Medical or Surgical Missions

Medical or surgical missions are a minimum of one to two weeks and are available on a rolling basis. Each student will be assigned a mentor or a preceptor at their host institution, who will assess the student's performance and give him/her a written report or certificate upon completion of the rotation.

Review the Admissions page for more information.

Partner for Surgery - Guatemala

Partner for Surgery (PfS) was founded in 2001 with two specific goals: First, to serve as a bridge between patients in need of surgical care in remote communities and the international volunteer triage and surgical teams that come to Guatemala to help the impoverished. Second, to educate and empower rural Guatemalans to initiate and advocate for vital health care services on their own behalf. Since 2001, they have provided medical care and education to more than 25,000 and facilitated surgery for over 5,000 Guatemalans. The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) works with PfS by sending surgical and triage teams, exploring opportunities for GW medical and public health students to engage in fieldwork or internships, and providing them with research, evaluation and other advisory services.

Operation Smile - Worldwide

Operation Smile provides comprehensive surgical and medical treatment to children and adults with facial deformities in a variety of international sites on several continents such as: Africa, Asia and South America. Each mission is fully staffed with attending physicians, residents, medical students and other support personnel.