Tropical Medicine Program

Tropical Medicine Track

This program has its own NRMP match ID: 2013120C1

The current site is in Sierra Leone, in West Africa.

Photo of Sierra Leone
Prior sites include Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia, and Liberia. 

One of the most unique aspects of our program: this track aims to provide residents with expertise and education in tropical medicine diseases.  The longitudinal curriculum is based on that of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, along with practical lectures for work abroad. The track consists of two residents from each year and meet every other week during protected teaching time to go over classic tropical infectious disease diagnosis, management, and complications with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Program Highlights

  • Longitudinal academic track throughout all 3 years of residency
    • Faculty-directed lectures as well as discussion of recent journal articles, literature, and hands-on workshops (e.g. microscopy for malaria diagnosis).
  • Four-week long international rotation in 2nd and 3rd year
    • Abroad rotations satisfy the travel requirements for ASTMH board exam
  • Integrated SonoSim lectures for point-of-care ultrasound, with direct uses during the international rotation

Photos from a Recent Trip

  • Main site - City Garden Clinic in Makeni, Sierra Leone
  • Dr. Abueg preparing for a day at the clinic
  • Photo of an elaborate party thrown for guests
  • Dr. Brooks performing spinal anesthesia
  • Child who recovered from cerebral malaria - his first day walking again
  • Dr. Kang helping perform Gynecologic procedures.  Dr. Kang was able to help with the hysterectomy of one of the cervical cancer patients identified during our screening project.
  • Photo of a young man from the community
  • Dr. Abueg with resected enlarged prostate
  • Support local businesses - local tailor
  • External Fixation, no electric tools
  • Photo of Acid Fact Bacilli
  • Dr. Abueg getting her hair styled
  • Malignant pericardial effusion - Ultrasound
  • Malignant pericardial effusion - XR
  • Photo of family life in the neighborhood
  • Supporting local businesses - local tailor 2
  • Chimpanzee Sanctuary of Sierra Leone, founded in part by Dr. Jane Goddall
  • Beach day with hospital staff
  • Taking time for a little fun at the beach
  • A little rest and relaxation
  • The beauty of nature - sea birds taking flight
  • A photo of the sunset to end a lovely day



Faculty Director

Photo of Dr. Amber Lin, Faculty Director of Tropical Medicine Residency ProgramAmber Lin MD

Dr. Lin is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.  She graduated from the Family Medicine Residency Program at PIH Health Whittier Hospital, as a part of the tropical medicine track.