Global Health Electives will be offered in several countries and will follow the guidelines outlined below. Some countries may offer some unique experiences and these will be determined on a case-by-case basis. For example, for some students, Medical Spanish would become a primary goal in the international rotations. Others may like to learn about international research collaborations, etc.
This course is open to 3rd and 4th year medical students.
This includes working in primary care clinics, hospitals, and community settings under the supervision of a physician. Students will assess the cultural and environmental context in which patients present and elicit the needed information on the subject’s medical, social, and personal condition; making or updating a diagnosis; deciding and applying interventions; properly recording information on the encounter. After the clinical time, case discussion will be held with the supervisor.
At the beginning of the elective, the student will agree with the mentor on a scholarly project. The project could involve a case presentation or a literature review, 4-6 pages, double spaced. The case presentation, besides the standard sections, should include a discussion of global health issues affecting the presentation, treatment, and prognosis of the case. The literature review must deal with a subject relevant to Global Health in the specific region chosen for the elective. It can also include contrasts and comparisons between the US and the host country’s health care systems and lessons learned that can be applied here. In order to receive credit, students will also be required to complete a student feedback form about their learning experience at the global health site.
The Evaluation will follow the general parameters in use at the school. The student will carry the “Global Health Evaluation Form” abroad (available from Christina Rozario in the Office of Global Health: firstname.lastname@example.org or 5-6383) and request their on-site supervisor to complete the form. The student will return the completed “Global Health Evaluation Form” to the Office of Global Health with a final version of the scholarly project.
Dr. Escobar will use (1) the evaluation which the on-site supervisor provided and (2) an evaluation of the scholarly project, to complete the RWJ blue evaluation grade form. This grade will be submitted by the Office of Global Health to the Registrar’s Office on the student’s behalf.