Rotation in Rwanda: PA student hones his skills in ‘the land of a thousand hills’

As a former U.S. Army medic who had completed two tours in Baghdad, Iraq, Brandon Beattie ’15 was drawn to international medicine. When the Yale Physician Associate (PA) Program — in collaboration with the Office of Global Health, Department of Internal Medicine — gave him an opportunity to be the first PA student to do a formal clinical rotation in Kigali, Rwanda this fall he eagerly signed on.

Yale’s PA program is one of only a few in the country that have strong ties with international rotations, sending several select students abroad per year. The international rotations expose students to different cultures and allow them to sharpen their clinical skills in environments with limited resources. Students have also trained in Peru, Uganda, and Spain.