A unique two-university partnership
Our relationship with the University of Nicaragua, León, or UNAN, grew through a series of service and teaching initiatives. The largest public medical school and university hospital in Nicaragua,UNAN has a core of PhD-trained faculty and a standard of world-class research among its faculty.
UNC medical students and residents have performed clinical electives at the University Hospital and outlying public clinics, enrolled in medical Spanish programs in León, and have contributed to existing research projects with one-on-one mentorship. In 2018, a D43 Capacity Building Grant entitled “The Nicaraguan Emerging and Endemic Diseases (NEED) Training Program” was funded by the NIH to provide PhD training in epidemiology at UNC and to develop a new PhD program in microbiology at UNAN-León.
UNC cardiologists Michael Yeung, MD, and Carlos Espinoza, MD, lead trips twice a year to Nicaragua, working in partnership with Project Health for Léon. They perform lifesaving valvular heart repairs, the first to be offered in Nicaragua,
Operation Smile is a UNC student group started by dental student Ryan Cody. In March 2018, the group traveled to Nicaragua and worked with international partners to provide needed multi-disciplinary dental care to 228 patients.