Since 2002, Bridges to Community has hosted various medical schools interested in preparing their students to work in rural health settings around the world. Dartmouth School of Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine, Wayne State Medical, University of Nevada School of Medicine at Reno are all actively participating in clinic work ranging from one week to four weeks. These medical programs send their own doctors to work and supervise their students, while contributing their expertise to the rural health care system in Northern Nicaragua. Bridges to Community staff, along with representatives from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health work with these groups so that these future doctors can learn to diagnose patients using basic field techniques and treat patients with medicines that are locally available. Bridges to Community also hosts Public Health groups, teams of Emergency Room physicians and Resident Training programs. Bridges to Community is currently constructing the largest rural health outpost in Northern Nicaragua which will service 18,000 people coming from over 51 remote communities, many arriving by foot or horseback. Future medical trips will use this facility as a base of operations to run clinics, Public Health workshops for local health workers and public health awareness workshops for residents.
If your medical school or center is looking for a partner, Bridges has the experience, the facilities and the contacts to make the most of your time while in-country. Contact Rusty Pedersen, Vice President of Volunteer Services at 914-923-2200 or e-mail Rusty at: firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your opportunities with Bridges to Community.