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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Edwardsville, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Faculty Led Area of Study: Pharmacy
Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE Instructor: Gonzalez, Misty
Program Description:

SIUE Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) in Guatemala

Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE Module 2) in Antigua, Guatemala:
Partnering to Improve Cultural Competency and Healthcare
Restricted to SIUE School of Pharmacy Applicants only

Guatemala Map
The purpose of this course is to experience and support a medical mission trip at the Centro de Salud in Antigua, Guatemala in partnership with St. Louis University School of Medicine physicians, medical students, and local Guatemalan healthcare practitioners.

The coordinating faculty, Wilman Ortega, MD, FCCP, welcomes SIUE School of Pharmacy students to attend missions and partner with medical students to facilitate patient care in rural clinics. Students will work in rural clinics continually run by Guatemalan clinicians trained in primary care services and educating the community. The population is mainly indigenous with very low income.

Routine primary care including treatment of upper respiratory and GI tract infections, malnutrition, hypertension, diabetes, parasites, pregnancy, and contraception will be typical. Students will be an important part of the vaccination campaign. Clinical responsibilities may include interdisciplinary ambulatory care treatment, medication selection, dispensing, counseling, health promotion, and disease prevention education. The clinics run year-round with a specific focus on outreach during medical missions. Instant or pop-up clinics may be arranged.

The mission will meet SIUE SOP’s standards for a non-patient care elective and will be assessed using the rubric in RxPreceptor. Students will participate in daily journaling to document emotional reactions, skill progress, and areas for improvement for future missions. These will be compiled into a presentation to share experiences and promote future student and/or faculty participation. Qualitative baseline and follow up assessments from international partners on the impact of pharmacy during the mission will be requested although each APPE has two required graded projects for completion. The main focus will be on provision of patient care and showcasing pharmacy practice.

Guatemala street

Prices and Payments

TBD (approximately $1200-$1400 for one month)  Please see instructor  Cost is reduced by $300 if student is fluent in Spanish.
The program fee includes:
  • Lodging in the colonial town of Antigua
  • Airport pickup/Dropoff
  • Meals 3 meals/day for 6 days/wk consisting of typical Guatemalan dishes
  • Wifi internet
  • Cable
  • Hot Water
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance
The Program Fee does not include:
  • Airline Ticket ($600 - $800)
  • SIUE tuition
  • Most Meals
  • Vaccinations
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • Personal Expenses
Payment Schedule:
  • $???  deposit payment will be due ???
  • The balance of ??? will be due ???
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.

Academic Content

PHEP 786 Advanced Practice Pharmacy Experience (APPE Module 2))
International Non-Patient Care Elective
6 credit hours

Students taking this class will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $3,908 for 6 credits.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Improvement of overall cultural competency
  • Exposure to a healthcare system that stimulates creativity and maximization of resource utilization
  • Improvement of communication of future pharmacists by practicing in Spanish
  • Exposure to the cultural, language and religious aspects that impact healthcare in the Latino community

Dr. Misty Gonzalez
University Park 220

Program Itinerary

Projected Schedule for Week 1

Sat Sun Time Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
      Preparation for trip to Guatemala (and Medical Spanish online tutorial)

Projected Schedule for Week 2

Sat Sun Time Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Arrival to Guatemala City Tour of Colonial Antigua
Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
0800-1200 Refresher Medical Spanish Class Refresher Medical Spanish Class Refresher Medical Spanish Class Refresher Medical Spanish Class; Refresher Medical Spanish Class
Airport Pickup Lunch 1300 1300 Lunch 1300 Lunch 1300 Lunch 1300 Lunch 1300 Lunch 1300
Transfer to Antigua, Guatemala Leisure Time 1400-1700 Introduction to Clinic Work Introduction to Clinic Work Introduction to Clinic Work Introduction to Clinic Work Introduction to Clinic Work
1900 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Projected Schedule for Weeks 3, 4 and 5

Sat Sun Time Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri
Optional Field Trip
Optional Field Trip
0700 Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
1300 Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work
Departure Airport drop off in Guatemala City
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
1400-1700 Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work Rural Clinic Work
1900 Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner Dinner

Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 11/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Applicants will learn of acceptance shortly after this date. If accepted, students must return to their applications to complete the next phase of requirements.