Via Christi FM Residency
Description of Program
The Via Christi Family Medicine Residency program encourages residents to pursue international health elective rotations during their second or third year of residency. Additionally, we have developed an international family medicine fellowship following residency. The Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship has developed a practical training program specifically for family practitioners who have a passion and a purpose to use their medical skills in serving the poor and underserved overseas. This one-year, post residency training program is designed to equip family physicians with a unique knowledge base and clinical skills set necessary to serve effectively in developing countries.
Location(s) of program: Wichita, KS, with participation at one of several partnering mission hospitals in eastern and southern Africa.
Description of field experience: International Fellowship will include: two months of tropical medicine, five months of on-campus rotations, and five months of practical, in-the-field experience at a partnering mission hospital.
Description of didactics: To include a certificate course in public health, computer-based learning in tropical medicine, on-campus "seminars" on practical medical mission topics, and rotations through trauma, burn care, anesthesia, ultrasonography, dental, and optional courses in perspectives in missions.
Cost to individual resident: To be announced.
Number of residents who have participated in the last two years: 4
Description of faculty involvement: S. Todd Stephens, MD, DTM&H, has six years of in-the-field experience in Kenya and Rwanda. Scott Stringfield, MD, has completed several short-term trips to Kenya and Zimbabwe. Visiting faculty from various fields also participate.
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: Varies.
Who to contact if interested in applying:
Dr. Todd Stephens