Electives

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Global Health electives allow medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty from the Western Connecticut Health Network and the Larner College of Medicine to travel to established sites abroad and to engage in the cultural and educational exchange that characterizes global health. The electives are entirely subsidized, and participants are chosen through an interviewing process.

Each rotation is up to 6 weeks and consists of two central components: clinical and sociocultural. First year students fulfill their clinical component by carrying out research projects, while senior medical students and residents complete a clinical rotation in addition to optional research. Students are given a rich cultural experience through a variety of historical and language seminars, field trips, and the host family program, which is now in its second year in Uganda.

US -based faculty mentors are now accompanying medical students and residents for 1-2 weeks of their elective. Their participation creates continuity and the medical supervision needed to enrich the student and resident experience. Sending faculty from UVM and Sacred Heart University also helps to provide a key element in the global health partnerships at the five sites: capacity building and education. Each faculty member who travels with the global health program teaches classes to the local doctors, nurses and other clinical staff at partner sites, as well as in the community at locations like the Dominican Republic with a strong focus on community health. 

Fourth-Year Elective Application

Applications for the fourth-year Global Health elective will be reviewed 3 times per year and should be submitted at least 6 months prior to desired travel dates. Students who participated in the elective during their first year must apply again for the fourth-year elective. The program is particularly interested in supporting students who would be willing to travel during the summer elective with the first-year students. We encourage students to apply as far in advance as possible. 

Application Deadlines:

Sept. 25, 2017 - For spring 2018 elective
Jan. 8, 2018 - For summer/fall 2018 elective
May 14, 2018 - For winter 2018-2019 elective

First-Year Elective Application:

Applications for first-year students who wish to participate in the summer Global Health elective between their first and second year of medical school are due in early fall. 

Application Deadline:

Sept. 25, 2017 - For summer 2018 elective 


Please email the Global Health coordinator, Audree Frey, with any questions.

Applications for 2018/2019 Global Health Elective

We have extended the deadline to apply for the first-year 2018 summer Global Health elective! The new deadline is Monday, December 4, 2017. An information session will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 at noon in Med Ed 200.  The session is open to all students interested in learning more about the program. Interviews will be held in December and students will be notified of acceptance status by early January. APPLY NOW>>> 

We are also accepting applications for the fourth-year 2018 summer through 2019 winter Global Health electives! The deadline for the application is Monday, January 8, 2018. We will begin scheduling interviews with applicants in January, and students will be notified of acceptance status by mid February.  APPLY NOW>>>  

The Homestay Model of Global Health Science

The University of Vermont/Western Connecticut Health Network Global Health Program has a robust partnership with Makerere University College of Health Sciences and Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Learn more about the homestay model visiting medical students experience and meet some of the people who make it happen in this short documentary, produced by Richard Nsubuga and Ben Akul of Uganda-based Kapo Productions.