As you prepare for your Global Health experience, make a list of your expectations and goals. Do you speak any other languages? Do you need a place where they speak English? Are you looking specifically for a primary care/district hospital?
This is a partial list of organizations that have programs in various areas of the world. The University of Arizona College of Medicine does not maintain a direct relationship with any of these organizations or programs although faculty are familiar with most of them. When available the general type of health care service is included. Check their websites for deails. While many of the programs are affiliated with religious organizations, some are less strict than others about your beliefs. Don't eliminate them from your search just because they have mission in their titles.
This is not the only way to secure a site. The best starting point for UAz CoM students is our password protected Rotations Abroad (see link at left). Second best is this list.
Finally, if you do not find here what you want, you can search on your own. The most important factor in selection of any site is how well it meets the stated goals of the Externship (preclinical) or Preceptorship (clinical years).
We also list a number of medical schools with links to sites. Some are programs within that medical school and you will have to contact that school for more details.
Organizations and Programs:
African Inland Mission (AIM) Medical Missions: http://www.aimint.org/usa/ (Africa)
-> Serve -> Short Term Service. 4th year medical students, public health students.
Africa Christian Health Associations Platform: http://www.africachap.org/x5/
Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK): http://www.chak.or.ke/
Brochure and additional contact information (PDF)
American Medical Student Association (AMSA): www.amsa.org/global/ (multi)
ASMA: Education & Career Development Page: AMSA's Transnational Projects (right side menu box)
Several sites listed. Appear to welcome both preclinical and clinical medical students
American Medical Women's Association: http://www.amwa-doc.org/ ->American Women's Hospitals Service ->
Supported Clinics ->Mission Hospital (India) (Must be member of AMWA) Preclinical and Clinical students
Amigos de los Americos: www.amigoslink.org/ (Latin America)
Public Health projects; contact about volunteering in medical clinic
Amrita Intitute of Medical Sciences Health Care Campus, Cochin, Kerala, India (AIMS) - http://aims.amrita.edu
Contact : aimsinternational [at] aims [dot] amrita [dot] edu
ASAPROSAR: http://www.asaprosar.org/ (El Salvador) -> Programs
Contact about specific programs - preclinical and clinical students, public health students
Asia Health Institute: http://ahi-japan.sakura.ne.jp/english/web/english.html
Training institute and courses. Site mostly in Japanese. May be able to help you with Asian site.
Association of Baptists for World Evangelism: www.abwe.org/serve/healthcare/ (Togo)
International Health Ministries - http://www.healthcareministries.abwe.org/
-> Short Term Medical Team Trips
Baptist Medical Centre, Nalerigu, Ghana: http://www.baptistmedicalcenter.org (Ghana)
Clinical Medical Students and Residents: http://www.baptistmedicalcenter.org/how-can-i-help/volunteer/
Go West Africa: http://www.gowestafrica.org/BMC/medical_volunteers_needed.php
Behrhorst Partners for Development (BPD): http://www.behrhorst.org/ (Guatemala)
Possilbe PreClinical and Public Health opportunities. Contact them directly.
Calcutta Mercy Hospital - http://calcuttamercyhospital.org
Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Service: http://www.cbchealthservices.org/ (Cameroon)
Clinical Medical Students, Residents and Volunteers.
Choice of 3 hospitals - Banso, Mbingo, and Mutengene
Application (PDF) and Visitors Guide (PDF)
CDC - Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS): www.cdc.gov/eis/
Epidemiology Elective Program for Senior Medical Students - http://www.cdc.gov/EpiElective/index.html
Apply in your 2nd or 3rd year of medical school - Application deadline is early December
CDC - Coordinating Office for Global Health: www.cdc.gov/cogh/ (multi)
Several program available. Contact CDC for details. Open to preclinical and clinical students, public health students
CEDEINFA (through Ohio University College of Medicine): www.oucom.ohiou.edu/International/ElSalvador/index.htm (El Salvador) Deadline Feb 1 for applications. First, third and fourth year medical students.
Child Family Health International (CFHI): www.cfhi.org/ (multi)
A variety of programs. Email CFHI to get details. Programs for preclinical and clinical medical, and public health students. (scholarships available - see deadlines - 4 per year)
Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH): www.ccih.org/ ->Students -> Jobs and Internships. Must be a member of CCIH.
