One of the Alaska Family Medicine Residency Program’s central missions is to provide care to underserved populations in low resource settings. While we diligently provide this in Anchorage and rural Alaska, we feel that it is important to engage globally as well.
Our 3rd year residents have the opportunity to use one of their one-month long rural rotations internationally. We feel the cross-cultural development that happens during the R1 and R2 years, as well as becoming proficient in low resource settings, set our 3rd year residents up not only to learn during their elective but to make meaningful contributions to local patient and medical student populations we serve in ongoing relationships with our vetted sites.
Our current international sites are in Nepal and Honduras. Our clinical faculty visits each site annually to ensure they remain a mutually beneficial setting.