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Nov. 4, 2013
A new partnership between Providence and Swedish residents and Universidad de Rafael Landivar, a Jesuit university in Guatemala, will bring family practice residency rotations to Guatemala. Providence and the university will have much to learn from each other as the program will provide opportunities for residents and students to serve in the both countries. Plans are underway to select the first residents to begin rotations in Guatemala in 2014.
In Guatemala, Providence residents will participate in an innovative model of health care delivery implemented by the university. It involves door-to-door surveying of each household in remote villages that have little to no access to health resources, while identifying health issues and recording risks to health (e.g. chronic medical problems, environmental risks like open stoves of proximity to sewage, psychosocial such as domestic violence or isolation). This provides medical teams with a color-coded map containing health assessments of every member of the communities they serve to conduct daily home visits for follow-up care. Residents will get to learn about the integration of population health with individual health, treatment of local infectious diseases and use of physical exam for diagnosis in low-resource settings. In return, Providence residents can help further the education of university students by providing an outside perspective for continuous quality improvement, as well as collaborate in clinical and public health research.
In the U.S., university medical students will complete their internships at one of our Providence ministries. Read about the first Guatemalan medical exchange students, Ivan and Ilse. Over time this relationship will help us achieve greater understanding of our cultures and better service to our patients. It will also complement the surgical and public health trips already underway.
If interested in participating, either as a resident or a host family or ministry, you can contact your local residency program’s director.
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