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  • Locations: Eldridge, Belize
  • Program Terms: Spring Travel, Summer Travel
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: TJU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Hillside Health Care Inter

Hillside Health Care International was founded to serve the unmet medical needs of the Toledo District. The clinic first opened its doors in 2000 under the name of "Jericho Road Clinic." The name changed to Hillside Health Care International in July 2005. Volunteer doctors and nurses along with a few medical students saw patients in the clinic on Mondays and Wednesdays and then took a mobile clinic to one of the remote villages on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

In October 2005, Abigail Drake Brinkman, a fourth year medical student from Indiana University School of Medicine died in a tragic diving accident on a weekend excursion while doing a rotation in tropical medicine at the Hillside Clinic. Because of the amazing efforts of the Brinkman family, the Rotary Club of Columbus, IN and many other people, Abby's House was built in 2008. Abby's House provides housing for additional students, and allowed the expansion of medical teams. In addition, Hillside was able to increase its clinical services in 2010 to daily clinics in Eldridgeville and daily mobile clinics in a remote village.

Hillside continues to work within the framework of the Belize Ministry of Health in collaboration with the San Antonio and Punta Gorda Polyclinics, and strives to be responsive to the unmet medical needs of the Toledo District.

You can read more about Hillside's Beginning from the founder, Jackie Schmidt.


Rotation Options
Medical Education
Hillside offers four, six, and eight week rotations per year and a 2 or 3 week rotation in December. Please refer to the Student Rotation Schedule for up-to-date available spots. All interested applicants should complete the student application.

Hillside medical rotations are open to medical residents, final year medical students, nurse practitioner, and physician assistant students who have previous clinical experience. Medical students from outside the United States must be near the end of their studies and have at least one year of clinical experience prior to applying.

Hillside accepts applications from all countries; however, fluency in written and spoken English is required, as English is the official language of Belize.

All qualified applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. A maximum of eight applicants will be accepted per rotation for the medical program.

All potential students must be in good standing within their respective schools/residency program and will be required to submit a letter from a faculty member or the school.

Pharmacy Education
A four, six, or eight week advanced pharmacy practice elective is available at Hillside. Pharmacy students are incorporated into the patient care activities of the clinic, mobile clinics, home health visits and community education. Students also work in the clinic pharmacy, making drug therapy recommendations, suggesting therapeutic substitutions based on inventory availability, developing medication-related policies, inventory management, educating patients on appropriate use of medications, and dispensing medications to patients.

This is an interdisciplinary primary care experience, with pharmacy students working alongside medical, nursing, physician assistant and other students also completing an elective rotation at the clinic. The rich multi-cultural patient population will expand students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes in working with diverse health beliefs and practices.

Hillside Medical and Pharmacy Directors collaborate with visiting faculty members from partnering pharmacy schools to provide a rich collaborative experience for students, where they can thrive and grow in their clinical knowledge and confidence. 
Sample Weekly Schedule

Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Education
The Rehabilitation Program currently accepts students from accredited, US-based Doctor of Physical Therapy programs or internationally equivalent physical therapy/physiotherapy programs.                                                                         

Students may choose four-, six-, or eight-week rotations based upon individual program needs and Hillside's availability of rotation slots. Clinical rotations at Hillside are confirmed one year in advance (beginning in the spring) through Hillside's Director of Rehabilitation in cooperation with the Directors of Clinical Education (DCE) partner Physical Therapy program.        

For more information about rotations, please have your DCE contact our Director of Rehabilitation at:

If you are a student, please ensure that your DCE and the Hillside Rehab Director have been in direct contact before making contact yourself. Once communication has been established between Hillside’s Rehab Director and the relevant DCE, the student application may be accessed and completed.

Hillside students gain exposure to a unique interdisciplinary environment, with various practice settings including outpatient, home health, and mobile clinics to more outlying villages, as well as assisting with community/school-based educational programming in collaboration with local health and education

specialists. Along with colleagues from other disciplines (including, pharmacy, nursing, and public health), students will treat a broad range of demographics and diagnoses. 

