Swedish Family Medicine Residency
Description of Program
At least one of our faculty members travels to Ecuador every year with two or three interested residents to provide medical services at multiple underserved sites around Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. We have participated in this rotation since 2001, and it is conducted with Global Volunteers and the Camp Hope Foundation. Lodging, meals and Spanish language interpreters are provided.
Location(s) of program: Quito, Ecuador
Description of field experience: With the help of our host and the Camp Hope Foundation, we provide basic primary care to several underserved populations in Quito, Ecuador, and perhaps in an area outside the city as well. This includes setting up temporary clinics, with only the supplies we bring, and working in established facilities that have some supplies. Previous sites have included: day care centers serving poorer areas of the city, a center for education and rehabilitation for disabled children (Camp Hope), a drug and alcohol treatment program, the city landfill, a juvenile detention center, a center for abused women and children, and a small orphanage (Casa Hogar). The rotation is generally one-three weeks in length, and most residents use an additional week of vacation during the rotation.
Description of didactics: Residents participate in case presentations with their peers and a faculty member regularly, and each residents researches and presents relevant topics to the group during the rotation. Also, the group presents a conference to the residency program about their experience upon their return.
Cost to individual resident: Airfare plus $300 (covers a portion of the administrative fee)
Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: 7
Description of faculty involvement: At least one faculty member accompanies each group of residents and coordinates their clinical and didactic work, providing direct supervision on site.
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: Fall/1-3 week trip during a one month International Medicine rotation.
Who to contact if interested in applying:
Leah Cooper, MD