International electives are an amazing opportunity to experience life and medicine within another culture and health care environment with illnesses and severity of disease that is not encountered in the United States. The UNC Pediatric Residency encourages international experience during residency. Several residents are currently developing a Global Health curriculum to increase awareness of current issues. Past residents and attendings have traveled to countries all over the globe, including several sites in Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe. Resources and mentorship are available for those interested in international travel.
In 2014, the Department of Pediatrics entered into a formal educational exchange program between the two medical schools. UNC residents, as one of their electives, can spend one month in beautiful León, Nicaragua, working alongside UNAN-León residents and faculty in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Pediatric subspecialty rotations are available, as are opportunities to engage in research and quality improvement projects. Logistics and expectations of the rotation are well-defined, though flexibility exists to personalize each resident’s educational experience. Proficiency in Spanish is required. After clinical obligations are over, residents may also take advantage of language classes, as well as nearby attractions such as Cerro Negro Volcano and Las Peñitas beach.
Contact: Dr. Rick Hobbs for more details.