The Medical School for International Health is accredited by the New York State Board of Education. Fourth year medical students at the MSIH are approved by the New York State Department of Education to engage in clinical electives at Columbia University Medical Center and its affiliates.
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, and its affiliates. By agreement with Columbia University, students may take electives at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital 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 for graduate medical education.
Students begin to plan their fourth-year electives in the winter of their third year in consultation with faculty at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. All applications for clinical electivesat CUMC or other institutions in the US and Canada must be approved by BGU staff before requests are submitted to the respective elective offices.
For a current list of fourth-year elective clerkships available to visiting Medical School for International Health students at Columbia University, see the elective catalogue at cumc.columbia.edu/dept/ps/electives.