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Student Education


Hillside offers multi-disciplinary, clinical rotations with learning opportunities in a variety of settings for post-graduate students and residents interested in a hands-on practice and learning about health care from a global perspective. You will work in our freestanding primary care clinic, mobile clinics in remote villages, home health care, community education activities, and public health projects.

Guidance for the educational program is provided by the Stateside educational committee along with the Hillside physicians, physical therapist, nurse administrator, and other clinic staff.

The educational curriculum is comprised of the following topic areas:

The Belizean Culture and Health System

Global/Public Health and the Social Determinants of Health 

Clinical Medicine in a Resource-Limited Region

Interdisciplinary Learning

Culturally Competent Health Care

During their time at Hillside, students and residents are exposed to many cultural experiences as they work with the Maya, Garifuna, Creole, East Indian and other Belizean cultures. They learn to evaluate patients while working through language barriers (Mayan, not Spanish) and cultural differences.

Confidence is gained in evaluation skills as participants are required to treat patients in a markedly resource-limited setting without the diagnostic tools of a fully-developed health care system.

Students learn to work closely with and appreciate other members of the multi-disciplinary team. In addition, participants gain a deep appreciation of how medicine and health promotion are conducted in a developing environment.

The clinic is closed on the weekends giving students the opportunity to take side trips in the unique Central American country of Belize or into neighboring Guatemala.