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Electives - Family Medicine
Caring for Refugees in Charlottesville: International Family Medicine Clinic
Elective Number: 1416 (arranged)
Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Fern Hauck
Coordinator: Wanda Hudson, McKim 3161
Evaluation should be given to: Dr. Hauck or Ms. Hudson
Duration: 4 weeks ONLY
Available: Rotations 1-3, 5-12 & 14 (not offered in R4 or R13)
Report to: Dr. Hauck
Time to Report: To be arranged in the week prior to start date
Place to Report: To be arranged in the week prior to start date
Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.
Number of students per rotation: 1
Course Description: This elective is designed to prepare the student to care competently and sensatively for international patients. The focus will be on developing clinical skills to care for patients who present for initial and follow-up visits to the IFMC, including screening for common infections and illnesses, preventive care, management of acute problems and management of common chronic conditions. Above all, the student will learn how to communicate effectively with international patients, both in working with interpreters and learning to be culturally appropriate and sensative. The student will also learn about legal issues and distinctions between "immigrant" and "refugee" and the various community health, social and educational agencies that serve these populations locally. This elective will prepare students to work with international patients both at home and abroad.
Students will see patients during 4-5 half-day sessions each week in the IFMC, working with the IFMC providers. Students will also spend one session a month at the Health Department Refugee Clinic (where initial screening for infectious diseases occurs), the International Rescue Committee (resettlement agency), and UVA Traveler's Clinic, based on availability. The remainder of the time will be spent reading the required readings and preparing the final project. This project will focus on one cultural group and include an in-depth description of the group's home country, customs, health practices and common illnesses, and immigration history and circumstances leading to immigration. Other topics will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students will be evaluated on clinical performance.
The following objectives are from the SOM core competencies in cultural competence and apply to this elective. Students completing the elective will be able to:
Additional learning objectives also specific to this elective: