Ten family physicians from Tajikistan are visiting Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare this week as part of a 20-day tour of U.S. medical facilities.

The Tajikistan doctors arrived Sunday to work with faculty and residents in the residency clinic, tour Franciscan Healthcare locations in Holmen and Sparta and visit Health Tradition Health Plan Inc. They also will meet with health educators from Viterbo University and Western Technical College.

“The delegates are interested primarily in health care delivery in a rural setting, so the Sparta visit will be important to them, as we will show them how we deliver primary and emergency care at that site,” said Dr. Cheri Olson, a family physician and associate director of the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency.

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“We will also share with them progress made with our Medical Home projects in Sparta and within the residency clinic,” Olson said.

The program is a collaborative effort of the La Crosse-Mayo Family Medicine Residency, World Services of La Crosse and the U.S. Agency for International Develop-ment.

Tajikistan, a mountainous country north of Afghanistan and west of China, is slightly smaller than Wisconsin and has a population estimated at 7.9 million.

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