In the recent years, the Agape Rural Program has expanded its program to accommodate local and foreign students, for Medical Electives. This is in response to the need of medical students to have an opportunity to have hands- on experience on holistic community based health program and the Health Care Delivery System of the Philippines.
The program is 3 to 4 weeks inclusive of hospital and community exposure to provide an avenue for medical students to learn the principles of holistic patient care and community based health projects currently being implemented by Agape Rural Health Program in the province of Palawan. The medical electives will also be introduced to one of ARP’s distinctive, the spiritual and physical integrated approach to health care. It affirms its core value that unless individuals and communities are transformed from within, true transformation cannot take place.
The medical elective program of the ARP seeks to provide a venue for medical elective students to learn holistic patient care and community based health and development program, where patients and the community become partners and managers of their health care. Specific Objectives:
- 1. Learn about the concept of holistic community based health program.
- 2. Learn good character values for total patient care.
- 3. Study the prevention, control and management of tropical and common diseases in the province.
- 4. Learn about community based malaria control.
- 5. Learn about Private-Public mix Directly Observed Short course for Tuberculosis Treatment as an effective strategy for TB Control.
- 6. Enhance clinical knowledge and skills.
- 7. Experience/Observe the local ways and cultures of people/patients and how these affect their concept of health and illness and well-being.
- 8. Compare the health care delivery system, approaches to health and medical care of the Philippines with their country of origin for foreign students.
- 9. Help implement community health projects.
- 10. Establish and sustain professional relationship with local counterparts/colleagues and the community people.