Several of the Residency Programs at the David Geffen School of Medicine offer international electives and global health learning opportunities for UCLA residents. Several of these programs have reciprocal relationships with their foreign partner institutions, in which their residents also come to UCLA for electives. In addition to those listed here, similar offerings are being developed at other UCLA Residency Programs, and will be posted once they are finalized.


Internal Medicine Residency Program: Global Health Track

International Resident Exchange. Internal Medicine sends UCLA residents on medical rotations to:

  • Hospital Regional de Loreto in Iquitos, Peru (about 1 resident per year)

Lecture Series. Internal Medicine presents weekly evening lectures where people involved in global health come and speak about their experiences.  Residents who participated in Global Health Track residency exchanges also present case studies and journal articles once they return from their abroad experiences.

For information on Internal Medicine Residency Program Global Health Track activities, please contact Nafeesa Islam at nislam@mednet.ucla.edu.


Emergency Medicine International Resident Exchange Programs

The UCLA/Olive View-UCLA Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program offers international rotations for UCLA residents and receives residents from our international partner institutions in Chile, Indonesia, and Thailand to spend time at UCLA. Focal areas of these programs include acute care medicine, airway management, and emergency ultrasound techniques. International partner institutions include:

For information on the Chile and Indonesia Exchange Programs, please contact Scott Votey at svotey@gmail.com. For questions regarding electives in Nicaragua, please contact Dr. Breena Taira at btaira@ucla.edu. For information on the Thailand Exchange Program, please contact Matt Waxman at mwaxman@gmail.com.


General Surgery Residency Program: Global Surgery Electives

The UCLA General Surgery Residency Program is pleased to offer funded positions for a limited number of residents to pursue global surgery research and/or clinical electives in Mozambique, Tanzania, and other partner sites. Please see the application materials for details.


Ophthalmology Residency Training Program: International Elective

The UCLA Department of Ophthalmology and Jules Stein Eye Institute has established a surgical elective for approximately 4 senior ophthalmology residents at the Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India. For information, please contact Anthony Aldave at aldave@jsei.ucla.edu.


Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: International Program

The UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery sends between 3-6 residents per year to Soddo Christian Hospital in Soddo, Ethiopia. Residents and faculty travel to Ethiopia for 3-week blocks to perform surgeries, teach local medical students and residents, and participate in an exchange of ideas regarding providing surgical care in resource sparse environments. This partnership helps to provide care for the underserved in Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea and Somalia. For information, please contact Nicholas Bernthal at nbernthal@mednet.ucla.edu.


Pediatric Residency Program: Global Health Track

International Resident Exchange. The UCLA Department of Pediatrics sends about 20 UCLA residents per year on medical rotations to:

  • Hospital Central in Maputo, Mozambique
  • Hospital Regional de Loreto in Iquitos, Peru

Lecture Series. Pediatrics host lunchtime and evening lectures on topics in international pediatrics. They also have teleconferenced morning conferences with international partners.

For information on Pediatrics Global Health Track activities, please visit the Pediatric Residency Program Global Health page, or contact PedsGH@mednet.ucla.edu