Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Global Health Selective

Yes, enrolling in the Global Health Selective is a requirement to join the Pathway. Please review the requirements of the Global Health Equity Pathway.

The selective has been designed to be compact with just 10-12 hours of events over the fall semester, with minimal outside work and avoiding exam weeks. Attendance is especially important for small group discussions that will not be recorded, and where students are expected to be actively engaging in peer learning. That being said, the selective faculty will work with students if attendance is not possible for a particular scheduled event.

 

Foundations for Discovery and Discovery Year

Your project/site will need to be approved by GHP’s Director of Global Health Research, Dr. Kate Dovel. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Dovel at KDovel@mednet.ucla.edu.

Yes. Your stipend is considered taxable income for the year, and will be reported on a 1098-T form, in the same way that scholarships and other “gift aid” is reported. You should discuss this with an accountant if you do not know whether you are responsible for any taxes. UCLA also offers free tax advice to students at VITA during tax season.

 

MS4 Clinical Elective

Yes. The safety of each location needs to be assessed. If traveling to a Level 3 country, as designated by the U.S. State Department, DGSOM students need to complete an additional safety protocol and request special approval to participate in this setting. Travel to a Level 4 country is not permitted.

Our program only provides reimbursement for HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and this is limited to a $50 copay per prescription (with pre-approval by our program). All other immunizations and malaria prophylaxis are covered by the student.

Given that you will be participating in a clinical elective, we prefer that the letters come from UCLA faculty who have supervised you clinically. If you have been supervised on research in a global health setting, you may also submit a letter from the faculty member who supervised you.

Any personal travel should take place on weekends or before or after the time of your scheduled clinical elective. Travel should not interfere with work on Fridays or Mondays during the elective.

We require that the DGSOM global health evaluation form be filled out by at least one supervising faculty member when you are participating in your clinical elective. The evaluations can be returned in a sealed envelope to Dr. Traci Wells, completed online via Qualtrics, or sent directly via email to TWells@mednet.ucla.edu. Please direct any questions to Dr. Wells.

Yes. Your stipend is considered taxable income for the year, and will be reported on a 1098-T form, in the same way that scholarships and other gift aid is reported. You should discuss this with an accountant if you do not know whether you are responsible for any taxes. UCLA also offers free tax advice to students at VITA during tax season.

 

Global Health Equity Pathway

To join the Pathway, students begin by enrolling in the Global Health Selective, offered in the fall to first year medical students. The deadline is in September of the first year of medical school, following the first Selective event. Students who wish to apply after this deadline will be admitted on a case-by-case basis.

Not at all! The Pathway is designed for those considering a career in global health, and who will benefit from longitudinal mentorship, additional educational opportunities, and engagement with fellow Pathway students and global health faculty. A few of the Pathway benefits available only to Pathway students include the opportunity to engage in Early Authentic Clinical Education (EACE) with a GHP community partner, the opportunity to receive funding to participate in Foundations for Discovery/Discovery, and the opportunity to apply for supplemental funding to help cover fees related to conferences, publications, or research software.

Absolutely! Global Health Program faculty and staff are available to guide you in finding a global health mentor. Students must apply to the Pathway by mid-September of their first year of medical school to maximize benefit from the program (check the Pathway webpage for exact application deadline).

The funding offered through the Global Health Program is only available to Pathway students. However, you can apply for conference funding through the Student Affairs Office, and check with your mentors to see if they can help with the publication fees. Typically, mentors can support students in obtaining funding for publication fees.

Not at all! We want students to have the flexibility to create their own, unique Pathways. We do require that students enroll in the selective and participate in Foundations for Discovery/Discovery at a partner site, while writing a manuscript or thesis outlining the learning. Students are also required to participate in two additional opportunities through the Global Health Program, and can choose between longitudinal community engagement with a GHP partner site in Los Angeles, a leadership role with GHP, or a senior clinical rotation with one of GHP’s global partners.Please review the requirements on the Pathway webpage or contact the Global Health Program faculty with questions.