Global Health Electives

Students are offered a generous 10 weeks of elective time in Year 3, and 18 weeks of elective time in Year 4. Elective time can be used to pursue scholarly activity, take clinical electives at ISMMS or its affiliates, visit academic institutions in the United States, or – through Global Health Electives – to pursue opportunities abroad.

Global Health Electives provide a great opportunity for students to engage in clinical practice, research, or education in an international setting. Global Health Electives include both clinical and non-clinical opportunities, and are available to all third- and fourth-year medical students.

For those students who have already participated in global health work during first or second year, a Global Health Elective can provide an opportunity for continued work on their Global Health Summer Project and/or Scholarly Year research agenda.  GH Electives can also provide the opportunity to participate in clinically-focused global health activities.  These clinically-focused electives allow students to enhance their skills and knowledge as GH clinicians and clinician-advocates by:

  • Developing clinical skills necessary to practice medicine in resource-limited areas
  • Experiencing cultural differences in providing patient care
  • Gaining experience in communicating with patients in a foreign language
  • Gaining exposure to disease entities and presentations not commonly seen in the U.S.
  • Gaining an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the manners in which the American health care system differs from those of other nations on political/legal, economic, and ethical levels

The selection of Global Health Electives offered can change every year; the most up-to-date list can be found in the Elective Course Catalogue.

Students pursuing an elective abroad are required to complete a number of pre-travel requirements listed on the Global Health Blackboard page.