Off the beaten path. Land Cruiser taxi on dirt road in a remote corner of East Africa. Photographer: James Li, M.D.


The Field Course for Remote Medical Service

Future Directions


Sustainable energy systems, low-impact sanitation projects, and clean water projects. Without renewable and maintainable systems for energy, clean water, and sanitation, both poverty and the fundamental health of a population are permanently impaired. Thus, implementation of such systems is part of health infrastructure building, and is an investment in preventative health care. Planned programs include placement of shallow wells, construction of composting latrines, and installation of wind, solar, and other renewable energy systems.

Communications and computer systems projects. Remote Medicine promotes equity between First and Third world health systems by establishing direct liaisons between academic medical institutions in the United States and isolated, impoverished, and underserved patient populations overseas. We believe this can be achieved by placement of rugged state-of-the-art technology in underprivileged areas, thereby directly bridging both worlds.

Creation of an up-to-date textbook related to medical service in impoverished regions.

Physician and student placement program for skilled providers seeking service-related employment or opportunities in the developing world.

Expansion of existing programs to involve multiple sites, medical students, and paramedical students.