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Developing community among trainees in global health


To support residents and fellows who wish to pursue global health clinical and/or research experiences.


We are working to build a community across all departments to facilitate the sharing of resources and best practices for clinical rotations, global health tracks, research activities, and global health fellowships. Residents and fellows can participate in our upcoming grant programs, including the Global Health Seed Grant Program to support research projects (with faculty mentorship), and the Travel Grant Program, which can provide funding toward global health clinical work, research, or specific projects/initiatives.

"There is a strong desire among our residents and fellows at UCLA Health to participate in clinical care and research outside of the United States. The DGSOM Global Health Program aims to provide information and resources to make clinical care and research in global health more accessible and facilitate discussions for departments and divisions that wish to improve global health opportunities for their trainees."
- Fola May, MD, PhD, Co-Director of Postgraduate Global Health Education, Global Health Program

Global Health Elective Requirements

UCLA residents/fellows planning electives outside the U.S. should complete the following three application requirements, and submit them to the Graduate Medical Education Office:


Global Health Elective Request Form

Complete an elective request form to be considered.
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Pre-Travel Health and Safety Video

Watch the safety video and complete the quiz.
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Code of Conduct and Risk Reduction Agreement

Submit a signed Code of Conduct with your Global Health Elective Request.
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Additional participation requirements

Once approved, residents and fellows will then be asked to complete the following additional participation requirements:

  1. Sign up for UC Traveler Security and Health Coverage Benefits - The University of California has arranged for students and employees traveling on official University business to be covered for a variety of accidents and incidents while away from campus or the primary workplace. Please visit the UC Travel Insurance page for details. If your air travel is purchased through UCLA travel, you will automatically be signed up for coverage and will receive a confirmation email at your UCLA email address.

  2. Register for the US State Department STEP Program - The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Please visit the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) page for more information and instructions on how to register.

  3. Make an appointment at a Travel Clinic - For additional information on travel health and UCLA Travel Clinic resources, please visit the Traveler Security and Health Coverage page.