PRONTO Needs Summer Researchers

The PRONTO program, headed by UCSF faculty member Dr. Dilys Walker, is looking for graduate or medical students interested in conducting maternal health field research this summer (2014) in Guatemala. Ideal candidates have strong Spanish language skills, both spoken and written (i.e. able to write a scientific paper in Spanish), knowledge of or strong interest in maternal health and childbirth care, a high degree of professionalism, experience in developing country settings, and a taste for adventure (think long, dusty bus rides to remote clinics). We have specific research goals involving observing provider practices during childbirth and/or conducting surveys with health care providers and pregnant women, all contributing to measuring the impact of an innovative training program in obstetric and neonatal emergency response and other maternal health interventions. Activities can be tailored to meet students’ research goals as well, and we can work with you to ensure that projects meets medical student or graduate-level research/practicum requirements. Candidates must secure their own funding for summer research; we will support your efforts to obtain RAPtr or other funding.


For those interested, please send your resume and a brief paragraph describing your interest and language abilities to Dilys Walker at and Francesca Holme at