During the fourth year students are required to complete sixteen weeks of electives, four of which must be a sub-internship in medicine, pediatrics or surgery. Students may apply to take these clinical elective courses at Columbia University Medical Center and its affiliates or at other institutions in the United States and Canada.
During the second semester students may participate in a two-month, supervised Global Health clinical clerkship in a lesser-developed area of the world, or in cross-cultural settings in the United States and Israel. The semester concludes in Israel with four, two-week electives in surgical and medical subspecialties.
As approved by the New York State Department of Education, students in the Medical School for International Health may engage in up to four months of clinical elective clerkships at Columbia University Medical Center. By agreement with Columbia University, students may take electives at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital's Milstein and Allen Pavilions, and other CUMC affiliates.
Before enrolling in electives at Columbia University or any other New York State teaching hospital, all students must register their elective plans with New York State Department of Education by submitting an application and small fee, along with verification that the host institution has met LCME standards forgraduate medical education.
Students begin to plan their fourth-year electives at Columbia University Medical Center and other institutions in the US and Canada in the winter of their third year in consultation with faculty at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
All applications for clinical electives must be approved by BGU staff before requests are submitted to the CUMC office or to any other medical institution. For a current list of fourth-year elective clerkships available to visiting Medical School for International Health students at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, see the elective catalogue at http://ps.columbia.edu/education/electives.
By virtue of the BGU-Columbia affiliation agreement, fourth-year students at Columbia University's College of Physicians & Surgeons may take fourth-year clinical clerkships at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Fourth-year Columbia University medical students may also apply to participate in the Medical School for International Health global health clinical clerkships in sites such as Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Peru, India, and Israel. P&S students can contact Alice Mahoney at 212-305-9587 or firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application; the deadline is October 31.