Since 2012, Indiana University Department of Family Medicine faculty, residents and students have participated in a clinical and cultural immersion program in Suchitoto, El Salvador. This program offers US healthcare providers the opportunity to develop cross cultural competency and language training.
In return, these students, faculty and residents work beside Salvadoran healthcare workers, learning the expertise necessary to work with underserved populations. In February, June and September, Indiana University delegates observe and serve in the Suchitoto Hospital, local clinics and with local midwives.
In gratitude for these educational opportunities, IU provides needed medication, equipment and continuing education for local healthcare providers.
Delegations are invited to participate in this project in the following ways:
- Raise money for additional medications and equipment.
- Provide continuing education experiences for Salvadoran healthcare workers.
- Come and learn from these Salvadorans about how they creatively overcome the challenges that plague healthcare in developing nations.