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Global Health - Fort Myers

The Department of Family and Rural Health in the FSU College of Medicine, in partnership with Lee Health System’s Department of Graduate Medical Education, has some unique resources to offer a PGY-4 Global Health fellow:

1. Our department has cultivated relationships with organizations in Latin America, Africa and Asia that combine clinical work with training and research. In fact, our Family Medicine Residents have rotated at mission hospitals in Bangladesh and in Kenya as well as taking multiple trips to Latin America, primarily Honduras and Nicaragua. Additionally, we have a former Lee Health/FSU Family Medicine Residency Faculty who works full time at a mission hospital in Honduras.

In this hemisphere, we have worked with several organizations with longitudinal projects in which we could participate including Volunteers in Medical Missions (VIMM) in Honduras and FSU’s Fuerte Solamente Unidos in Nicaragua. The work with FSU is multifaceted and involves data collection, nutrition programs as well as direct patient care. The mission hospital in Honduras, called Loma de Luz, is a full spectrum inpatient, outpatient and maternity care. It has diagnostic capabilities that include X-ray, Ultrasound, Endoscopy, and limited laboratory equipment. A fellow would be able to assist both with patient care and with organizing projects at a public health level.

2. Our Infectious Disease Department has a very busy HIV clinic and welcomes opportunities to train primary care providers in HIV and other infectious disease care.

3. Our Family Medicine faculty have experience in research and grant writing, and can develop a fellow’s skills in this area.

4. Several of our faculty members have had training specifically in faculty development. This would be of value as a fellow continues to develop teaching and leadership skills.

5. Our department has expressed interest in developing a Traveler’s health clinic to provide care for people in Fort Myers who are traveling throughout the world. This could provide an opportunity for a fellow to maintain experience with antimalarial drugs and tropical diseases while working in Fort Myers.