I had the privilege of expanding my clinical training to BJ Wadia Hospital, the largest public pediatric hospital in Mumbai, India. The Indian medical system is a stark contrast to the familiarity I've grown accustomed to in my training thus far. Poverty, illiteracy, and the absence of basic resources that I have taken for granted on a daily basis. The experience not only validated the fund of knowledge and clinical skills I've gained from training at UNM, but it taught me a valuable lesson in humility.

All of our experience, both in and out of the hospital, mature us into the physicians we are meant to be. I can only thank CHIP for the opportunity and hope that you can share in the experience as I have.