Contact: Max Brito
The Global Medicine Elective is an educational activity sponsored by the Urban Global Medicine Program of the Department of Medicine (DOM). Medical students and internal medicine postgraduate trainees travel with DOM faculty to the Dominican Republic for a 2- week immersion program to learn about tropical infectious diseases and the practice of medicine in an international setting. The objectives of the program are:
1) To expose medical students, residents and fellows to the practice of medicine in a resource constrained setting
2) To understand the social determinants that negatively impact health in underserved populations
3) To provide an in-depth review and facilitate contact with patients afflicted by the most common neglected and tropical infectious diseases
4) To provide hands on experience interpreting peripheral smears and other point of care laboratory techniques used to diagnose tropical diseases
5) To foster a cultural exchange between Dominican and US trainees that promotes collegiality and future collaborations.
Our exchange program is bidirectional and brings faculty and trainees from the DR to UIC for clinical and research rotations. To date, more than 100 UIC faculty and trainees have traveled to the DR to conduct scholarly work or participate in the Global Medicine Elective. More than 30 DR trainees have visited UIC for similar purposes since 2004.