Christian Health Association of Kenya (CHAK): www.chak.or.ke/ (Kenya) - provides information about CHAK.
Does not provide sites or contacts.
Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF): www.cmf.org.uk/internationalministries/ (multi)
CIDRZ (Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia): www.cidrz.org/cidrz_internship HIVCorps Fellowship Program
CIDRZ is a Zambian organization affiliated with the University of Alabama at Birmigham (UAB). The HIVCorps fellowship is targeted at medical, nursing, or MPH students who are able to delay their studies for a year; recent graduates who wish to gain international experience; and college graduates with substantial skills or experience. Five fellows will be selected to work in Lusaka, Zambia. 10-12 month duration. All applicants must be available to start in early July. Submit application from URL above.
The Cinterandes Foundation : http://cinterandes.cypresscreative.com/ (Ecuador)
A non-profit organizatoin whose goal is to promote human development. Opportunities for Foreign Students: http://cinterandes.cypresscreative.com/opportunities/ : Mobile Surgery, Health Centers, Integral Healthcare Programs, Family Health, River Health.
Accepts Clinical Medical students (contact them about preclnical and public health)
Comprehensive Rural Health Project: http://www.crhpjamkhed.org/ (Jamkhed, India)
Accepts Preclinical and Clinical Medical Students and Public Health Students.
See attached information on the Institute for Training - pdf
Check out Approach tab for Mobile Health Team and Hospital and Training Center
Curamericas Global, Inc: www.curamericas.org/ (Latin America)
Accepts Clinical Medical students and Public Health students
Doctors for Global Health: www.dghonline.org/ (multi)
Preclinical and clinical medical students
Emmanuel Health: www.emms.org/ (Malawi, India, Nepal)
Opportunities for medical and other health-related students.
Emmanuel Hospital Association: http://eha-health.org/ (India)
4th year medical students.
Also need for short-term doctors and nurses to provide relief for hospital personnel - from one week to several months to work alongside and mentor the medical staff.
Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA): http://ecwahq.org/ecwa/ (Nigeria)
Evergreen : www.evergreenchina.net (China) Consists of an international team of Christian professionals who work alongside local partners toward the enhancement and sustainability of regional economic and spiritual development.
Opportunities for Preclinical and Clinical Medical Students, and Public Health students
Our Work -> Professional Services -> Medicine and Public Health
Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD): www.fsdinternational.org/ (multi)
Preclinical and clinical medical students, public health students
Friends Without a Border: http://www.fwab.org/ (Cambodia)
Angkor Hospital for Children: Volunteer: https://angkorhospital.org/
Preclinical and clinical medical students, residents, and non-medical volunteers
(The) Gambia (Banjul and beyond) Medical Research Council [U.K.] http://www.mrc.ac.uk/index.htm
Useful site of Preclinical and Clinical medical students, and MD-MPH
MRC Unit, The Gambia -
Sample Schedule for Medical Elective - pdf The Gambia Visa application
Visitors Briefing - pdf MRC Visitor Info Sheet and Unit Notes - pdf
Global Health Ministries (GHM): http://www.ghm.org/ (Multi) (Lutheran Ministry)
-> Get Involved -> Short Term Mission
Does not say it has specific programs for medical students. You will need to contact them about opportunities
Global Health Outreach (CMDA): http://www.cmda.org/wcm/CMDA/ --> Missions
Team trips with the Christian Medical & Dental Association.
HCJB Global: www.hcjb.org/ (multi)
Short term missions for medical and public health students. Not specific about taking preclinical medical students
Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO): www.hvousa.org/ (multi)
Mostly for residents and professionals but contact if you have an interest to see if an opening.
Highlands Foundation: www.highlandsfoundation.org.au/index.htm (Papua New Guinea)
Opportunities for clinical medical students
Hillside Belize: www.hillsidebelize.net/ (Belize)
Some opportunities for clinical medical students and residents but best for 2nd year students
Newsletter - Spring 2012
HIVCorps in Zambia: See CIDRZ listing above
Hopital Albert Schweitzer: http://www.hashaiti.org/ (Haiti)
Not clear on website about whether they take preclinical or clinical students. Contact for more information
In His Image (IHI): http://www.inhisimage.org/international/index.html (multi)
Specific trips planned ahead for teams. Accept clinical medical students.
