This program is intended for Northwestern Medicine faculty members and Northwestern alumni who are licensed in their field opportunities to volunteer abroad and work with underserved communities to provide mindful clinical care. These community-based clinics are affiliated with Northwestern as part of our global partners network and have a need for experienced, licensed clinicians to serve as preceptors. They look for physicians and physical therapists who are qualified both in the scope of their practice and their understanding of the complexities of global health. This community-based program serves as an introduction for physicians with interest in helping address this need. We look forward to the development of programs committed to sustainability, equity and education.
The following volunteer opportunities are available.
- Centro Medico Humberto Parra near Santa Cruz, Bolivia
- Hillside Health Care International in Eldridgeville, Belize
- Rural Aid Organization in Shirati, Tanzania
We seek to foster longitudinal relationships with organizations that promote equitable and sustainable healthcare with a focus on local populations. A period of acclimatization is always necessary when traveling to new surroundings. In order to make the most of this program, the duration and recurrent nature of visits permit clinician volunteers to learn and grow with the program to optimize their contributions and the quality of their overall experience. As a best practice, we encourage at least four weeks at a site with plans to return to contribute further.
Global Health Initiative Faculty Travel Funding
Limited funding is available for Center for Global Health Members through the Global Health Initiative. Applications will be reviewed by the Center for Global Health Director and faculty. Apply here.
Interested in one of these programs? Please contact the
Interested in visiting Hillside Health Care International? Faculty may contact Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD for more information.
Interested in volunteering at Centro Medico Humberto Parra? Faculty should contactfor more information.
Interested in volunteering at the Rural Aid Organization? Faculty should contactfor more information.
Before you embark on an international opportunity, review the online curriculum for introduction to the major topics in Global Health.