Over half of all UF medical students participate in UF sponsored clinical and research focused overseas trips during their medical school career. These initiatives have placed the Health Science center colleges in an elite group nationwide. The College of Medicine sponsors trips to Dominican Republic, Ecuador. Haiti, Mexico, and Nicaragua each Spring Break. The College of Medicine students collaborate with students from Pharmacy, Nursing, Physician Assistant College and Dentistry to plan and execute the trips, with faculty input and oversight. The trips provide students with a brief immersion experience in cross-cultural medicine. They learn firsthand about the health inequities that exist in low resource settings and, with our partners from those settings, help meet the needs for health and dental services for community members in primarily rural settings. Many students have described their experience on the trips as “life changing.”
The Global Health Education Program will be increasing the number of and breadth of the global health opportunities for UF medical students in the coming years. View more information about the Local Global Health Equity Track.