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 application/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 (Uganda).

United States -based faculty mentors accompany 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 Larner and other universities helps to provide capacity-building and education, key to the success of our five global health partners. 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

We encourage students to apply as far in advance as possible. 

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.

Application Deadline:

The next application deadline will be in the early fall for spring 2019 electives. The date will be published here this summer and in the Weekly Wire during the weeks leading up to the deadline.

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. The date will be published here this summer and in the Weekly Wire during the weeks leading up to the deadline. 

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


The Homestay Model of Global Health Science

Our 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.


Our Connecticut campus is the home of the Global Health Program. Watch the video to learn about our clerkship program at the Connecticut Campus.


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