Colombia Tropical Medicine Program


At the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, we imagine a world where no matter where you are, we can diagnose and treat neglected tropical diseases. Our vision will make sure that prevalent diseases like leprosy, leishmaniasis and Chagas are eliminated, and that the devastating stigma associated with these illnesses no longer exists. We imagine a future in which effective treatments already in existence are made available around the world, where they can improve the quality of life for countless people. We believe that one day anyone could travel anywhere, at any time, and return home healthy and safe.

We will realize our ambitious vision by leveraging university expertise to disseminate knowledge and treatments to health professionals in the United States and across the globe. Our efforts to train a network of local providers will ensure that we prepare those who will go on to change lives in their own communities. We will make an incredible impact with a significant scope, and in today’s ever-growing global community, our work could not be more important.

At the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, we offer management expertise in tropical medicine conditions. For more information visit UCHealth Infectious Disease/Travel (TEAM) Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus.

We offer opportunity for an elective rotation in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Universidad del Valle, School of Medicine in Cali, Colombia. Pathology include advanced HIV/AIDS complications with multiple opportunistic infection, tuberculosis, MDR bacterial infection, arboviruses, and malaria among others. Initial requirements include:

  • Spanish proficiency certificate (minimum level B2)
  • Presentation letter to the hosting institution
  • Motivational letter from student or rotator
  • Copy of MD degree certificate or active student enrollment
  • Copy of current grades
  • Copy of bibliographic page of passport
  • Photo
  • Up-to-date vaccinations including MMR, influenza, hepatitis B series titers, Varicella (vaccine or protective titers)
  • PPD or QuantiFERON
  • Blood type

Other potential sites in Colombia are Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, and Centro de Investigación en Salud para el Trópico (CIST) center, at Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia in Santa Marta.

Chagas Disease:

  • Implementation of effective strategies for Chagas screening of pregnant and childbearing age women (Pilot Program in Santa Marta and SNSM, Colombia)
  • Effects and clinical description of Chagas congenital infection on young children
  • Pilot program of Chagas screening among pregnant women at risk for Chagas Disease in Colorado

Leprosy:

  • Epidemiology, molecular diagnosis of Diffuse lepromatous leprosy - Dermatology Clinic, Hospital General de Mexico, Mexico City
  • Protocol: Co-infection caused by M. leprae and M. lepromatis (National Hansen’s Disease Program and Tropical Medicine Institute, Medellín, Colombia).
  • Protocol: Epidemiology of NTM lung in Latin America in collaboration with NJH.
  • Epidemiology of leprosy transmission.

Cryptococcus:

  • Cohort study at University of Colorado Hospital
  • Clinical descriptions of cases in Colombia
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