The Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship is a 1-year post-residency training program including both didactic and clinical skills rotations in Wichita combined with an overseas clinical experience at one of several partnering mission hospitals in the developing world.
The training will be divided into three blocks:
- Two months of this will include training in tropical medicine and public health at the University of West Virginia School of Tropical Medicine. This is a diploma-level course and will allow the fellows to sit for the certificate exam sponsored by The American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
- Five months will be in Wichita completing both didactic and clinical skills training to include:
- Clinical rotations include trauma, burn ICU, spinal anesthesia, point-of-care ultrasound, HIV, orthopedics, and dentistry
- Cross-cultural adaptation and communication skills
- Travel medicine training
- Five months will be at one of several partnering medical mission hospitals overseas:
- Galmi Hospital in Niger
- Hospital Loma De Luz in Honduras
- Karanda Hospital in Zimbabwe
- Kibogora Hospital in Rwanda
- Mukinge Hospital in Zambia
- At these locations the fellows will be obtaining clinical experience in primary surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, tropical medicine, and internal medicine, as well as immersion into the culture and community there.
We anticipate training and mobilizing 2-6 international family medicine fellows each year through this fellowship. The fellows will be divided into two groups and following the tropical medicine training will complete the required domestic or international blocks of training on a alternating schedule over the course of the remaining 10 months.