Medical Missions and Community Service
For the past several years, the Family Medicine Residency program in Wilmington, NC has offered a great opportunity in global health. Residency program faculty from the Wilmington campus offer a one week medical mission experience in the Dominican Republic hosted by Solid Rock International.
Solid Rock International began as an organization in the early 1990s. Its desire is to holistically serve the poor in the Dominican Republic by focusing on all aspects of health. Volunteers travel to different rural locations each day, providing and assisting with outpatient medical care for those in need. This is a great fit for doctors, nurses, students, and Spanish-speakers. Non-medical team members assist with organization in the clinics, patient throughput, and entertaining the children.
The team is comprised of attending physicians, residents, clinical staff and even families. They begin planning for their trip well in advance by coordinating necessary supplies and medications. Residents find this a very rewarding experience.
As in many communities, some populations have difficulty accessing and navigating the medical system. In the Wilmington area, there are several community clinics where residents can choose to volunteer their services.
St. Mary Clinic provides urgent medical & dental care for the uninsured, who are below 200% of the poverty guidelines.
New Hanover Community Health Center receives federal grant funds to provide a full spectrum of primary and preventative health care services to medically underserved populations in Southeastern North Carolina.