International Medicine Rotation Elective

Many physicians are interested in providing medical care to people of other countries and other cultures. We are committed to facilitating international experiences for our residents.

An elective in international medicine is available to our second- and third-year residents. The rotation is typically 2-4 weeks in duration (1/2-1 block), but there is flexibility. During the elective, the residency continues to provide salary, liability insurance and the usual benefits. Some funds are budgeted to assist with the costs of the rotation.

A number of our faculty members have served abroad, and we are happy to be able to match residents with the type of experience they are looking for (language preference, urban vs. rural, etc.). While abroad, each of the residents is involved in either direct patient care or in medical research and is supervised by a qualified physician on site. Preparation for the rotation includes assigned readings and discussion about the general principles of delivering care in developing countries, and also information about the medical problems that are likely to be encountered in the region specific to the individual rotation. Upon returning to the U.S., the resident shares his or her experience either by doing a presentation or a paper. Naturally, we avoid parts of the world that are known to be politically unstable or potentially unsafe.

In addition to the international elective options, there are special teaching sessions throughout the year on various topics pertinent to international medicine. These are presented by a variety of individuals, including faculty, guest speakers, and residents with a particular interest  

Some of the countries where our residents have served abroad include:

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Ghana
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • India
  • Israel
  • Malawi
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Venezuela
  • Zambia

Please follow this link Annual Report (PDF) to read about residents experience on international rotation.