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Current Family Medicine Residents

The residents in our Family Medicine Residency Program are a diverse group of physicians. They represent many cultures and this is one of the many assets of our program - the ample opportunity to interact and study with people of differing backgrounds and experiences.

1st Year Resident Bios

CHRISTINA GAMBINO, MD

Christina GambinoMedical School:          Ross University School of Medicine

Undergraduate:          Florida Atlantic University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

The constant variety and diversity of Family Medicine have always excited me. Specializing in Family Medicine gives me the opportunity to provide care to all ages while counseling and empowering them.

What do I like about our residency?

Moses Cone is a very special program because they provide high-quality training in addition to an excellent support system. The people I have the privilege of working with are kind, helpful and positive, and they maintain a good sense of humor. The community-based learning environment is also a bonus. Also, their sports medicine opportunities are outstanding. I knew that this would be the perfect program for me to learn how to become the family physician my patients deserve.

When I am not working I like to …

Spend time with family, friends, and my cat (Morgan). I love to be outside and to explore nature. I also enjoy finding new recipes and DIY projects on Pinterest, although the things I pin rarely come to fruition!

 

TAYE GONFA, MD

Taye GonfaMedical School:          University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Undergraduate:          University of North Carolina, Greensboro

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Like most people, I came to medicine with the dream to care for people. However, I always asked myself, what if I am the only physician in a community or a village? Can I take care of a child who is unwell, a mother who is in labor or an elderly who needs me? The answer is yes; by going to Family Medicine, not only do I meet and care for people from all walks of life, but I also learn from them, which makes me a better person.

What do I like about our residency?

During my 3rd and 4th-year rotation in my medical school training, I had classmates who did their rotations at Cone Health. I also worked with residents who did some of their rotations here. All of them talked about how great the training, the residents & the faculty are at Cone FM. I also like to have as much exposure as possible during my training, which is quite hard in big academic hospitals with multiple residency programs.

When I am not working I like to…

Spend time with my wife and two children, as well as visiting and chatting with friends. I also like watching and playing soccer & practicing martial arts.

   

HILLARY FITZGERALD, MD

Hillary FitzgeraldMedical School:          Wake Forest School of Medicine

Undergraduate:          Princeton University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Although I did not recognize it at the time, family doctors embody all of what I thought being a doctor meant before coming to medical school. I am excited by its emphasis on preventive, patient-centered care, the opportunity to perform procedures and by the field’s potential to impact health policy. I have a particular interest in geriatrics, but I love kids and family planning, too. With Family Medicine, you don’t have to limit the patient population you get to know and treat. 

What do I like about our residency?

I am looking forward to learning and working within a well-established, community-based program that is linked with university resources. Moses Cone and Greensboro offer a busy training environment. In addition, the residency program prides itself on being supportive, and attracts enthusiastic people.

When I am not working I like to…

Cook, watch cooking shows, get outdoors and go running or hiking, and spend time with my family, which now includes a Sheepadoodle named Swasey.

 

ABBY LANCASTER, MD, MPH

Abby LancasterMedical School:          Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Undergraduate:          Wake Forest University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family Medicine allows me to treat not just individuals, but more importantly (as the name suggests), families! To know a patient’s family is to gain a greater understanding of the patient as a whole, which I believe allows me to treat the patient better. I also enjoy the variety of opportunities available in Family Medicine. From adolescent medicine to procedures, to delivering babies, Family Medicine allows me to do all the things I love.    

What do I like about our residency?

From the beginning of my interview day, I felt at home. The faculty and residents’ genuine passion for the program and patient population was immediately apparent, as well as the program’s commitment to continuing education after medical school. Additionally, I am interested in OB/Gyn, and I appreciate the opportunities a community-based program affords me. 

When I am not working I like to…

When not at work, I enjoy relaxing with my husband Madison and my pet bunny Marzipan. I also enjoy watching and playing tennis, restoring furniture, and interior design.

 

CATHERINE WALLACE, DO

Catherine WallaceMedical School:          Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine -- Carolinas Campus 

Undergrad:                  University of Dayton (Go Flyers!!)

