Training for Limitations

The location of Rwanda’s University of Global Health Equity was chosen strategically. Rather than mimic other med schools, it mirrors the lives of most patients and teaches doctors accordingly.

Based in Butaro—a poor, rural part of Rwanda—the limitations of real-world medicine are built into the curriculum, training future doctors without the pricey, high-tech resources.

But wealthy countries like America could learn a lot from a med school model that tackles health inequities by meeting patients where they are. America’s health system costs $3.5 trillion every year, yet scores of rural Americans can’t access health care where they live.



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