Medical or Surgical Missions

Medical or surgical missions are a minimum of one to two weeks and are available on a rolling basis. Each student will be assigned a mentor or a preceptor at their host institution, who will assess the student's performance and give him/her a written report or certificate upon completion of the rotation.

Review the Admissions page for more information.

Partner for Surgery - Guatemala

Partner for Surgery (PfS) was founded in 2001 with two specific goals: First, to serve as a bridge between patients in need of surgical care in remote communities and the international volunteer triage and surgical teams that come to Guatemala to help the impoverished. Second, to educate and empower rural Guatemalans to initiate and advocate for vital health care services on their own behalf. Since 2001, they have provided medical care and education to more than 25,000 and facilitated surgery for over 5,000 Guatemalans. The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) works with PfS by sending surgical and triage teams, exploring opportunities for GW medical and public health students to engage in fieldwork or internships, and providing them with research, evaluation and other advisory services.

Project MEDISHARE - Thomonde, Haiti

Project Medishare for Haiti, Inc., a 501.c3 non-profit registered in the State of Florida was founded in 1995 by Drs. Barth Green and Arthur Fournier from the University Of Miami School of Medicine. It is an organization dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare for all Haitians. SMHS has been sending groups of medical students, supervised by SMHS faculty, on medical missions to Thomonde since 2004. Medical missions to Haiti are generally planned in spring and summer for one to two week periods. During medical missions students work in rural Haiti, and treat close to 200 patients a day with supervising physicians. 

Medical or surgical missions to Haiti are open to all medical students, with a preference to MS I & MS II. MS III & MS IV who are interested in applying for a medical mission or clinical rotation at Project Medishare must follow the admissions and eligibility process as if you were applying for an International Clinical Rotation.

Operation Smile - Worldwide

Operation Smile provides comprehensive surgical and medical treatment to children and adults with facial deformities in a variety of international sites on several continents such as: Africa, Asia and South America. Each mission is fully staffed with attending physicians, residents, medical students and other support personnel.