Global Health Initiative
First and foremost I believe that West Sub trains you to be a good doctor in resource poor communities. Furthermore, West Sub attracts residents that are interested in caring for the underserved both at home and abroad. As such there is a community of interested individuals who love to share experiences and provide support. There are opportunities that are already established abroad or the flexibility to pursue personal interests. Maternal Child Health Curriculum and fellows are also often geared towards global health. Lots of self directed learning opportunities available that are prepared for easy access.
-Jeff Larson, Class of 2014
What I like about training at West Suburban is the freedom to develop your own career path. People can train here and have the solid foundation to become a hospitalist, outpatient private practice doctor, work for the CDC, go abroad permanently, do sports medicine, do critical care, perform cesareans or anything else you could ever dream of doing. Dr. Levin has been very supportive and flexible to allow me to pursue my own interests in global health by developing my own curriculum built into electives and selectives.
-Josie Norberg, Class of 2012
PCC Community Wellness Center has made the commitment to serve communities in need both in Cook County and globally. The clinic has two specific ongoing initiatives in Malawi and Peru. As an attending or fellow working for PCC, they go abroad to Malawi or Peru without being required to take vacation time, and then make up the clinics when they return. Residents are invited to join these initiatives during their “away” elective month.
Many physicians choose to volunteer their time with their own programs: