Rural Medical Education offers international training opportunities

Published: October 31, 2016

Emerging opportunities through international experiences is a new hallmark of the Rural Medical Education Program at TCOM. These experiences further prepare medical students for the wide array of challenges seen by physicians in underserved communities both in Texas and around the globe.

The Rural Medical Education Program is a leader in training future physicians to practice primary care across Texas. But a growing number of international partnerships offer innovative clinical rotations in Latin America, Thailand and Malawi.

The addition of more international clinical opportunities reflect the program’s ongoing integration of global health into the Health Science Center’s nationally recognized rural medicine curriculum.

“Our students’ commitment to holistic and humanistic values in medical training is what attracts them to the Health Science Center,” said John Gibson, Assistant Professor in the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, who leads the Rural Health program. “By offering students significant rotations in underserved international settings, we ensure that our graduates receive robust training that will enhance their ability to provide quality care in the future.”

Global health training begins during students’ first year of school and continues with clinical rotations during the third and fourth years.  Students also are encouraged to pursue a dual degree or certificate program in public health as part of their education at UNTHSC.

For more information, visit the Office of Rural Medical Education website.