Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico
This rotation enables the student to gain experiences in ambulatory care in
rural culturally diverse settings in New Mexico. This arrangement between Penn
and a community hospital in Gallup allows the student to work in a variety of
settings including general medicine and pediatrics, family medicine, emergency
care, community health and alcohol treatment centers. Based in the RMCH
Hospital but including experiences in the Gallup Indian Health Hospital, it
combines Western medicine with Navajo traditions. Experiences include working
in offices, visits to the reservation with community nursing, and
participation in alcohol treatments, which include both innovative community
activities and traditional approaches such as sweat tents and talking circles.
The course is flexible in that students can modify their schedules to better
suit their interests.
At the end of the month, the student will have experienced a high level of
rural medicine practice, see the expanded scope of skills required for rural
practitioners, have increased awareness of the importance of culture in
medicine, and observe community involvement in healthcare.
In addition to medical training, students will have the opportunity to explore
the Southwest during their time off. The hospital provides room and board.