Choosing a Global Health elective is a rewarding and enriching experience.

Participating Residents will:

  • Learn about the global burden of disease and the need to promote global equity in health care;

  • Experience a different medical system, cultural practices and understanding of diseases and treatment;

  • Become familiar with medical and social conditions unique to regions, which may help improve the quality of care for patients at home;

  • Obtain unique clinical experience in treating diseases that you may encounter in immigrants, refugees and travelers;

  • Experience cross-cultural issues such as language, communication, traditional healing, religious beliefs and family structure-all of which impact the physician-patient relationship;

  • Learn to enhance standards of care in resource-poor areas;

  • Share medical knowledge with international colleagues; and,

  • Work with other health disciplines to improve care.