One of the Family Medicine Residency Program’s central missions is to provide care to underserved populations. The program believes strongly in offering global health experiences as part of the residents’ training.
We have a long history of resident and faculty involvement in global health projects. We have several sites that residents participate on a regular basis where well established programs are located, but residents are not limited to choose these locations. Established sites include: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, and Peru. Residents have also participated in programs in Cameroon and Zimbabwe. Residents are allowed to use a 1 month elective time block during their 3rd year to participate in this opportunity if they meet residency time and patient care requirements.
Field experiences vary depending on location but primarily involve direct clinical care (usually in rural areas), public health education projects, and occasionally hospital experiences.
A faculty member frequently accompanies the residents on the Peru and Ecuador trips. Faculty members are also involved in organization and preparatory work for all other locations.