Medical Outreach Initiatives
Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) Medical Outreach and International Medicine initiatives are 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 understanding of culture.
Local medical outreach, such as the Lynchburg Community Care Collaboration taking place on April 8, is designed to provide medical, vision care, and dental for rural and underserved areas throughout Virginia. There are many families within Southwest Virginia who would benefit from comprehensive medical care. Outreach events in collaboration with local physicians and clinics in rural areas would 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 include: hypertension, diabetes, pulmonary disease, heart disease, arthritis, poor dentition, and depression. Some patients will travel for hours and sleep in their cars overnight just to receive free medical and dental care. For many patients, this is the only opportunity they have to see a physician for the whole year and just might be the only health care they receive.
Other medical and support services available:
- General medicine
- Women's health
- Emergency care
- Laboratory screenings