We have residents who participate in educationally rich international electives. Each year, on average, 1-2 residents take advantage of this option. They do most of the leg work setting it up, and this requires advanced planning. Prior rotations to Lesotho, Guatemala, Honduras and Kenya were followed in 2014 with resident trips to Malawi and Honduras.
The College of Medicine’s Office of Global Health Education is an excellent resource for advice in identifying possible sites for international electives. The director has established relationships in many areas of the world which can help in securing these international opportunities. For example, he has been building ties to clinical training in Malawi in connection with an established HIV-related research program.
Though we do not have well established, prepackaged electives, we are open to working with you if an international elective is important for your career goals. We need several months time to properly prepare for the elective and to secure the needed approval. Our Chairman, Dr. Grever, and the Department of Internal Medicine has committed funds for Travel Scholarships for at least 3 residents to attend International Electives each year. Thank you, Dr. Grever!
Be sure to check here to see were some of our Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residents have traveled for electives!