The Via Christi IFMF is a 1 year post-residency training program including both didactic and clinical skills rotations in Wichita combined with an overseas clinical experience at one of two partnering mission hospitals.
The training will be divided into three blocks:
- Two months of this will include training in tropical medicine & hygiene through the WVU School of Medicine. This is a diploma-level course and will allow the fellows to sit for the certificate exam sponsored by the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene.
- Five months will be in Wichita completing both didactic and clinical skills training to include:
- Clinical skills rotations through trauma, burn care, reconstructive plastic surgery, anesthesia, ultrasonography, and dental.
- Public health; certificate-level course through UKSM-W
- Cross-cultural adaptation and communication skills
- Clinical tropical medicine seminars with visiting lecturers experienced in their various disciplines
- Travel medicine training
- During these five months of on-campus training, they will also be awarded junior faculty status with the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency program and will be required to fulfill some faculty responsibilities of hospital supervision and training of family medicine residents.
- Five months will be at one of two partnering medical mission hospitals overseas: Karanda hospital in Zimbabwe or Tenwek hospital in Kenya. Here, they will be obtaining clinical experience in primary surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, and internal medicine along with completion of a research project.
We anticipate training and mobilizing 6 international family medicine fellows each year through this fellowship. The fellows will be divided into two groups of three and will complete the required three blocks of training on a staggered rotational basis over the course of 12 months.