Icahn School of Medicine has developed an optional clinical rotation in the Dominican Republic. Senior surgical residents can operate in an environment culturally and socioeconomically distinct from their own. Here, they learn to observe, appreciate and ultimately incorporate valuable skills and lessons into patient care. This opportunity also allows senior residents to contribute to the global community as humanitarians.
Our institution provides an ongoing clinical rotation in which surgical residents rotate on a routine basis to a rural hospital in the Dominican Republic. The local population benefits from the medical care provided by these residents. At the same time, the residents themselves benefit from working in an environment with limited resources distinctly different from their own, allowing them to improve their surgical and medical skills.