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Humanitarian Outreach Medical Brigade Relief Effort (HOMBRE)

Visited Locations (4)

Countries: Dominican Republic, Honduras, Peru

Months of Travel: June and July

Year Initiated: 2007

Total Yearly Outreach Participants: approx 50 in this program

Matriculants per class: 30-35

Medical School Involvement: M1, M2

Other participating professional schools:

School of Pharmacy, School of Allied Professions Department of Physical Therapy

Faculty and staffing:

Faculty coverage from VCU School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy; support from VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

Application process:

competitive application in September of each year in advance of the next June’s trips; applications evaluated by faculty and HOMBRE Board members

Program elements:

16-hour (1-credit) pre-trip Global Health Elective required for all students and participants; in-country clinical care, public health projects, and research opportunities

Financial support:

Funds provided by Dean’s offices to support a portion of the airfare costs for medical and pharmacy students

Faculty time allotted:

None formally; faculty travel on the trip is treated as teaching/administrative time as opposed to vacation/PTO

Administrative support:

Some support provided by the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health




NGO/In Country Partners

  • Richmond Global Health Alliance
  • Dominican Aid Society of Virginia
  • Golden Phoenix Foundation
  • Fundacíon Sol Naciente (Dominican Republic)
  • Hombro a Hombro (Honduras)
  • Proyecto de Ayuda a la Niñez (Peru)