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Global & Community Health

Global Health Opportunities

Santa Clotilde Mission, Loreto, Peru

Site Supervisor: Dr. Antoinette Lullo, D.O.

4 week elective

Centro de Salud Santa Clotilde (CSSC) is a rural health center in the Peruvian Amazon. With limited resources and geographic isolation, they provide  excellent inpatient, outpatient, and limited surgical care. Local health challenges include tropical and infectious disease, accessing care (many villages are days by canoe to the nearest health center), trauma, and managing chronic disease with finite resources.

Supervising Faculty

Dr. Antoinette Lullo, D.O. attended medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and did Family Medicine Residency at the Cook County-Loyola-Provident Program. She then completed a Fellowship in Maternal Child Health (high risk OB) at PCC/West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL. After graduating, she continued at PCC as MCH Fellowship Co-Director for 4 years. Multiple short term mission trips to Guatemala, Dominican Republic, Rwanda, and Malawi had influenced her decision to move with her family to Santa Clotilde, Peru with Mission Doctors Association. She and her husband volunteered for over 3 years at a rural hospital/clinic alongside an all-Peruvian staff. Dr. Lullo is delighted to return to Peru to share this experience and amazing elective opportunity with Hinsdale family medicine residents.

Adventist Mission Trips

Supervisor: Adventist Attending

1 week elective

Field experiences in Honduras, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica with an interdisciplinary team, primarily involve direct clinical care (usually in rural areas), public health education projects, and occasionally hospital experiences. 

“As a second year resident, I participated in the AMITA health mission trip to Honduras. It was a great opportunity to advance my clinical skills and develop independence in my clinical decision making. The patients in Honduras were in such great need of healthcare and were so grateful for the care that they received. The experience really helped renew my energy for family medicine.”   -Claire Philippe, DO

Local Community Health Opportunities

During the Community Medicine Rotation, Hinsdale family medicine residents visit various community resources.  The goal is to familiarize physicians with the offerings in the local community and to engage with these sites in developing greater efficacy in addressing specific needs.  Residents may develop closer relationship with any particular site to obtain additional training, participate in research, and to collaborate in developing more robust means of care.

DuPage County Health Department/Mental Health Division

Innovative collaboration with DCHD to serve more vulnerable patients—working with their Mental Health Division, Hinsdale family medicine residents and faculty provide family medicine services on site.  Patients with significant mental health issues frequently lack regular medical care.  Lack of familiarity, limited access, and psychiatric diagnoses (agoraphobia, eg) can make it difficult for these patients to receive care.  By going to a site they are familiar with, we can address chronic issues such as HTN, DM, and be sure they are receiving regular preventive care.  This allows the psychiatric team to maximize their skills as well as allowing the medical team to do their job well.  A win-win situation for us all!  Two sessions are held per week, two residents per session and attending faculty as preceptor.

Wellness House

Provides a broad array of services to patients and families affected by cancer. Individual and group sessions for adults, teens, and younger children offer education and support. Cooking classes, financial seminars, exercise classes, and more address the various needs of patients and families. HFMC residents participate in programs and receive a bird’s eye view of the offerings, in order to better serve their patients in the hospital and in the office.

Family Shelter Services

Hinsdale residents learn more about the effects and extent of violence in our society and more particularly in our community. Residents may present a talk for those living at shelter, topic determined in collaboration with the staff and clients (“How to get the most from your visit,” “Foot care for the diabetic,” are among the more exciting presentations). Opportunities exist for extended work with this agency, including ongoing training in domestic violence prevention and treatment.

Peoples’ Resource Center

Residents learn about financial literacy, nutritional literacy, and a host of other programs offered to the community through Peoples’ Resource Center. Food bank, computer training, job readiness, foreclosure avoidance, and Prom Boutique all assist low income families with services, training and products (prom dresses, makeup and hair styling for prom, eg).

Historical Perspective

For well over a century, Adventist Midwest Health has delivered mission-driven, compassionate healthcare. As an extension, Hinsdale Family Medicine Residency Program (HFMR) believes in offering community and global health experiences as part of the residents' training. 

HFMR has culturally and spiritually diverse resident body and patient population, and building on that helps us to provide more compassionate, quality, personally tailored care. We strive to provide excellent healthcare to our community, both local and global.