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In 2005, a group of volunteers in various clinical specialties formed a partnership with the community of Peralta, Dominican Republic. In 2010, a similar partnership was formed in Jerusalem, a resettlement community outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The mission is to provide manpower, supplies, medications, training and encouragement to communities with the goal of helping these communities become empowered and positioned to offer independent and sustainable care. In addition to clinical work, Rush volunteers have also been involved in development of water purification and distribution, revenue from which supports operations in the partner clinics.
What is it?
Partnering with local physicians and community health workers, our teams assist with the overwhelming need for care in the community. Participants on trips diagnose, treat and manage acute and chronic medical conditions as well as provide health education. Currently, there are approximately seven primary care trips a year.
Where is it?
- Villa Verde: Villa Verde is a community located 45 minutes north of Santo Domingo.
- Haiti: Jerusalem, a resettlement community outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
When is it?
Dominican Republic (Saturday-Sunday)
|July 22-29, 2023||Providers (Family Physician, IM Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant), Nurses, students, & 1 non-medical personnel|
|September 30-October 7, 2023||Providers (Family Physician, IM Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant), Nurses, students & 1 non-medical personnel|
|October 14-21, 2023||Providers (Family Physician, IM Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant), Nurses, students & 1 non-medical personnel|
|January 20-27, 2024||Providers (Family Physician, IM Physician, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant), Nurses, students & 1 non-medical personnel|
|February 17-24, 2024|
|May 11-18, 2024|
Due to geopolitical instability, trips to Haiti have been suspended for the 2023-24 academic year; this will be revisited at year's end.
Who can participate?
Teams are comprised of attending staff, residents, medical students, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychotherapists, nurses and support staff.
How do I get credit?
Fourth-year medical students can participate in two ways:
- Volunteer (take vacation time and participate on a trip)
- Receive credit-to receive credit, students must meet with Dr. Aziz, be accepted into the M4 elective, and then are able to participate on a trip. Please review full criteria for M4 elective prior to committing.
How much does it cost?
Team members are responsible for paying for airfare (varies), trip insurance ($50-$80), and a $1100 logistics fee (which covers lodging, meals, ground transportation, and administrative fees).
Students, residents, nurses, and support staff may be eligible for travel scholarships contingent on the availability of funds. Employees are eligible to apply for partial reimbursement using LEAP funds.
Information Packets & Resources
- Dominican Republic-Primary Care Team
- Haiti-Primary Care Team
- Global Health Disclosure Forms
- Optimizing the Interpreted Encounter
Interested in participating?
Want to participate on a trip, please submit your interest.