A Message for Enrolled Summer 2020 Interns and Prospective Candidates
March 12, 2020
International Medical Aid’s Leadership Team and Medical Advisory Board are actively monitoring the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID 19) and its impact on international travel. We recognize the concern associated with this recent coronavirus outbreak for students, families and our university partners. The health and safety of students and staff abroad is always our top priority. We remain committed to following the guidance of the CDC, WHO, US State Department, and all relevant local health authorities. Our staff is in daily communication with local embassies and public health officials as we continue to ensure that our risk management procedures and protocols align with best practices.
At the present time, all of our Summer 2020 and Fall/Winter 2020 Programs in East Africa are operating as planned and our programs have not been directly impacted by the outbreak (See Updates from U.S. Embassy in Nairobi). There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kenya and the country remains safe and open to visitors. Should this change and we deem it necessary to cancel or postpone placements, we will contact you with alternative options as soon as possible.
We understand that this is a dynamic situation and are working to be as flexible as possible. Accordingly, we have relaxed some admissions policies to allow students to defer Summer 2020 Placements to Fall/Winter 2020 or Summer 2021 at no cost. Any amount paid towards a Summer 2020 Placement may be used towards a Fall/Winter 2020 or Summer 2021 Placement.
As we are doing today, we will continue to provide important updates in the coming weeks. Rest assured, our entire team in the United States, East Africa, and South America is here to provide you guidance and support every step of the way.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns via email or schedule a call with our staff using the following link.
Resources for Additional Information and Updates
Program Safety and Security
International Medical Aid maintains a 100% safety rating and our organization has had no incidents with interns or staff in any of our programs.
International Medical Aid (IMA) makes every effort to assure the safety of our interns and staff. We provide ample local guidance and 24/7, U.S.-based support for interns and their loved ones. We provide interns a full orientation of the local area in addition to physician led orientations of the placement site including an overview of AAMC’s Guidelines for Premedical and Medical Students Providing Patient Care During Clinical Experiences Abroad and OSHA’s Universal Precautions.
All our residences are located within the safest neighborhoods of the cities in which we operate. Each residence is enclosed in a gated community with 24/7 security staff. We employ only designated, private transportation for our interns and disallow the use of public transport. In case of exposure to infectious disease, interns will have access to Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. We offer all our interns comprehensive travel, accident, and health insurance. All treks and safaris organized by IMA Safaris Africa contract vetted travel partners and trusted guides. Furthermore, we continuously monitor advisories from the U.S. Department of State and when deemed necessary, proactively take measures to protect our interns and staff.