Program Structure and Curriculum
International Health Rotation for Internal Medicine Residents
The Internal Medicine Residency Program at WFBMC encourages residents to participate in international rotations. Dr. Vera Luther, one of the Associate Program Directors, is our designated International Health Advisor. She is dedicated to aiding Internal Medicine (IM) residents in their pursuit to experience an international rotation.
In order to participate in an international rotation, IM residents are required to meet with the International Health APD to define learning objectives and a course description for their rotation. Residents are provided with online resources to prepare for their international experience. Residents are required to contact our travel clinic regarding immunizations and travel advisories. Residents are also required to purchase evacuation insurance. Upon completion of the international rotation, residents complete an International Site Evaluation form and disseminate knowledge acquired during their experience through conference presentation, poster presentation or written paper.
WFBMC also has an Office of Global Health established to positively impact global healthcare through utilization of the extraordinary expertise, energy, and creativity of the Wake Forest faculty, residents, students and staff. One of the missions of this office is to train leaders in global healthcare. The Office of Global Health provides education in international health and is a resource for identifying potential sites and funding resources for international rotations.
WFBMC offers opportunities for international rotations through signed agreements with Tokai University in Japan, University of Tromso in Norway, Changhai Hospital in Shanghai, China, UCIMED in Costa Rica, College of Medicine Kyungpook National University in Korea, and the Medical University of Vienna in Austria. We also have formal relationships with medical schools in Ghana and Nicaragua. We have recently had IM residents participate in rotations in Honduras, India, China, Thailand, Africa and Jordan.
WFBMC IM residents may apply for funding through the Office of Global Health, Timothy C. Pennell Pro Humanitate Vitae International Scholar Fund, the Wake Forest University Medical Mission Training Fund, or the Dr. Charles A. Sanders/Project HOPE International Residency Scholarship Program.