- Project Map Database
- Visiting International Medical Students
- Clinical Residents and Fellows
- Graduate Students
- Global Health Curriculum
There are numerous global health opportunities at Weill Cornell Medical College. Students in the first year are encouraged to design their own international elective for up to 8 weeks but no less than 6 weeks in a developing nation. Fourth year students have a wider choice of international electives ranging from 4 weeks to up to 12 weeks, depending on their schedule.
Four week electives include a clinical elective at the Christian Medical College in Vellore India; the Max Kade Program in Vienna Austria; the USEU MEE program in London, England, Copenhagen Denmark, and Munich, Germany; and the American Hospital in Paris.
All other electives must be for a minimum of 6 weeks (preferably 8 weeks) and include, but are not limited to, Weill Bugando Medical Centre located in Mwanza, Tanzania, the University of Sydney in Australia; the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College in Tanzania; and San Marcos Medical College in Lima, Per u . For a complete listing of independent electives, please see the OGHE website, and Global Health Initiatives.
- Defining a Global Health- International Elective
- Developing a Global Health- International Elective
- Application Process
- Deadlines/ Timeline
- General Guidelines
- Listing of Weill Cornell Endowed Fellowships
- External Links
- Preparing to Complete a Global Health- International Elective
- Passports and Visas
- Immunizations and Health Precautions
- Booking Airline Tickets
- Safety Precautions (Country Specific Alerts and Warnings)
- International Medical Insurance
- Packing Guide and Universal Precautions While Abroad
- Preparation Guides
- Define and develop an idea for an elective.
- Meet with the Director of the Office of Global Health Education (OGHE) to discuss the proposed elective.
- Identify a Weill Cornell faculty mentor.
- Identify a mentor in the setting where the elective will be completed.
- Write a formal proposal with both mentors that explains the scope and purpose of the elective.
- Submit proposals to the OGHE and to external sources of funding. (Be sure to include the appropriate cover form when submitting the application to the OGHE.*)
- Approval by Weill Cornell's International Committee is necessary for the student to receive funding by the OGHE.
- Prepare to complete the elective:
- Apply for a passport and visa, as required by host country
- Acquire necessary medications
- Acquire necessary vaccinations
- Stay updated on the news and health concerns of your host country
- Complete the "Agreement and Release" and "Consent" forms.* These forms, along with a copy of the student's valid passport and visa, should be submitted to the OGHE prior to departing.
- Upon return, submit the "Student Evaluation" and "Supervisor Evaluation" forms to the OGHE.*
- Write a report on the elective experience. This report is to be submitted to the OGHE within a month of returning from the elective. Reimbursement for travel will not be made without prior receipt of the written report.
- Participate in the OGHE's bi-annual International Day.
- First-Year Students: First-year students complete Global Health-International Electives during the summer following their first-year of medical school. Applications for consideration must be submitted prior to a specfied deadline, usually mid-March. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
- Leave of Absence Students: A leave of absence may be taken between the third and fourth years of medical school to complete a Global Health- International elective. Planning for such an elective should begin the summer following the second-year of medical school.
Students interested in completing a year-long elective often apply for outside funding through the Fulbright Fellowship Program, the Doris Duke Fellowship, the O.C. Hubert Student Fellowship in International Health, and/or the Fogarty Fellows Program.
Interested students should meet with the Director of Global Health Education and the Office of Academic Affairs (1300 York Avenue, Room C-118; 212.746.1050) as early as possible to discuss the logistics of taking a year off to go abraod.
- Fourth-Year Students: Global Health-International Electives are frequently taken in the spring of the fourth-year after the required clerkships have been satisfied.
- International electives must be 6 - 8 weeksin duration. There are, however, a few specific electives that are 4 weeks in duration (e.g., American Hospital in Paris, Christian Medical College, the Max Kade Program, and the USEU MEE).
- Identify a mentor both from Weill Cornell and the host country and work closely with both mentors to develop the project proposal.
- Be mindful of language requirements for the host country.
- Ensure the project is reasonable in scope for the time allotted. For example, electives with a heavy clinical focus are reserved for third and fourth-year medical students.
402 East 67th Street
New York, NY 10065
|Oliver Fein, MD |
Associate Dean of Affiliations and
the Office of Global Health Education
|Madelon Finkel, PhD |
Director of the Office of Global Health Education
|Dianne Young, MPH |
Global Health Electives Coordinator
|Yasmine Reeder |
Global Health Electives Assistant
- American Hospital in Paris Fellowship
- Auxiliary International Fellowship
- Dr. B.H. Kean Class of 1964 Fellowship
- Ferienakademie Fellowship
- Ida S. Scudder, M.D. 1899 Fellowship
- Joan M. May Fellowship
- Lynford Family International Fellowship
- Marian and Jack Blankenship Fellowship
- Max Kade Foundations Fellowship
- Dr. Milton B. Rosenbluth Fellowship
- United States European Medical Education Exchange Fellowship
U.S. State Department
Tel: (202) 647-5225
Centers for Disease Control
Tel: (404) 639-3311
World Health Organization
- Passport: U.S. Passports can take up to 6 weeks to process.
- Visa: Visa application procedures and processing times vary from country-to-country. Students should become familiar with their host country's visa requirements and application process as well as entry/exit fee policies.
- Immunizations: Plan ahead. Vaccinations vary in the length of time needed to reach maximum efficiency. Further, not all vaccinations can be given at the same time. Allow at least 4 to 6 weeks before departure to plan your course of vaccinations. In addition to country specific vaccinations, be sure that routine vaccinations are up-to-date.
- Health Recommendations: Students should obtain knowledge in precautionary techniques relating to insect repellent and food/ water consumption before departure. In addition, students should also become familiar and remain updated on the health status of the host country.
- The Medical Student Guide to Electives Abroad
- A Student's Guide to International Health and Funding Guide
- ToolKit for Going Abroad
- Advising Medical Students and Residents: International Health Experiences
Office of Global Health Education
Attn: Mrs. Dianne Young
425 E 61 St, Suite 321
New York, NY 10065
Tel: 212 746 4837