China Cal Externship Winter 2017










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Objective: In 2017, China California Heart Watch will host our “12th Annual China Cal Winter 2017 externship” fundraising activity in December 2017. The objective of our externship activity is to raise funds to support our charitable mission and to create awareness of the problems of healthcare in rural China, and to encourage students toward a career in public health, nursing, or medicine focused on under-served populations.

Location and Program: All extern activities will occur in rural areas of Yunnan Province, China.  Yunnan has a population of about 44 million people and is one of the poorest and most medically underserved regions of China.

Dates: Our winter 2017 externship dates will be as follows:

December 15, 2017 to December 28, 2017  – Faculty instructors:  Cheng Loh  M.D.

Program Coordinators: Meredith Yang and Roy Y. Chan, M.A.,











Externship Description:  Upon arrival in Dali, Yunnan Province, China, externs will undergo four days of training under the direction of Professor Robert Detrano, M.D., Ph.D. from UC Irvine School of Medicine. The goal is to understand the basics of congenital heart disease in China, the purpose and practice of the newborn training program, to assist in the physical and ultrasound heart examination of children, and to become well acquainted with rural life in Yunnan Province. At the completion of the training, externs will then travel to rural county centers where they will participate in supervised screening and examination of young children for heart disease and assisting in the training of rural doctors. Externs will be taught by faculty members and staff from UCI, Hong Kong University, and Kunming Medical University.

Students are required to cover the cost of their round-trip air ticket and visa. All non Chinese citizens will be required to obtain a valid Chinese visa. This must be organized and paid though local agencies or the Chinese consulate/embassy in your home country.  Visa costs vary from year to year between $50 and $150 USD.

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Health and Safety: Yunnan Province, China is safe for foreign visitors.  Students will be advised regarding caution and care for their belongings and documents. Health risks are relatively few. However, as visitors sometimes suffer from gastro-­‐enteritis, China Cal doctors will provide prophylactic education, and medications will be on-­‐hand if needed.

Curriculum.  Our externships are serious learning experiences for those interested in a career in health sciences (medicine, nursing, public health, etc.). University medical school professors will teach medical/public health courses where students will receive professional development and training from university faculty, doctors and nurses. According to performance during lectures and practical training, externs will be awarded letters of recommendation documenting your participation which may be used for graduate school or employment.

Group 1. This group will assist in exams of children with congenital heart disease who are self-referred or referred by local physicians.  All work will be supervised by a faculty member or local cardiologist.

Group 2. Follow local university faculty who are training county physicians and assist in training.  This may include giving simple lectures in Mandarin, answering questions and assisting in correcting quizzes, etc.  This work will be supervised by a local cardiologist or cardiac surgeon.

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Faculty.  Faculty will consist of U.S. medical school, senior faculty and nursing faculty along with local Chinese medical school faculty members. There will, in general, be a student-faculty ratio of ten to one or lower. Professor Robert Detrano, M.D., Ph.D. of the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and faculty members of the Kunming Medical University will lead the team, as well as nurse Fang Qi Guo, Ph.D.

Externship CostsA donation of $3000 USD is requested. This donation will be tax exempt. Part of the donation  will be used to support expenses for the externship program (e.g., accommodations, food, local transportation). All donors are recognized on our website donor page.

Airfare & Visas.  The externs will be responsible for their own roundtrip airfare to and from Dali, Yunnan Province, China. This normally cost about $900-$1350 USD total. In addition, externs from the United States are required to purchase a Chinese visa. This normally cost about $50-$100 USD (single/multiple entries).

Language Requirements.  Knowledge of Mandarin is strongly recommended.  More than half of the time during the externship will be spent with non-English speakers.  All students must participate in the training part of the activity which requires near fluency in Mandarin.

Cancellation.  Since 2006, China California Heart Watch has never canceled an externship/internship program. However, if this should become necessary due to natural disaster or changes in government regulations and/or for administrative reasons, China Cal will refund the entire donation fee amount to the extern minus any bank/administrative fees. If the externship is not canceled but the extern decides withdraw, China Cal will give students credit to attend a future externship in Summer or Winter 2018. However, no refund will be issued.

Closure of Externship.  Admission into the externship will close when sufficient externs have been recruited, or 20 days before the start date of the externship whichever occurs first.

Application, Interview and Waiver of Liability.  Students will have to complete an application and waiver of liability and undergo a phone interview to be accepted into the externships. Please contact Meredith Yang at or Dr. Robert C. Detrano at for an application.