Internal Medicine Foundation (IMF)

The Center for Haitian Studies, Health & Human Services, Inc. (CHS), in collaboration, with its academic affiliates, offers an excellent opportunity to local, national and international medical students,medical residents, student nurses, student medical assistant and nurse practitioner students to obtain culturally competent educational experience.

(The IMF Program)

Under its affiliation with the Department of Internal Medicine of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital, The Center for Haitian Studies/Greater Miami Health Education and Training Center (CHS/GMHETC) sponsors a 6-week clerkship program for 3rd Year medical students from Ross University School of Medicine. This program is designed to introduce medical students to clinical medicine. The program offers an excellent opportunity for medical students to develop clinical skills and to learn about culturally competent approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases among patients from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.


Purpose and Objectives:

The Training offered by GMHETC is designed to introduce students to the practice of internal medicine under the strict direct supervision of physicians licensed in the State of Florida. At the end of the six week training course, the medical student will:

  1. have learned patient interview and physical examination techniques have obtained basic skills in conducting physical examinations and writing patient reports
  2. be informed about culturally competent approaches to diagnosing patients’ problems and providing care and treatment.

Program components:

Clinical Training: Under the Program, students are placed in GMHETC-affiliated sites (hospitals/outpatient clinics) under the supervision of qualified physicians licensed to practice medicine in the State of Florida. At these sites, students interact with patients, conduct physical examinations under the supervision of attending physicians.

Lectures/Conferences: Students are also required to attend conferences and lectures as part of their clinical training. These lectures may cover special medical cases, as well as presentations by students and group discussions.

Evaluation: At the end of the training period, physicians/instructors who have trained students evaluate the trainees who have been placed under their supervision. After completion, these evaluation forms will then be sent to the Dean of the Medical School attended by the student. Students will also be asked to fill out an evaluation form documenting the strengths and weaknesses of their training experience. These forms are reviewed by the GMHETC Board and used to upgrade future training.

UM OB/GYN Clerkship

CHS offers a culturally competent clerkship in the fields of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 3rd Year medical students from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UM).
Students are assigned by the Director of Clerkship Rotation at Department of OBGYN. Read More...

The Center for Haitian Studies (CHS) is a duly registered 501c3 organization, tax-exempt health and social service organization founded in 1988 for the purpose of serving the disenfranchised populations of Little Haiti/Little River in Miami, Florida.

Tel: +1(305) 757 9555

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Center For Haitian Studies
8260 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33138