Duke Family Medicine Residency

Contact Information

Duke Family Residency Program
PO Box 3886
Durham, NC 27710
Fax: 919-668-1785

Description of Program

We offer several different opportunities aiming at: understanding different health care environments, learning and sharing diverse methods of healthcare delivery and education, demonstrating cultural humility, addressing local social determinants of health, applying principles of community engagement and developing competencies in global health settings.

Location(s) of international program: Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Ecuador, Lebanon, Tanzania

Description of field experience:
Argentina: Residents rotate as members of a Family Medicine Residency Program in the city of Rosario Argentina. The residency program in Rosario is nested within the Department of Public health and has 30+ residents per year, with each resident assigned to a community health center. Residents apply principles of community engagement, and address healthcare, community health prevention and social determinants of health.

Bolivia: Our newest partnership, established for 2014. Residents work at Hospital; Arco Iris in La Paz.

Ecuador: In partnership with Cachamsi. Residents live with a family in Cacha, Ecuador and attend Spanish instruction classes for half a day and rotate through different healthcare venues during the other half of the day.

Lebanon: Residents work in the Department of Family Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. They attend hospital rounds, emergency room, work in refugee camps, and the Family Medicine Center.

Tanzania: These rotations were designed together with the Duke Global Health Institute: Kilema Hospital and Marungu Hospital sites near Moshi, involve maternal and child health.

Austria: One third year resident is selected to attend and teach for one week at the Duke Family Medicine seminar offered every year at the Open Medical Institute in Salzburg. Fellows attending the seminar are physicians practicing in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union and other countries in transition.

Description of didactics: Residents are required to spend a rotation away from Duke Medical Center during their 2nd and 3rd years. These are some of the options for electives. Our program proposes learning from and contributing to a different healthcare environment and culture, addressing health care disparities, community engagement and social determinants of health through becoming an active member of the site we partner with.

Cost to individual resident: Depending on site and travel cost to the location.

Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: 3

Description of faculty involvement: Dr. Martinez-Bianchi is the principal Duke residency faculty involved in the development and connection with these international sites.

Does the program accept medical students for trips? Duke medical students and Duke Master of Global Health students can apply to spend their research year abroad at some of these locations.

Does the program accept residents from outside the program for trips? No

Approximate time of year/duration of trips: 4 weeks, available most times of the year depending on site.

Who to contact if interested in applying:

Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP