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March 1973

Surgical Education in a Developing CountryParticipation of a Rural Community Hospital in Colombia

Author Affiliations

Denver; Boston; Apartadó, Colombia
From the Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver (Dr. Hill); Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston (Dr. Herrera-Aceña); Hospital de Apartadó, Colombia (Dr. Arboleda and Mr. Montoya); Servicio Seccional de Salud, Departamento de Antioquia, Colombia (Dr. Arboleda); and Facultad de Medicina, University of Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (Mr. Montoya). Dr. Hill was formerly Visiting Consultant, Hospital de Apartadó, Colombia, and is now with the Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Arch Surg. 1973;106(3):356-358. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1973.01350150090025

The Health Department of Antioquia, Colombia, in consultation with the University of Antioquia School of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health established a 25-bed hospital in Apartadó, far from any urban center, in 1969. This was in response to an influx of population stimulated by an inflow of agricultural and manufacturing enterprises. In addition to its important role as a center for public health programs and for acute care it has proved invaluable as a training ground for young doctors in their "rural year," for interns, and for nurses and nurse's aides.