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DIETETIC INTERNS FROM GUATEMALA CONCLUDE TRAINING AT MIAMI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
(7/14/2010)

Miami, FL – A group of five dietetic interns from La Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala concluded their two-month training at Miami Children's Hospital (MCH) as part of the Global Health Services department’s teaching program. The interns rotated throughout hospitals in Guatemala for over a year and a half before having the opportunity to train at Miami Children's Hospital. Global Health Services has collaborated with La Universidad Francisco Marroquin with teaching programs for several years; however, this fortunate group of interns experienced the longest training period to date.

The Latin American nutritionists worked closely with the hospital’s clinical dietitians throughout the program. Job tasks included: completing consults, providing education to patients and their families, and food service management rotation. The group took part in lectures regarding infant nutrition from birth to 12 months and developed a 5-part lecture series on various nutrition topics that the hospital plans to utilize in the future. “At Miami Children's Hospital, the interns learned techniques and used products that are not used in Guatemala or aren’t available,” said Andrea Maggioni M.D., Hospitalist, Global Health Services. “They can now apply everything they learned here to the children in Guatemala.”


Photo Caption #2 ( from left to right): Andrea Massis, Dietetic Intern; Erin Corrigan, MS, RD, LD/N, MCH Clinical Nutrition Manager; Joan Collier, Dietetic Intern; Nick Mantasas, MS, RD, Director of Food and Nutrition Services; Andrea Maggioni M.D., Hospitalist; Andrea Aquino, Dietetic Intern; Geraldine Arellano, Global Health Services; Marcela Tánchez, Dietetic Intern. (Not pictured: Dayana Tornoe, Dietetic Intern)

About Miami Children’s Hospital
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children's Hospital® is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with several specialty programs ranked among the best in the nation in 2008, 2009 and 2010 by U.S.News & World Report. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor.

About Miami Children's Hospital Global Health Services
Miami Children's Hospital draws pediatric patients from around the world. The Global Health Services serves as a single point of contact for international patients to ensure their proper coordination of care and that families are as comfortable as possible before, during and after their visit to Miami Children's Hospital. Referring physicians from around the world can call directly the MCH physician to evaluate, coordinate and plan their patient’s medical needs. The toll free phone number is: 1-866-681-9739. Our physicians are just one phone call away. Global Health Services offers personalized care from a dedicated physician while at the hospital, as well as assistance with medical appointments and hospital transfers. Interpreter services, financial estimates of hospital costs, visa assistance, and discounts on hotel accommodations and car rentals are also available through this service.  

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