Several of our residents have taken advantage of the international health experiences offered through our partnerships with other residency programs at the University of Iowa. Here are a few experiences from recent resident rotations.
During the months of April and November, rotations are available to travel to Mazatlán, Mexico with a group of healthcare professionals. Two weeks of clinical experience are incorporated into the elective, aimed at working within the significantly underserved areas of the city in an ambulatory setting. Depending on your level of fluency, Spanish interpreters are available to assist with history taking and patient counseling. Recreational time is often spent exploring and taking in the sights of the city and Pacific coast while becoming immersed in the local culture.
Alexis Wickersham recounts her experience in Mazatlán, Mexico
Additional International Pursuits:
Residents who have a passion for international health are also welcome to set up their own independent elective, aimed towards helping them pursue specific career goals. All international health rotations do require prior authorization by the residency program and it is encouraged to start establishing the rotation’s objectives several months in advance. Reimbursement for travel expenses is available for those interested, however, it is not guaranteed for all.