As travel is not possible this Spring, GHP is offering a new Spring 2021 Local-Global Health Equity Elective in place of its traditional MS4 Global Health Clinical Elective.
Global Health Clinical Electives
Opportunities for fourth-year students to experience how medicine is practiced locally and abroad
Through the Global Health Clinical Elective program, we provide opportunities for fourth-year students to experience how medicine is practiced in a range of countries, largely under-resourced low- and middle-income countries. We also offer opportunities to work in high-resource settings outside of the U.S. During these experiences, students learn about differences in health care and medical education systems, disease epidemiology, and treatment approaches.
For Spring 2021, GHP is offering a new Local-Global Health Equity Elective, which will include the following elements:
The timeframe is 3 weeks, starting on March 22, 2021 after Match Day; depending on student interest, a second 3-week block may be added beginning in mid-April.
The focus of the elective is health equity in local and global contexts, with activities that touch on various thematic areas, including community, family, and child health; immigrant, refugee, and migrant health; infectious diseases and tropical medicine; gender and health; and trauma and disaster.
The rotation will include a mix of clinical, public health, advocacy, and didactic/educational activities that speak to the structural and social determinants of health. Students will spend at least 3-4 half days per week in an underserved clinical setting in the greater LA area; the remaining half days will be dedicated to lectures, cases discussions, self-study/scholarly work, personal reflection, and non-clinical site visits or community activities. As feasible, students may also have the opportunity to engage with global partners in Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand, and Peru for remote case conferences and lectures.
Due to the structure of the elective and limited clinical capacity at our local partner sites, we are only able to accommodate a very limited number of students. To apply, please complete our short application by December 14, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the elective, please email Dr. Traci Wells, TWells@mednet.ucla.edu, and copy Dr. Risa Hoffman, RHoffman@mednet.ucla.edu. Please email the completed application to Vijeta Vaswani, VVaswani@mednet.ucla.edu and copy Drs. Wells and Hoffman.
In the Spring of 2022, GHP is hoping to offer its traditional MS4 Global Health Clinical Elective, as well as support students interested in engaging in other types of global health clinical electives. There are four ways in which students may pursue clinical global health electives in the final year of medical school:
- Primary Partner Electives
- Special Faculty-Led Electives
- Affiliated Partner Electives
- Independent Global Health Electives
Note that Primary Partner Electives and Special Faculty-Led Electives may be found in the course directory in MyCourses. As these electives have DGSOM course numbers, they do not count toward the maximum 12 weeks of allowable “away” rotations to meet graduation requirements.
Affiliated Partner Electives and Independent Electives are not listed in the course directory in MyCourses. These electives require approval from the Dean’s Office and do count toward the maximum 12 weeks of allowable “away” rotations to meet graduation requirements.