UF Medicine Residency Global Health/Health Equity Track residents will gain their global medicine experience in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This location offers unique experiences in delivering medicine to impoverished communities. Port-au-Prince is Haiti’s capital city that has the population of almost 3 million people within the metropolitan area. Many of the occupants of Port-au-Prince are in extreme need for care. UF’s partnering hospital, Hospital Bernard Mevs, cares for the undeserved and wealthy alike. Hospital Bernard Mevs is the primary trauma hospital in Port-au-Prince and provides one of the city’s only intensive care units for both trauma and medicine patients.
Residents spend a month in Haiti in Port-au-Prince. Although residents are accompanied by UF faculty on each trip they will be integrated into the existing Haitian health system and learn from their Haitian counterparts through Project Medishare. As specialty training option for Haitian physicians are limited, residents are expected to help to educate the physicians on up to date practices in the US during their stay, while the Haitian physicians provide education for residents on tropical medicine, infectious diseases, and how to function as a physician with limited resources.