Tropical Medicine Program - PIH Health - Whittier, CA

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Tropical Medicine Track

One of the most unique aspects of our program. This track aims to provide residents with expertise and education in tropical medicine diseases using a curriculum based on the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 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. Meeting consist of faculty-directed lectures as well as discussion of recent journal articles, literature, and hands-on workshops (e.g. microscopy for malaria diagnosis).

During a resident’s second and third year, they spend 1 month on-site in a sub-Saharan African country working with the local providers to provide patient care. Residents consistently rate these experiences as some of their most impactful of their training and upon return give a presentation to the residency on cases they encountered abroad. Prior sites include Cameroon and Malawi, although due to political upheaval new sites including Liberia, Zambia, and Vietnam are being developed.

Applicants to this program should indicate their interest in the ERAS application and use the specified NRMP code.