Global Health Track Training Sites

UF Medicine Residency Global Health Track residents can gain their global medicine experience in multiple locations.  These include cities in Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, and Ukraine. While at these locations, residents can work with refugees to see pathologies including severe malnutrition, tropical diseases, and advanced chronic diseases, all while doing this in resource limited areas. 

Clinical training and professional development objectives:

  1. Personal mentorship-guidance on how to make a career in global health, no matter your interests or specialty pursuits
  2. Research and publications-from case reports to joining on-going research projects
  3. Tropical parasitology-a two week course is planned with the Department of Infectious Diseases and Global Health; livestream collaboration with residents and fellows at international partner sites
  4. CBRNE training-knowledge we hoped would never be relevant again, revived in the light of conflicts in Syria and Ukraine
  5. Global health lecture series-a mix of topics from famine, humanitarian aid, conflict and security studies, tropical medicine, and moreJones

Cucuta, Colombia

This site is on the border with Venezuela and is coordinated with UNHCR, NRC, ICRC, and WFP. It is a large volume and high acuity care setting.

Medellin, Colombia

We also anticipate a partnership between the University of Florida and the Universidad de Antioquia soon at this location.

Reynosa, Mexico

There is a quiet crisis in this area of the US border. We work along side partners such as MSF and Global Response Management. This is also a low-intensity conflict zone, security of the residents is assured.

Guayaquil, Ecuador

This site includes a clinical patient care setting as well as a mobile outreach clinic.


Residents have the opportunity to be paired with an international NGO with a partnership with the Ministry of Health. They specialize in health system preparedness for loss prevention in the setting of attacks on healthcare facilities and workers, mass casualty incidents, CBRNE training, and health system rebuilding. This experience will not take residents into or near frontline areas and though strict safety protocols are in place, this is an active conflict zone so there is an element of risk assumed.