Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Global Health Selective

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

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. However, 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 and Concentration

Students must apply to the Pathway as part of their DGSOM application prior to admission. Candidates admitted to GHP in the first round will be notified within two weeks of applying. Additional opportunities to apply for the Pathway might be available on a case-by-case basis.

To join the Concentration, students begin by enrolling in the Global Health Selective course, offered in the fall to first year medical students.

Not at all! The Pathway and Concentration are designed for those considering careers in global health, and who will benefit from longitudinal mentorship, additional educational opportunities, and engagement with fellow Pathway/Concentration students and global health faculty. A few of the Pathway benefits available only to Pathway students include 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 publications, or research software.

The funding offered through the Global Health Program is first prioritized for Pathway students. Concentration students may also apply for funding, but it is not guaranteed. 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. Please review the requirements on the Pathway and Concentration webpages or contact Dr. Kate Dovel, Pathway Director, at KDovel@mednet.ucla.edu.