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  • Locations: Port Maria, Jamaica
  • Program Terms: Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 05/01/2020
Rolling Admission 04/27/2020 08/31/2020
Summer 2021 06/01/2020
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2021 11/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
UCIE Program Coordinator: Joy Wanderi Program: Third Party
Supporting Department: Medicine, Boonshoft School of
Program Description:



Program Description:

Module travel takes place annually during two weeks in July.  Exact dates are updated annually. Students work in multiple communities in St. Mary Parish, Jamaica.  During the experience, students will be exposed to cultural, economic, health and social issues typical of rural Jamaican people. Students will work, under the direction of both American and Jamaican supervisors, with underserved members of rural communities. Students will have the opportunity to work with and under the supervision of volunteer physicians, nurses and other members of the health care team.
Students will work in clinics daily in local communities with great need. Students may also work in nursing home and hospitals. Activities will include setting up and breaking down mobile clinics, working with patients in areas such as taking a history and physical, and physical examination, and providing recreation opportunities for disabled patients, and/or orphaned children.
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Academic Course Information:

 Student will engage in extensive orientation prior to traveling to Jamaica, meeting as a group, gathering medical supplies and medications to be transported and learning about Jamaican culture.

Under the direction of local health personnel, student will learn how to set up, run and tear down mobile health clinics while providing basic primary care services to rural villages of Jamaica

Students will learn how to interact appropriately with Jamaican people in educational and recreational settings.

While in Jamaica, student will engage in active oral reflection with small groups and maintain regular written journal entries related to their experiences.
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About the Faculty Program Advisor:

Dr. Thomas Herchline Thomas Herchline, M.D., Professor, Dept. of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Education. M.D.: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (1985) Internship: Wright State University, Dayton, OH (Internal Medicine)(1986) Residency: Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, OH (Internal Medicine)(1988). Fellowship (Infectious Diseases): Ohio State University. Dr. Herchline has led dozens of medical trips to Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Honduras.

Marla FitzwaterMarla Fitzwater, Executive Director, Marla Fitzwater came to Jamaica in 1988 to begin what is now American-Caribbean Experience.  With an advanced degree from “The School of Hard Knocks”, Marla has molded ACE to have maximum impact through strategic long-term, self-sustaining initiatives. This ultimately creates community transformation through truly changed lives.
Under the direction of Marla, ACE has grown exponentially throughout the years and continues to grow and prosper.

Medical students from Wright State come to give and learn, and ACE’s Jamaican community and Galina Breeze Hotel treat these future doctors with much culture and love.  Students from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine serve at several different clinics throughout the parish of St. Mary. Most of the clinics are run by the Ministry of Health and activities are closely coordinated with the Ministry of Health. Other locations include the ACE Green Life Wellness Center and the St Mary Infirmary.
By partnering with medical groups from the US, ACE holds quarterly medical clinics throughout the parish. In working with the Jamaican Ministry of Health, our teams are able to make regular visits to the government clinics, enabling these communities to receive the care and treatment they so desperately need. By holding regular clinics, the health problems of the communities are treated regularly therefore decreasing the acuteness of the illnesses.
Over 2200 patients are seen each year serving 6 different local clinics.
4+ medical trips are held each year, at least one per quarter.
ACE partners with the Jamaican Ministry of Health to ensure continued care.
Medical teams are usually 15-30 people including doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors, and many other medical and non-medical volunteers

ACE Healthcare Happenings

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Meals and Accommodations:Hotel in Jamaica

Lodging and food are provided through the Galina Breeze Hotel. Please note that rooms will be configured with bunk beds to allow 4-6 per room. There is an onsite jerk stand that sells chicken and pork for an extra charge.

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Medical students must be enrolled in the Boonshoft School of Medicine.

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Before You Leave:

Students will be required to do some readings that will be available to them online. Students will also be required to meet 3-4 times before departure to prepare for travel.
Students will be required by the University Center for International Education to complete mandatory pre-departure information online a few weeks before departure.
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Getting There:

There will be a group reservation for airline travel, as long as there are at least ten students traveling together. Students unable to travel with the group will be responsible for purchasing their own tickets to and from Jamaica. PLEASE NOTE: You must arrive within ACE transportation time parameters or there will be additional transportation costs. Please arrive in Montego Bay before 3:00PM on the day of arrival, and depart NO EARLIER than NOON on your return.

UCIE suggests the following travel agencies that work with university students.  They may be able to provide payment plan options: STA Travel and Student Universe.
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Program Costs:

All students will be required to pay the $100 application fee to UCIE upon registration.  This fee covers the International SOS Medical & Travel Security Services. ACE requires that all participants have short term travel insurance; the International SOS coverage meets this requirement.

Trips are 13 days in length and typically run Sunday to Friday. The cost is $1500 per person for the two week stay. This includes lodging and food at Galina Breeze Hotel, transportation to and from the airport, organized medical clinics, 24-hour security, and transportation to and from the clinic sites. Please note that this is a group rate and is based on 4-6 per room. There will be two “Free day” activities; each will cost an additional $25 that you will need to bring with you on the island. Airfare is typically approximately $800 round trip.

American Caribbean Experience
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Affording the Program:

WSU financial aid is applicable to this program.  To learn more about your specific financial aid options you should contact to make an appointment with the financial aid advisor.

Some academic departments offer scholarships for study abroad, there are some scholarships available nationally as well.  Please ask your study abroad coordinator for more information.

Many students reach out to family, friends, and community and religious organizations for support.  Some choose to create an online funding site, others send out letters requesting support.

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Passports and Visas:

A valid passport is required for all international travel. Its best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. The UCIE is an official US Passport Center and we can help you with your photo and passport processing needs.  See here for more information.

Some study abroad destinations will require you to obtain a visa.  A visa is permission given to you by your host country to allow you to enter the country for a specific amount of time.  In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is visa the US Department of State’s webpage.

The UCIE is happy to guide you to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close information to consular updates. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
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Health and Safety:

WSU is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

WSU faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. Please consider reviewing the following sites for further information:
US Department of State
US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC)
International SOS ( for medical and security advice. WSU membership #: 11BSGC000054

Before travel WSU students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in several ways including:
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad
  • Get advice on how to travel with your medication
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad

WSU faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)   in case of an emergency abroad.

If you are participating in a WSU Ambassador Program, you are automatically covered with a UHP Health Insurance Packet  through University Health Plans.  
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Contacts and More Information:

University Center for International Education (UCIE)

Program Coordinator:

Joy Wanderi
Education Abroad Coordinator

Department Contact:

Dr. Thomas Herchline
Professor of Internal Medicine
(937) 208-2873

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