International Medicine

The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia offers opportunities to acquire Spanish Language skills and experience medicine in the highlands of Guatemala! 

As the current trends towards globalization continue today, so does the need to support, promote and develop the specialty of emergency medicine. If you enjoy learning about other cultures and traveling to distant places, then international medicine is for you.

The program distinct to this department is our Guatemala Initiative.  It is a program designed to enhance the knowledge and experience of students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff by learning, supporting, and even practice, as authorized, in an underdeveloped country.  Our program is commonly referred to as both Guatemala-Initiative as well as SLC-Guatemala reflecting the focus on Service, Language, and Culture.

For UVA residents and medical students, SLC-Guatemala offers the opportunity to travel to Guatemala for 4-8 weeks and participate in a carefully mentored program. This is a unique learning opportunity in the highlands of Guatemala that combines medical service, Spanish language acquisition and cultural education in the context of building sustainable relationships with the people and communities of Guatemala.  This program provides for an experience that, unlike many others, is a cultural immersion into a supported medical community where you will experience life, community, culture, language, and learn to appreciate and communicate at levels and depths you may have never considered.  It is a program that brings appreciation and passion to the surface of service and commitment. For many, this experience solidifies the idea of medicine touching lives, making a difference, and improving the today’s world for tomorrow’s generation.

For more information about other global health opportunities through the university, contact the Center for Global Health.