Urban Underserved

The cornerstone of the Urban Underserved Residency Track is One World Community Health Center. This busy, independent clinic was established over 25 years ago, and during that time it has earned the respect of the community. We just moved into a new, spacious facility fully equipped to provide a wide array of health services.

What are the patients like? About 90% of our patients are Spanish-speaking, so our providers are either bilingual or work with an interpreter. We see a lot of children and young families, but we really provide cradle-to-grave care for a broad cross-section of patients. In terms of the illnesses we treat, our patients are a constant source of challenging clinical problems. This is a great place to learn family medicine. Continuity of care is a priority for us, and residents have the opportunity to develop relationships over time with individual families. That personal connection with special patients is what gives me the most satisfaction out of my practice. Our mission as a physician group is to provide culturally respectful, quality health care in an atmosphere that fosters human dignity.

Residents spend 2½ days per week at the One World Health Center during their first year of training. This increases to 3½ days per week during the second year and 4½ days during the third year. In addition, the curriculum may include special rotations in community health, community pediatrics, and school health. Special lectures and workshops will help you to develop special skills necessary for practicing in a cross-cultural setting and in an urban underserved area.

Apart from this wonderful community based practice site, the UNMC Urban Underserved Residency training track also takes advantage of the educational opportunities afforded by the University of Nebraska Medical Center. High quality conferences, seminars, and workshops are offered on a regular basis to our residents. Half-day “teaching days” are set aside one to two times per month to augment clinical experiences with formal teaching programs. Access to subspecialty training and state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options are readily available here.

You also have the option of completing a Master’s of Public Health degree during a fourth year of training. This is a wonderful opportunity if you are interested in incorporating public policy or administrative elements into your future career. Would you like to be the medical director of a community health center someday? Would you like to work as a consultant to the state health department? Could you see yourself planning international health programs? The MPH degree might be an important element in building the skills you need for your future career.

If international medical work interests you, the University of Nebraska Medical Center has an active International Studies department. We have established relationships with physicians in South Africa, Nicaragua, Belize and Jamaica, and we can arrange elective rotations in those countries. UNMC is a member of the International Health and Medical Education Consortium, and our contacts in that organization literally open up the rest of the world to you for international work.

This program is not for everyone, but for that special person who feels that working with the underserved is a special calling, this may be exactly what you are looking for. For those who are ready to accept the challenge, this program will offer you a tremendous potential to grow as a physician and as a human being.