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine because I wanted the opportunity to work with a variety of patient populations across all age ranges.  I am particularly interested in Women's Health and Preventive Medicine.  Family Medicine gives me this chance to build strong relationships with my patients, and continuity of care is something I believe to be very important. 

What do I like about our residency?

I like that it is a community-based residency program with good opportunities within women's health. When I interviewed and attended a second look, I found the residents and faculty to be warm and welcoming. Everyone treats each other well and is supportive in the clinic and hospital. 

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time with my husband and my Black Lab, try new recipes, run and hike, read, binge-watch Netflix, decorate my new house, and explore Greensboro and the surrounding area. 

 

KATY MAYO, MD

Katy MayoMedical School:          Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Undergraduate:          Appalachian State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine because I want to care for the whole person, not just one system or organ. I love that Family Physicians see their patients as real people, instead of disease processes.  Family Medicine allows me to pursue my interests in Sports Medicine, Women's Health and Palliative Care. I am so excited to have the opportunity to build meaningful, long-lasting relationships with my patients! 

What do I like about our residency?

What I love most about Cone is the people. Everyone that I have interacted with has been incredibly kind, genuine and helpful. Cone is a community-based program, where I know I will receive an excellent education. I honestly believe that this residency program will teach me how to be a physician who is confident and knowledgeable about practicing medicine in the modern world.

When I am not working I like to:

Spend as much time as possible with my husband, family, and friends. I love playing sports including soccer, tennis, basketball and football. I also love cooking (and eating!), painting, swimming and taking trips to the mountains and beach.

 

KANISHKA GUNADA, MD

Kanishka GunadasaMedical School:          Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Undergraduate:          University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family Medicine allows me to approach medicine in a more holistic manner. Not only are Family Physicians able to help patients address a certain ailment, they also have the greatest ability to impact the preventive aspect of health.  It also gives me the opportunity to be directly involved in the health of my community as well as build trusting relationships with my patients.

What do I like about our residency?

I had a great experience during my interview and second look. The residents I met were fun, laid back and seem to have great camaraderie. The faculty seems very approachable and supportive. The program also offers exposure to a variety of “areas of concentration” from academic/teaching to global health, which I found very interesting. All these factors and that gut feeling you get when you just know this is the right place for you is why I chose Cone. I am very excited to begin this journey!

When I am not working I like to …

Spend time with my fiancé, family and friends. My fiancé is a big sports fan, so we enjoy watching the UNC Tar Heels (Go Heels!) and Carolina Panthers. I also enjoy baking, hiking, running and painting.

 

ASIYAH MIKELL, MD

Asiyah MikellMedical School:          Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University

Graduate:          University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Undergraduate:          University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine because it provides such a diverse patient base. As a family physician, I care for a patient from birth to death, and every valuable moment in between.   Family Medicine encourages a holistic approach to medicine, it values not only treating the disease but connecting to the patient on a personal level.  It is a career in which the physician becomes an integral part of community, working to advocate for the needs of those who are underserved, and providing preventive care.  

What do I like about our residency?

Moses Cone really hits on my areas of interest. It provides full-scope training with several focus areas that are of personal interest to me. The faculty and staff are welcoming, positive and committed.  Overall, I feel that this is a great place to grow into the type of physician I want to be. 

When I am not working I like to …

Spend time with family and friends. I enjoy cooking and eating good food. I like to paint and read fantasy novels as well as other books. I definitely have to admit to my love of Netflix binging.  

2nd Year Resident Bios

ANGELA BACIGALUPO, MD

Angela BacigalupoMedical School:          University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Graduate School:        University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Undergraduate:          University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Growing up in a small rural community in the Appalachian mountains of western North Carolina, I was exposed to full-scope Family Medicine at every turn, which is where my passion for Family Medicine began.  Family Medicine providers now have the ever more important cornerstone role of providing continuity of care and helping patients navigate through specialist care and the other fragments of our healthcare system.  Practicing Family Medicine gives me broad opportunities to fulfill my passions for working with patients from all demographics and working toward social justice.  I look forward to being connected to the community in which I practice through my patients and organizations that address social determinants of health, as the family medicine providers that I grew up admiring did in my rural community.  Creating lasting relationships with my future patients that will positively contribute to both their lives and my own is an exciting prospect, which is why I continue to be passionate about family medicine. 

What do I like about our residency?

There are so many things to love about the Moses Cone Family Medicine residency program.  Because the program is community-based, I feel a real connection to the Greensboro community.  The surrounding community embraces the hospital system and the residents, and we can help the community outside of the clinic through our connections to them.  Secondly, the curriculum of our program provides the full-scope training that I was looking for with the ability to customize my learning to fit the needs of the future community in which I will practice.  Lastly, but most importantly, the people at Cone Family Medicine are wonderful.  Our attendings, residents, and staff are all so supportive of each other.  It is a very healthy and happy place to practice medicine and continue to learn, because of the amazing people that surround me. 

When I am not working I like to …

Spend time with my husband and our Australian shepherd doing things outside like hiking, swimming, and spending time relaxing on the lake.  I love to travel and I’m always looking for my next adventure.  I like to discover new bands and go to concerts.  Other personal interests of mine include photography, reading, and baking.

 

CRYSTAL DORSEY, MD

Crystal DorseyMedical School:          University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC

Undergraduate:          University of Georgia

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family Medicine grants me the opportunity to work with people of all ages and all walks of life.  Not only can I take care of the whole person, I can take care of the whole family.  It also affords me the privilege to build strong relationships with my patients over time, which I feel is invaluable. 

What do I like about our residency?

The high caliber residents, faculty, and staff are what attracted me to this residency.  Everyone is smart, eager to help each other, and just nice to be around.  Additionally, I knew that a community-based program with limited other residencies within the hospital was the best way for me to learn, work, and grow. 

When I am not working I like to…

Spend time with my husband, watching college football (especially the Georgia Bulldogs), hiking, white water rafting, and watching comedies.

   

ASHLY GOTTSCHALK, DO

Ashly GottschalkMedical School:          Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia

Undergraduate:          University of North Carolina-Greensboro 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine because it is the one specialty where I'm not limited to just one field of medicine.  I love knowing (and learning) something about everything!  Some of my interests in medicine are rural health, women's health, and addiction medicine.  Family Medicine allows me to gain a plethora of knowledge and skills in all of these areas. 

What do I like about our residency?

Cone has such an amazingly positive vibe. Everyone is super welcoming, friendly, and supportive.  In addition, the hospital is well respected and its residency programs provide excellent education and skills to their residents.  Needless to say, I'm excited to further my training with Moses Cone! 

When I am not working I like to…

Spend time with friends and family... and my little Yorkie-poo Zen!  Some of my hobbies include target shooting, gardening, and travel, reading fiction, fishing, and discovering new cultures through cooking /food.   

 

ALYSSA HANEY, MD, MS

Alyssa HaneyMedical School:          University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Undergraduate:          Carnegie Mellon University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

Family Medicine allows me to pursue my passion for women’s health, and also to be able to care for an entire family.   

What do I like about our residency?

I chose to be part of the Cone Health Family Medicine program because of the amazing personalities here.  I continue to be amazed at the kindness and the consideration that I am shown each and every day with helping hands always at the ready.  There are so many ways to expand my knowledge base and comfort zone with new skills to learn each day.  I have a particular passion for women's health, and I know that I will get exposure to this topic at this program!

When I am not working I like to…

Spend my spare time with my husband and our cat, Penny.  I also enjoy cooking.  I always have something baking!

 

IAN MCKEAG, MD

Ian McKeagMedical School:          Michigan State University College of Human Medicine- East Lansing

Graduate School:        Purdue University-Bloomington

Undergrad:                  Indiana University-Indianapolis 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine for the patients I would be working for, I chose it for the people I’d be working with, and I chose it for the flexibility and authenticity of the work we do. 

What do I like about our residency?

I had the privilege to work “in the real world” for four years after graduate school. The one thing I took away from this time was that nothing makes a day move faster than working alongside happy, positive people.  This program, like MOST Family Medicine residencies, has this.  But, in my opinion, unlike other residencies, this attitude begins at the top, with Dr. Hensel.  He alone is worth coming here.  The positive attitude manifests throughout this program—then you stack on the rest of the staff, the independence we have, the support we are given, and city/location/affordability of Greensboro.  In short--I’m happy.  And I’m not the only one. 

When I am not working I like to:

Go jogging, workout, watch most types of sports.  If I’m lucky I’ll go out fishing, hiking, or camping.  The affordability of Greensboro has allowed me to purchase my first house, so would it be lame to say “mow my lawn”?

 

CALEB MELANCON, MD

Caleb MelaconMedical School:          Louisiana State University School of Medicine-New Orleans

Undergraduate:          Louisiana Tech University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine because medically it is one of the more challenging forms of being a physician, and because it daily provides some of the greatest rewards that our profession has to offer in the form of ongoing relationships with our patients.  

What do I like about our residency?

I love Cone Family Medicine for three reasons: the people, the people, and the people.  Those three different groups include the faculty, fellow residents, and our patients.  We have excellent teaching, which leads to excellent training in our diverse patient population, and we have an amazing group of fellow residents who appreciate that fun and residency training can go hand in hand.  

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time in the outdoors whether on the water or in the woods.  My wife and I enjoy camping, hiking, and fishing when we can.  We have the most fun when we get to share these times with friends. 

 

CALEB PARKER, MD

Caleb ParkerMedical School:          University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Undergraduate:          University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine because I wanted to practice broad-scope medicine, and be able to treat everyone from newborns to the elderly.  I also want to get to know my patients and develop long-lasting relationships with my patients.  Within Family Medicine, I’m interested in office procedures, sports medicine, and preventive medicine. 

What do I like about our residency?

The people I work with every day, from my co-residents to the faculty and the staff, are all very friendly and always eager to help each other and give this program a true “family”-type atmosphere. 

When I am not working I like to …

Spend time with my soon-to-be wife.  We love trying all kinds of new foods and spending as much time outdoors as possible.  I’m also a huge sports fan and I enjoy watching my UNC Tar Heels and the Carolina Panthers.  Other hobbies include cooking, watching movies, and video games.

 

JAZMA PHELPS, DO

Jazma PhelpsMedical School:          Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia

Undergraduate:          North Carolina State University-Raleigh

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose Family Medicine because to me it exemplifies the true definition of a physician: a doctor who can take care of all aspects of a patient because it entails a combination of all aspects of medicine.  I like the idea of taking care of all types of patients from the young to the very old and following them throughout their lives. 

What do I like about our residency?

I like that this residency program is community-based.  You truly get the patient-centered aspect of medicine.  I also love all the people I have met.  Everyone is so helpful and willing to help you out in any way they can. 

When I am not working I like to …

Travel, even if it is just a day or weekend trip somewhere but mainly it is go big or go home when it comes to traveling for me.  I also enjoy going to the movies, spending time with family or friends, and shopping.  I am a thrill seeker, so any fun adrenalin-filled activity I do and like.

 

RALEIGH RUMLEY, DO

Raleigh RumleyMedical School:          Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas

Undergraduate:          Western Carolina University- Honor College

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I am very passionate about underserved care (especially rural medicine) and feel that training in family medicine would best prepare me to serve those areas.  After residency, I hope to do a fellowship in Sports Medicine and apply what I learn to working with a farming community.  I also love the wide variety that comes with working in family medicine, and being exposed to a little bit of everything.  I tried to keep an open mind when entering my third year of medical school, but I knew the first day of my family medicine rotation that I had found exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 

What do I like about our residency?

One of my favorite qualities of this residency program is how truly nice everyone is.  The support system here is fantastic and they make sure you know that help is always there should you need it.  I also love the exposure to sports medicine and direct primary care, and enjoy working with physicians who are as passionate about these fields as I am.  My main goal for residency is to acquire the knowledge and skill I need to best serve a rural community and I truly believe that Cone will help me achieve this goal and make many amazing friends in the process! 

When I am not working I like to …

Read, garden, and go to the theater.  I love traveling, especially to the mountains.  I collect medical antiques, and enjoy looking through antiques stores to see what I can find.  I am fortunate to live close to my family now, so I am really looking forward to hanging out with them and eating some good food!

3rd Year Resident Bios

ELENA ADAMO, MD

Elena AdamoMedical School: University of North Carolina

Undergrad: University of Richmond 

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I was impressed by the family physicians that I worked with in med school and wanted to have the opportunity to develop relationships across lifespans and generations without limiting myself to a few patient types or disease processes.

What do I like about our residency?

I like the community-based, relatively unopposed feel combined with the resources of an academic medical center. I feel very fortunate to work with some amazing faculty both in and out of family medicine.

When I am not working I like to:

Hike with my wife and dog, work in my garden, cook delicious meals for friends and climb trees with my nephew. 

 

RYAN GRUNZ, MD

Ryan GrunzMedical School: Mercer University School of Medicine

Undergrad: University of Georgia

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I chose family medicine because I enjoy the challenge of such a broad practice of medicine. I love treating all stages of life from a 2 week old to a pregnant 26 year old to a 90 year old. I think treating people as part of a family and part of a society is more effective and certainly more rewarding than narrowing the scope of practice to a particular organ system or population.

What do I like about our residency?

This residency’s curriculum is very adaptive to a broad array of focuses with the areas of concentration. It offers solid experience so I can be prepared for however I choose to tailor my practice. The balance between autonomous practice and faculty support is perfect. I think the people make the experience, and this residency attracts fun, smart, passionate people.

When I am not working I like to:

When I’m not working I love to run (Greensboro is a runner’s paradise) or play disc golf. I also enjoy playing piano, guitar or drums, traveling, and hanging out with my wife on our porch swing.
 

JIMMY JOYNER, MD

Jimmy JoynerMedical School: Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine & Research Institution

Undergrad: North Carolina State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I love taking care of the whole patient; treating the patient and not the just the symptoms.

What do I like about our residency?

The support and camaraderie between all the residents, faculty, and support staff.

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time enjoying the outdoors and sunshine: biking, hiking, or relaxing on the lake.

 

ALEX KARAMALEGOS, DO

Alex KARAMALEGOSMedical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Virginia Campus

Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

One of the main reasons that I chose Family Medicine was my appreciation for the importance that quality primary care can have on a community. Family Medicine provides diverse opportunities to heal, prevent, support, and connect with your local community. I have a particular interest in preventative medicine, and enjoy working together with patients to help them promote good health.

What do I like about our residency?

Of the many things that I like about Cone Health Family Medicine, one of my favorites has to be the people. Every single person involved in the residency program and Family Medicine Clinic is extremely supportive and does their best to treat you as part of their family. Great people are one of the key ingredients that make this such a successful environment for learning.

When I am not working I like to:

Go on adventures with my wife. Whether it is traveling to a concert of one of our favorite bands or searching through flea markets and antique stores for any oddities to add to our collections, we are always on some sort of quest together. Other personal hobbies include photography, creative writing, and tennis.

 

RALPH NETTEY, MD

Ralph NetteyMedical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

Undergrad: Georgia State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

It encompasses all aspects of medicine. I'm indecisive and like a little bit of everything. I am really interested in procedures and figured I would get a good amount of experience without having to be in the operating room. Another reason is being able to develop lifelong relationships with patients and their families. I like the idea of treating the whole family.

What do I like about our residency?

First, I like the people. That was the biggest factor for me choosing a residency and this program did not disappoint. From co-interns to residents to faculty to staff, everyone is helpful and friendly and it makes the hard work of an intern much more manageable.

When I am not working I like to:

Hang out with my wife, which does not happen as much (we’re both interns at different programs). I also like taking photographs, computer graphics artwork, video games, lifting weights, audio/video, to read my bible and to watch movies.

 

JEREMY SCHMITZ, MD

Jeremy SchmitzMedical School: University of Medicine and Health Sciences - St. Kitts

Undergrad: Northwest Missouri State University

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I felt that the personalities of family medicine doctors best suited me. They were always more fun.

What do I like about our residency? 

The open communication between residents and faculty helps avoid any confusion and keeps the program moving in the right direction.

