School of Medicine

Division of Family Medicine - Residency Program

International Medicine

The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine has a long standing interest in global health and a record of consistent faculty support and involvement. Previous residents have visited many different countries including: Ghana, Mexico, Ecuador, Micronesia, and Russia.

Before Residency

  • Interested incoming R1s can choose a schedule with the Rural Rotation in the R1 year, which can be used for an International Language Rotation. This is especially encouraged for those residents interested in the Maternal Child Health longitudinal experience and needing Spanish language skills.

Local Opportunities

Many medical providers doing international work seek out local opportunities to work with underserved and ethnically diverse populations. The following list highlights some of these local opportunities.

People’s Clinic:
  • Residents spend time at this non-profit, primary care clinic that provides high-quality medical services to an uninsured population in Park City, Utah.
Maternal Child Health Longitudinal Experience:
  • Two residents per class during the R2 and R3 year may have a continuity clinic at the Community Health Center. Application occurs in the R1 year. This experience involves one half-day of clinic weekly during the second and third years, seeing obstetric and pediatric patients from an underserved and mainly Spanish-speaking population.
Refugee Health Care:
  • All residents have the opportunity in their continuity clinic to care for refugees relocated to Utah, with many refugee patients seen at both Madsen and Sugarhouse Health Centers.

International Opportunities

  • An International Language Rotation may be done as an elective if needed for Spanish language skills.
  • International Medicine/Global Health rotations may be done in the R1 or R2 years
    • Residents may plan their own rotation experience or participate in a program through the University of Utah Global Health Alliance (UUGHA). To read more about the UUGHA programs available: http://medicine.utah.edu/UUGHA/index.htm
    • The Division of Physician Assistant Studies within the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine leads medical education and service trips yearly to Guatemala, Nepal and Thailand. These trips welcome Family Medicine Resident participants. Please see site for details.
  • Residents are encouraged to use their CME time to attend conferences on global health
WONCA Global Family Doctor World Conference