of the fourth year, students participate in the Global Health Clinical Clerkship, an and
Eight-week elective clerkships in Global Health
The capstone experience is the eight-week Global Health elective. This two-month clinical rotation takes place ideally in a developing country or in other clinical settings related to global health all over the world; the goal of this clinical rotation is to enable the advanced fourth-year medical student to experience the practice of medicine in an environment other than his/her own.
This exposure allows for the practical application of theoretical knowledge acquired during the previous three and a half years of study, to different cultural and ethnic groups while working under varied conditions affected by the economics, traditions, religious beliefs, limited resources and geography of the site. In so far as is possible, MSIH students are integrated with training programs of local medical students.
Interesting rotations are available based on the specific interests of the student and in accordance with the MSIH’s annual review of local security conditions and travel advisories, and subject to regulations of the U.S. Department of Education. (Please note: individual citizenship, visa status and financial resources can affect a student’s selection of a global health elective site.) Please visit the individual countries pages at left for more detailed information.
The goal of the global health elective clerkship is to enable the advanced fourth- year medical student to experience the practice of medicine in an environment other than his/her own. This exposure allows for the practical application of theoretical knowledge to different cultural and ethnic groups while working under varied conditions affected by the economics, traditions, religious beliefs, limited resources and geography of the site. Additionally, valuable experience is gained by working with medical students from the host country and through participation in clinical work with local health practitioners.
Fourth-year students from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons may also apply, on a space-available basis, to participate in the eight-week, global health clinical clerkships of the Medical School for International Health. Sites for the 2013 clerkships include supervised sites in Canada, Israel, India, and Sri Lanka. $2500 travel grants, applicable to the clerkships, are available to P&S students.