The Hillside Rehab program strives to operate according to principles of Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), which focuses on inclusion and empowerment of persons with disabilities in the community as opposed to a top-down, medically focused care model. We strongly believe in this model as the most conducive to meeting the needs of people with disabilities while respecting and collaborating with local expertise and innovation. Students will be expected to acquire a working knowledge of CBR principles and to foster a collaborative practice approach during this rotation experience. Community outreach, collaboration and mutual exchange with various local specialists and stakeholders (community health workers/technicians, teachers, parent advocacy groups, etc) comprise a vital part of CBR practice, and DPT students may find this rotation to have less direct patient treatment time--and more community outreach opportunities--than they may have encountered in a more traditionally-based rehab model. 

The Toledo District is a richly diverse region that is home to many demographic groups, including Mayan, Garifuna, Mestizo, East Indian, and other cultural groups. Limited resources, differing cultural practices and language barriers pose unique challenges to effective and culturally competent collaboration and patient care. During this rotation, students will broaden their understanding of and respect for cultural differences and improve their ability to provide appropriate evaluation, treatments, and interpersonal collaboration in a humble and authentic way while respecting local colleagues and customs. 
Sample Weekly Schedule

Public Health Education
Public health programs are designed to protect and improve the health of individuals, families, and communities through assessment, education, outreach, and evaluation. Hillside's current public health programs have brought improved nutrition, preventive fluoride treatment, health and disability awareness education to hundreds of people living in the Toledo district.

All students at Hillside gain valuable experience learning about public health. In addition, rotations for Masters of Public Health and Masters of Global Health students offer opportunities for work alongside Hillside's multi-disciplinary teams to further target community factors that often drive health outcomes. MPH students gain valuable insight and increase the reach of their field study by collaborating with Belize's Ministry of Health, Community Health Workers, and other NGO's.

Hillside Public Health field study rotations are open to those who are completing a Master of Public Health, have completed an introductory global health course, and are completing fieldwork as a component of their graduation requirements.

Click the following links to learn more about our public health program and potential student projects.

Click here to learn about the need for, impact, & future of Hillside's public health program. 

Please email the Clinic Director with questions about the program or

Please email all application materials to the Director of Student Affairs:

Application Process

1) Please review the rotation schedule for dates and slot availability. 

2) Complete the application for your program of choice: 

Medical Pharmacy
Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy  Public Health                              

 3) Pay required course fee 
**We are unable to accept American Express; we apologize for any inconvenience.**

For more information or concerns, please contact: hillside.administration@gmail.comFor those who are interested in the Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, please contact:

Program Fees
On behalf of the volunteers, staff, and the people of southern Belize, we thank you for your support of Hillside Health Care International and for your interest in our program. Student fee payments are not considered donations. However, we welcome and greatly appreciate any additional donation you would like to make. Your support helps sustain our medical care operations and education programs. As an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization, any additional donations may be tax deductible. Please consult with your tax professional.

Rotation Length: Amount Due

2-Week Rotation Fee: $950.00
4-Week Rotation Fee: $1900.00
8-Week Rotation Fee: $3800.00

Beginning in Rotation #6, 2019, the fees will be:

2-Week Rotation Fee:  $1000
4-Week Rotation Fee:  $2000
6-Week Rotation Fee:  $3000
8-Week Rotation Fee:  $4000

**All fees include free on-campus housing**
Pay Student Fees Online
**We are unable to accept American Express; we apologize for any inconvenience.** 

If you prefer to send a check, please mail it to:
Hillside Health Care International
10201 West Lincoln Avenue, #107
West Allis, WI 53227

Jefferson Student Reports - Hillside Health Care International

Belize - Hillside - 2014

Belize - Hillside - 2006



This program is currently not accepting applications.