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Elective Rotation: General Information

During the second and third years, each resident has a total of twenty weeks of elective time available in which to develop special interests and proficiencies. Residents may choose to spend eight weeks of elective time at other facilities at some distance from the program.

  • Examples of electives from recent years include:
  • Focused OB experience in Ghana and Nicaragua
  • Rural healthcare across the globe, from Alaska to Zimbabwe
  • Community-oriented primary care in Guatemala, Mexico, and Nepal
  • Integrative medicine
  • Promoting wellness in underserved populations
  • Additional abortion training
  • Intensive vasectomy training
  • Indian Health Service sites in California and elsewhere
  • Outpatient cancer prevention, screening skills
  • Module development for colposcopy training at the residency
  • Geriatric medicine in Australia
  • Family therapy and hypnosis training
  • Maternity care with nurse-midwives at a birthing center
  • Preventive medicine and patient education
  • Osteopathy
  • Hyperbaric medicine
  • Cardiology and oncology including folk beliefs and remedies in Vietnam
  • Hospital and clinical experience in Japan and India
  • Spanish immersion courses in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Spain
  • Acupuncture training in China

Additional sub-specialty experiences at local, university based, national, or international sites: cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, HIV, rheumatology, endocrinology, critical care medicine, emergency medicine/trauma, gynecology, sports medicine, dermatology, etc.

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