|As CUMC is located in Washington Heights, the predominant ethnic group served by the medical center, are immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Residents work with Dominican patients both in the hospital and longitudinally in the outpatient clinic during their three years, and are introduced to the language and culture. During the third year of residency, GPC pathway residents have the opportunity to spend an elective in Santiago, DR. This elective is an invaluable experience to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Dominican culture, improve their language skills, and learn first hand about health and the health care system in the DR.
The rotation takes place in Santiago, the second largest city in the country, located in the mountainous northern region. Led by Dr. Martin Medrano, the residents rotate with Dominican residents at a public teaching hospital, Hospital Regional Universitario Jose Ma. Cabral y Báez. In addition to inpatient rounds, residents visit outpatient continuity clinics, public health clinics in the community, and conduct home visits with the residents. Residents are also encouraged to give a talk on a medical topic for their fellow colleagues. Residents stay with families in the community, and have time on the weekends for sightseeing and cultural events. During the rotation residents participate in a group writing project in order to share their experiences with the rest of the residency at Columbia. Upon returning they give a noon conference on a topic they learned about pertaining to global health or the Dominican health care experience.
For the Dominican Republic Resident Writing Project Blog, go to the Websites of Interest page.
Recommended Reading List:
In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez
La Fiesta del Chivo, Mario Vargas Llosa