Outpatient rotation working on the western coast of Nicaragua. Clinical activities included daily excursions to the surrounding countryside clinics. Most of the medical care was preformed by the resident, supervising Nicaraguan doctor and nursing staff. Public health and urgent care/ER opportunities also exist. If interested contact Francisco Trilla
It was a great opportunity to learn TCM where it originated, and learn about a whole different health system in one of the most fascinating countries currently. You can also be part of a movement to establish more family practice training sites in China.
This experience was primarily focused on outpatient medicine in the "consulta externa," at a newly-built private not-for-profit hospital. Working in the outpatient clinic provided opportunities to hone our skills in culturally-appropriate chronic disease counseling (diabetes is endemic), routine prenatal care, and pediatric acute care. In addition, we spent several... more »
I spent one very busy, fun, and educationally rich week at the Marie Stopes clinic in Colonia Roma in Mexico City. Marie Stopes is a reproductive health organization based in the UK that is a major actor in providing safe and legal access to abortions worldwide. The Roma clinic... more »
I did a two-week medical mission trip based in the city of Valladolid, Mexico, in the Yucatan Peninsula. The mission of International Medical Assistance (IMA), the sponsoring organization, is to share the love of God through serving the poor in medical, surgical, and dental projects. I was part of... more »
I worked with the Myanmar GP society to create and teach a course in Medical English, communication skills and EBM. This course was a pilot project for the Myanmar College of Family Medicine. The long term goal is to create a primary care training program for Burmese physicians since... more »
1) Asylum evaluations on Mondays with Lucia plus 1-2 half days to complete the write up. Will also need to do about 1hr of prep work reading the declaration ahead of time. The first one is a shadow and learning experience. Residents must commit to doing a second one... more »
Celas Maya is a Spanish language school in Guatemala’s second largest city, Quetzaltenango (aka Xela). Celas Maya provides one-on-one language classes with a Spanish teacher, up to 5 hours per day. They will additionally arrange for a home-stay with a local family and clinical experience based on the student’s... more »
I spent a rich month in Mexico City working at the abortion clinics CIPA and Acompanme. These clinics are run by a husband and wife (she is a generalist and he is a surgeon). They are leaders in abortion care in Mexico and throughout Latin America – having trained... more »
I spent elective away time with Compañeros En Salud, Partners In Health, in Chiapas Mexico teaching the Pasantes in rural clinics. Throughout Mexico, upon completion of medical school, doctors are required to spend a year in social service as a Pasante, local doctor working in a rural or underserved... more »
While local and while traveling for interviews, I was easily able to explore some areas of interest of mine in public health/women’s health using the Coursera website for online courses offered through Emory University: Childbirth: A Global Perspective and through UCSF: Abortion: Quality Care and Public Health Implications. The... more »
Project Medishare, an affiliate of the University of Miami, runs one of the few critical care hospitals in Port au Prince, Haiti. It is staffed by Haitian doctors and nurses but also relies heavily on teams of international volunteer doctors, nurses, EMTs, respiratory therapists, etc. The hospital consists of... more »
URICT-Uganda is a small NGO in Kamuli, Uganda with multiple ambitious community projects. I worked with URICT and the local hospital, Kamuli General, perform a program evaluation and needs assessment for URICT’s Safe Motherhood Initiative started in 2014. The goal of the project is to reduce maternal morbidity/mortality and... more »
I spent a day on elective doing the asylum training with Lucia Roncalli. This was a full day at her house going through the pretty voluminous ledger of articles and information about different aspects of the asylum interview.
I spent 3 weeks at an unofficial refugee camp in Patras, serving mostly Afghani and Pakistani men. They were sleeping in 2 abandoned factories while they attempted to jump onto cargo ships that leave the port daily in order to continue there journey west. Speaking Farsi, Urdu, or Arabic... more »
We designed a two week elective including literature review, interviews with local stakeholders, and other informal/formal collection of info (grocery store visits, conversations with community members, cultural education) about the causes of (and hopeful solutions to) obesity in the Cook Islands, a unique South Pacific community with one of... more »
I spent time shadowing multiple specialties as they went through their days, paying particular attention to their use of technology in documentation & clinical decision making.
There was no change from my elective experiences and what I wrote on my elective form. During my elective selective the primary bulk of my time was used attending a Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) course in Portland, OR and attending the AAFP Conference in Kansas City, MO. The... more »
I traveled to Bangalore, India for the 2019 Family Medicine and Primary Care conference organized by the Academy of Family Physicians of India. I participated as a panelist in one discussion and also used this time to network with Family Physicians and learn more about the healthcare system in... more »