Primary Care Service Trips

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Checking in with Patients

Photo by Sebastian Kowalski

General Info

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 it is?
  • 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 it is?

Dominican Republic: (Sunday-Sunday)

Dates Volunteer Needs
Sept. 29- Oct. 6, 2019 Completed
Feb. 2-9, 2020 None
May 10-17, 2020 None


Haiti: (Sunday-Sunday)

Date Volunteer Needs
July 21-28, 2019 Completed
Oct. 27-Nov. 3, 2019 None
Jan 19-26, 2020 None
April 12-19, 2020 None
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 $950 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.

Information Packets & Resources
Interested in participating
Want to participate on a trip, please submit interest.