Elective International Health Rotations in Costa Rica
Open to all Healthcare Profession Students: MD & DO students, PA & NP students, RN students, PharmD students, PT students, Public Health students and more! Read our Mission Statement below to learn how we approach international medicine.
The purpose of these Elective International Rotations for Healthcare Students is primarily to improve your Medical Spanish communication skills. We focus on community health efforts with our various NGO partners abroad to deliver relevant health education to target communities in need.
Our students historically leave this international rotation with a deepened understanding of lifestyle and health norms in Central America and first-hand experience with the effects of poverty on achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Many students apply for Community Health positions that require Bilingual Spanish/English skills, most all have new appreciation and understanding of working with the marginalized in their community back home.
Not only do these International Rotations in Costa Rica prepare you for fluid communication with your Spanish only patients, you finish the rotation with a new perspective on the following:
A better understanding of cultural norms and values that your Latino patients regard highly, that may or may not be shared by the sub-culture you grew up in.
An appreciation for providing medical care in resource poor settings, to marginalized populations.
An ethical framework for approaching international medical work that is both sustainable and that fosters continuity of care for the patient even while you’re not present.