Residents have the opportunity to serve our community through several local partnerships. Quality of Life (QoL) is a federally qualified health center that serves 18 counties in Northeast Alabama. Through our partnership with them, residents are able to share hope and provide care to underserved patients. Some of these opportunities include going out in one of two mobile medical units to oversee school-based healthcare, hold clinics for migrant workers and their families, or provide community health screenings. Residents also have options to serve in the Etowah Free Community Clinic and the clinic located in the Etowah County Detention Center.
Residents are encouraged to take a wider view of the world around them during their training. A resident may spend up to three months total completing graduation requirements internationally. Trip coordination and funding assistance for these rotations is available through various organizations and contacts through faculty.
GRMC Family Medicine faculty are well-equipped to mentor and come alongside residents who wish to provide whole-person care to the far reaches of our hurting world. Our faculty have traveled to over 50 countries overseas, participating in medical and surgical clinics, disaster and crisis response, lecturing and teaching in conference and hospital settings, and assisting with food relief and construction work.
The goal of international opportunities is for residents to learn the continuum that exists in Family Medicine from inner city care to rural care to international/global care. In each context, there are a similar lack of resources, similar socioeconomic needs, and similar behavioral health needs. The same skill sets are needed in each place, to be able to address the patient as a whole person, within their community context.