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Residents have the opportunity for 500+ hours of elective time that can be used to improve skills and expertise in obstetrics, pediatrics, wilderness medicine, surgical sub-specialties, medical assistant treatment of substance use disorder, and international medicine rotations, just to name a few.

Prior to Covid all residents had intensive and focused maternal and child health weeks in Guatemala during their second or third year. We have been working with NGOs, local physicians, nurses, residents, and indigenous midwives to foster a longitudinal relationship through both direct care and skills training with our Guatemalan partners, much has been training health professionals ultrasound skills and a WHO curriculum to help reduce Infant and Maternal Mortality. Please visit our finely crafted blogs, written from Guatemala by our faculty and residents below.


Dr. Gobbo in back row with his team and front line providers and nurses in Uspantan and Chicaman, Guatemala 2019

There are also several other electives than can be scheduled throughout the 2nd and 3rd years, and residents are encouraged to choose and design their own electives based upon their individual interests and future practice needs or requirements that are beyond the standard requirements for graduation. Past electives have included trauma, high risk obstetrics, integrative medicine, work with the Indian Health Service, a rural Alaska elective, and research. Our longitudinal schedule allows for a great deal of flexibility when planning elective time.

Please visit our finely crafted blogs, written from the trenches: