Three generations. Grandmother, mother, and daughter in their home outside Masanga Leprosy Hospital in Sierra Leone. Their village and the hospital were destroyed during bush fighting a few months after this photo was taken. Photographer: James Li, M.D.


The Field Course for Remote Medical Service

Mission Statement

Who We Are.

Remote Medicine and its partner, INMED, are nonprofit organizations promoting long term progress in the health of impoverished populations through two venues: direct medical assistance and formal field training of Western physicians in both technical and ethical aspects of resource-scarce medical practice.

Types of Assistance.

Medical assistance is aimed at long-term improvement in the health of impoverished populations. Practically, this is provided in the form of staffing for clinics and hospitals, donation and training in use of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, construction of health facilities, and development of essential programs for lasting health maintenance. Our emphasis is on education and the development of pragmatic medical care infrastructure.

Field Training Target.

We seek to educate emergency medicine, surgery, and primary care residents about health care provision in an environment of scarcity. These residents are physicians still completing training in their field of specialization who have not yet settled into practice.

Why This Target?

Progress in poverty eradication is complex and requires a unique set of skills in those who succeed in such service. These attributes include altruism, a work ethic, independence, and resourcefulness. Generally speaking, resident physicians epitomize such attributes. Furthermore, they are already trained in skills that are of fundamental usefulness for developing world service.

What We Offer.

An eight-week structured field course in a most-needs region of the Third World. We currently have access to over a dozen clinical sites with on-site physician mentors who can provide a structured setting to both learn and practice medicine in the developing world. The course includes textbooks, solar and water equipment for use in austere living environments, CME credit, and arrangements for room and board.

For physicians or students working abroad outside our courses, we also offer the equipment and texts for purchase at their wholesale prices.

For more information and applications for our rotations, click below and navigate to the training sites link: