Jorge Duchicela, M.D.
Jorge Duchicela, M.D., is a rural private practice physician in Weimar, a small community between Houston and San Antonio. He is a partner at the Youens and Duchicela Clinic along with TAFP Past President Robert Youens, M.D., and his sister Olga Duchicela, M.D. Together they serve a community of patients that is diverse in ethnicity, age, gender, geographical location, and social stratum.
Dr. Duchicela founded Cachamsi, a nonprofit medical immersion institute, to help health professionals learn Spanish to better communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients and learn global and cross-cultural medicine. The program places health professionals in the community of Cacha, Ecuador, and requires a combination of a language acquisition methodology and a strong clinical component that makes the medical education venture very effective and efficient for medical students, residents, and practicing physicians.
He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and moved to Wisconsin at age 13. The Cacha community is very special to him and his family; his grandfather migrated from there 100 years ago. “The people there have held onto ancient and traditional ways for centuries since the Incan and Spanish conquest,” he says. “There is a vast reservoir of history, anthropology, spirituality; and in general the entire ecosystem is unique and in many ways relatively untouched by western influences. I felt this was the perfect place to combine my professional and personal missions.”