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Five Medical Students from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will be traveling to the West Bank and Israel to do a medical rotation. The set up of the rotation involves spending 1/3 of the time in Ramallah, 1/3 of the time in Israel, and 1/3 of the time in United Nations Refugee camps. Our trip will begin on March 26th to April 23rd, 2011.

The elective includes a cultural immersion into a 3rd world country compounded by conflict and war for decades. We will be exploring healthcare development, healthcare systems, and the disparities between the Israeli healthcare system and the Palestinian healthcare system. Cultural exploration and sites will be integrated into the elective.

This will be a life changing and exciting trip for everyone. Healthcare is the most vulnerable to conflict and we will be witnesses to how conflict affects care to both Palestinians and Israelis. Students will be sharing their experiences with you via text, pictures, and video!

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