Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. The city’s focal point is Plaza de la Independencia, bordered by the fortresslike Mérida Cathedral and white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, colonial-era churches built using relics from ancient Mayan temples. The Casa de Montejo, a 16th-century mansion, is a landmark of colonial plateresque architecture.

OST 590: Community Medicine in Yucatan, Mexico (3 credits)
Spring Break

This program combines hospital shadowing with community healthcare and offers students a view of Mayan culture. Students also are given opportunities to: interact with Mexican healthcare professionals, observe common and uncommon pathology, and work in rural healthcare clinics. Clinical shadowing experience includes: pediatric oncology, emergency medicine, OB/GYN, community medicine, and hyperbaric medicine. There will also be limited opportunities available for general surgeries.

It is the discretion of the Course Director to determine which students may participate. An interview may be required.

For more information, please contact IGH

  • Undergraduate student at Michigan State OR first year medical curriculum (COM/CHM/CON) student at Michigan State University.
  • 2.5 GPA required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.

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The Office of Study Abroad offers scholarships to students who participate in MSU’s study abroad programs. Details here.