Clinical Collaboration and Education Initiatives
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Office of Clinical Collaboration and Education initiatives is to establish several international sites for student-doctor participation in protracted clinical rotations. The goal in establishing sites abroad is to coordinate and enhance collaborative education, enhance local physicians with chronic care and improve public health leading to improved long-term quality of life within a global environment. LUCOM is developing protracted clinical rotation sites for student-doctors and the faculty in Guatemala and other locations around the world. Additional global locations will be announced when those sites are established.
LUCOM follows best practices through our international program model:
- Student-doctors are encouraged to begin their medical career of serving abroad with an introductory immersion trip within OMS-I and OMS-2.
- Student-doctors may also elect one or more month-long international rotation(s) where they also support mission trips.
- Student-doctors may complete medical curriculum, gain practical clinical experience, rotate in hospitals, study tropical diseases, and gain an understanding of culture.
Local medical outreach, such as the Lynchburg Community Care Collaboration was designed to provide medical, vision care, and dental for rural and underserved areas throughout Virginia. There are many families within Southwest Virginia who benefited from the comprehensive medical care. Outreach events in collaboration with local physicians and clinics in rural areas allow student-doctors to treat more patients than a busy emergency room. Outreach events will often use tents, barns, churches, and even a mobile clinic, for the areas to provide such health care.
Common health concerns of this population included: hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary disease, heart disease, arthritis, poor dentition, and depression. Some patients traveled for hours and sleep in their cars overnight just to receive free medical and dental care. For many patients, this was the only opportunity they had to see a physician for the whole year.
Other medical and support services provided:
- General medicine
- Women's health
- Emergency care
- Laboratory screenings