The Christ Hospital - University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program

Contact Information

The Christ Hospital-University of Cincinnati Family Medicine Residency Program
2123 Auburn Avenue, Suite 340
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Description of Program

The TCH-UC Family Medicine Residency program is sponsored by The Christ Hospital. This program has had a 3-year longitudinal Global Health track for interested residents since 1994. The residency is the original founding residency partner of Shoulder-to-Shoulder, an international medical organization that leverages U.S.-based health resources with rural villages in Central America, South America and Africa. The TCH-UC residency partners with Santa Lucia, Intibuca, Honduras. More than 10 faculty members are involved in the longitudinal experience and have created a extensive set of curriculum and field experiences for residents. The curriculum is based on the Determinants of Health Model that has identified six major determinants of health in a population.

Location(s) of program: The 2-week course that precedes the field experience takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 2-week field experience is in Honduras. In the third year, residents go to a country of their choice. In the past 15 years, residents have been in 38 different countries.

Description of field experience: In years 1 and 2 there is a 2 -week field experience. As an intern, the resident rotates through the various stations in the clinic in Santa Lucia, is involved with temporary field clinics, and may do household surveys or participate in research projects. The second-year resident is team leader for the brigade, overseeing the scheduling of participants in the work and managing the learning environment. Many residents identify this as the best rotation experience in the residency.

Description of didactics: Didactics are taught by a faculty team from various Departments at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The conferences include workshops, interactive lectures and traditional lectures. Topics typically include tropical medicine, care of underserved populations in the U.S., Determinants of Health, community-oriented primary care, travel medicine, country-specific topics, health policy, and working with translators. Experiences with local underserved populations and Medicaid offices are commonly included.

Cost to individual resident: All trip fees and salary are covered in years 1 and 2; the residency pays salary for the third-year trip abroad and up to $2000 in travel expenses.

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: all R1s, all R2s, 40% of R3s

Description of faculty involvement: Faculty are involved both in the two-week didactic series and the field experiences in Honduras. Faculty provide mentoring for third-year residents as they plan the third year experience.

Does the program accept medical students for trips? Yes

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? Yes

Approximate time of year/duration of trips: Trips are taken in October and April each year.

Who to contact if interested in applying:

Sharon Mullen
Administrative Coordinator
513-721-2221 ext 10