Course Catalog

Course Type(s) Elective Facility
Course Director B. EARL SALSER, JR., MD Enrollment Limit 30
Contact BOBBY PARKS Enrollment Minimum 1
Email BJPARKS@BRIARWOOD.ORG Address 2310 Briarwood Trace
Phone (205) 776-5470 Fax (205) 933-5001
May be taken for either Honors or Regular Credit.
Normally Offered

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Prerequisites * * * WRITTEN APPROVAL REQUIRED * * * Approval must be sent to Academic Scheduler ( and the student be cleared by UAB Study Abroad Office. Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Family Medicine clerkships are required to take this course. Internal Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine
Visiting Students
No LCME students accepted.
No osteopathic students accepted.
Course Description This elective will consist of two weeks in an international medically underserved area. The student will travel with a multidisciplinary team to the country and be part of a medical mission project working with Dr. B. Earl Salser Jr. and other physicians from the US, including family practitioners, internists, pediatricians and other specialists. The student will be involved with temporary clinics set up in local churches, community centers and ambulatory clinics. Course Format: The Student will be able to practice basic ambulatory history and physicals under direct supervision of an attending, formulate an assessment and plan, and learn to work within the context of limited resources. The student will learn the challenge of working through an interpreter and in a different culture. The student will be involved in any procedural experiences that arise. The student will also be involved with organization of a clinic and pharmacy and working within the context of a multidisciplinary team, including physical therapy, nursing and dental. Student Learning Objectives: The student should learn the complexity of providing medical care in a different culture, including using interpreters, dealing with different cultural expectations and beliefs. The student should also learn to diagnose and treat disease that is indigenous to the country (e.g. parasites, malaria, etc.) and know about the basic immunizations and requirements for travel in this country. The student should also expand their understanding of pharmacology as they help organize and manage the pharmacy. They should also strengthen their own clinical diagnosis skills as they practice multiple patient interviews in a supervised setting.
Where To Report Contact Bobby Parks at 205-776-5470
Requirements Reading preparatory articles about indigenous diseases or tropical medicine (depending on the location). Also, involvement in all pre-trip preparatory meetings, as well as on-site participation in daily clinic work. Also, the student will meet with the preceptor on the trip to review/present medical cases and discuss the organizational aspects of the clinic.
Evaluation Direct observation by preceptor and participation of student in all activities and discussions with preceptors. Grade is PASS-FAIL and based on preceptor's evaluation. Student/trainee will be evaluated on their attendance and participation in group discussion, their reading and clinical experience.
Notes Next opportunity: June 4-17, 2017