When I am not working I like to:

I like to hang out with my wife. I am an avid sports fan of the Missouri Tigers, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals.

 

ANDREW WIGHT, MD

Andrew WightMedical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undergrad: SUNY Geneseo

Why did I choose Family Medicine?

I grew up with my dad serving the community as a family doctor and I loved the relationship he had with his patients outside of the office. Those interactions I witnessed drew me to medicine, the kind most often seen in primary care. I also believe family medicine is one of the few specialties where one can really dictate how they want to practice due to its position in serving primary care and the broad scope in which they are trained. I see a lot of interesting changes coming to this specialty and I’m excited to be part of that.

What do I like about our residency?

The number one aspect of any program I looked at was the people. Of all else it would be the residents, faculty, and staff that would truly dictate how well your time in residency goes, and Cone was one of the few programs that I felt I would be happy working with everyone I met. The program’s curriculum and training appeared equally impressive and so far it is!

When I am not working I like to:

Spend time with my wife and new puppy. I have a variety of changing interests (true to FM, I like to know a lot about a broad range of topics), but some of my favorite hobbies include photography (favorite subjects are underwater), audio/video setup, computers and gaming, sports (soccer, basketball, golf, tennis), biking, swimming/snorkeling/scuba diving and travel. I also love discovering new music, going to concerts, and TV/movies.

Social Activities

Our residents and faculty strive to balance their busy work schedules with time for family, friends, and social activities. We schedule several seasonal events to ensure adequate time to become fully acquainted with colleagues and families.

In addition, interns have a long-standing tradition of meeting outside of work on at least a monthly basis for more fun and games.

Service Opportunities

Here are some of the volunteer activities of our faculty and residents.

  • Boy Scouts of America - leadership
  • City of Greensboro Pre-retirement program wellness presentation
  • Cone Health United Way Campaign
  • Cone Health free Pap smear screenings
  • Elon University - team physician and athletic training class
  • Go FAR (Go For A Run) fitness program
  • Greensboro Cross Country and Track Championships medical coverage
  • Greensboro College guest lecture
  • Guilford College - guest lectures and Student Health Services
  • Guilford County Schools in-service wellness presentations
  • Habitat for Humanity house construction, Greensboro
  • Health Care Sharing Initiative
  • Health Literacy for the Congregational Nurse Program
  • HealthServe Community Health Clinic
  • Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro
  • Marine Corps Marathon medical overage
  • Medical mission trips to Honduras 
  • North Carolina A&T State University and many area high schools
  • Partners in Health series for the Shepherd Center
  • P4HM (Partnership for Healthcare Management) Board
  • Reach Out and Read Committee
  • Student mentoring, Guilford College students
  • Team physicians/medical coverage for Bennett College, Carolina Dynamos, Elon University, Greensboro Twisters, Guilford College
  • Triad Masters Swimming
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro guest lectures
  • US Armed Forces, Fort Bragg Medical Symposium
  • US National Cross Country Championships, other local road races and running events coverage
  • USA & North Carolina swimming referee
  • Women's Only 5K Walk & Run
  • YWCA Teen Parent Mentoring Program

International Opportunities

Since 1999, our residents have had the opportunity to participate in short-term international medical mission trips to remote areas of Honduras as part of teams led by Dr. Wayne Hale. We began with Reitoca, a small village in the mountains southeast of Tegucigalpa. Six brigades worked in Limón, a Garifuna village on the northeast coast, where malaria and intestinal parasites are the predominant illnesses.

During these trips our residents not only learn about travel medicine and the treatment of tropical diseases, but more importantly, are exposed to the culture and language of a group that forms an increasing proportion of the U.S. immigrant population. The experience also provides an opportunity to improve Spanish language skills useful in the Moses Cone Family Medicine Center Hispanic Clinic. Resident interest in these elective rotations has been high. We have recently been working with Shoulder to Shoulder, whose clinic in Santa Lucia accommodates larger teams and has more opportunities for teaching and working with the community.

For those interested in training more thoroughly in international health, we offer the International Health Area of Concentration. For further information about this or about international electives, please contact Jeff Walden, MD