Care of Refugees (FPMD 7510)

For University of Utah medical students only

Course length:

Four weeks

Brief Description of Clinical Course:

The health care needs of America’s refugees are different from the needs of the average American, and caring for them requires unique professional knowledge and skills. A refugee is a person who has left his or her country and is unable or unwilling to return because of a well-founded fear of persecution on the basis of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Utah is currently home to 30,000-50,000 refugees, primarily located in Salt Lake City. Salt Lake City resettlement agencies are currently settling refugees in our city at a rate of about 1,000 refugees per year. Thus, our city is a center for refugee health issues, and these issues are becoming increasingly important nationwide. This four-week elective for senior medical students involves a variety of activities structured to teach the essentials of refugee care. Through this elective, students will gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare them to effectively care for refugees during their medical careers.


Senior medical student in good standing


Throughout this four-week elective, students are expected to invest at least 40 hours each week on refugee-related activities. During the entire rotation, at least 40 hours should be spent in a primary care clinical setting. Another 20 hours throughout the four week block should be spent caring for or interacting with refugees in specialty clinics. The remainder of the student’s time throughout this four-week elective can be spent in the other required refugee-related activities described below.


Marlana Li, MD Bio ]
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Phone: 801-587-3408

Course Coordinator

Jessica Bickley
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Phone: 801-587-3408