International Medical Mission Trips - Valerie Whittenburger, international coordinator, vwhittenburger [at] inhisimage [dot] org
Institute of Family Medicine (INFA-MED): Opportunities for Family Medicine Clinical and Academic Faculty - East Africa
Association with the Christian Health Association (CHAK) of Kenya - see above
This is also a resource for fourth year medical students and residents. (PDF) :
Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Lesotho, Malawi
Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC): www.creigh ton.edu/ministry/ilac/index.php (Dominican Republic) ->Programs
There are options for clinical and preclinical students and for other than primary care. Contact ILAC for details.
InterServe USA :http://www.interserveusa.org/ (Nepal, Bangladesh, other southeast Asia countries)
Interdenominational fellowship of Christian serving in East Asia. Clinical and non-clinical students.
http://www.interserveusa.org/serve/shortterm "Our supervised, seven week, overseas medical electives are reserved for students in their final year of study at an accredited medical school. Placements are facilitated in partnership with Christian hospitals in the Arab World and Asia. Opportunities outside of our traditional areas of service occasionally arise. Inquiries and applications should be submitted during the third year to maximize one's chances for placement."
Institute for International Medicine: inmed.us/ (multi)
International Certificate training for clinical students and public health students
InterHealth South America : www.interhealthsouthamerica.net/ - Ecuador - clinical work and Medical Spanish
Due dates for the program are in June-July for program participation the following February.
Specific programs for PreClinical (in June ) and Clinical students (in February) - see website for specific dates
International Health Volunteers: www.internationalhealthvolunteers.org/ >Projects (multi)
Provides an accessible repository of physicians, dentists, and other medical experts who have the requisite skills and interest to assist in short term medical relief projects. Check individual projects listed and contacts to see if they will take clinical students.
International Service Learning: www.islonline.org/ (multi)
Upcoming year Team Schedule is posted with dates and locations. Check to see if you are qualified.
Kids Worldwide: http://africa.kidsworldwide.org/ghanaclinics.htm (Ghana)
Work in village clinics. AMURT Village Project.
Other non-clinical projects also available at http://www.kidsworldwide.org/projects.htm
Kikuyu Hospital: www.pceakikuyuhospital.org/ (Kenya) (website is gone - I am checking on it 12/2012)
4th year clinical students - contact hospital directly for openings
Lady Willingdon Hospital: http://www.manalihospital.com/index.php (Manali, India)
-> Medical Electives - Provides general information about elective.
You are there as an observer only.
Machame Hospital, Tanzania: http://machamehospital.org (Tanzania)
Education -> Foreign Student Electives (PDF Summary)
Due to language and cultural differences the experience is significantly observational in nature.
Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba (MEDICC): www.medicc.org/ns/
Does not appear to have its summer elective program anymore - contact them directly if interested
They do offer several 1 week sessions on public health related topics. Check their schedule for details http://medicc.org/ns/?page_id=355
Missions for PreMedical and Medical Students: www.missionfinder.org/medstudents.htm (multi)
List of Missions with opportunites for Preclinical and Clinical medical students
Monteverde Institute: www.mvinstitute.org/ (Costa Rica)
Opportunities for PreClnical medical students and Public Health students
Northwest Medical Team: www.medicalteams.org (multi)
A Christian global health organization. Team based - medical students, interns and residents.
Medical Teams - 2012-2013 (PDF)
Operation Crossroads Africa: operationcrossroadsafrica.org/ (Africa)
Application deadline is Feb 1 of year of travel. 6 weeks of work and 1 week of travel
Opportunites for PreClinical and Clinical medical students and Public Health students
Partners in Health: www.pih.org/ (multi)
Volunteer opportunities but website does not speifically offer any for students. Contact to find out.
Presbyterian Church - International health: gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/internationalhealth/ (multi)
-> International Health and Development Programs - Will give you lists of hospitals that work in partnership
with the General Assembly Mission Council
Pro-Health International (PHI): http://prohealthinternational.info/ (Malawi, Niger, Burundi)
See "Upcoming Missions" and "Apply Online" Contact form online.
Details of missions in PDF - "What to Expect"
Project Medishare in Haiti: www.projectmedishare.org/ (Haiti)
Opportunities for medical and public health students - http://www.projectmedishare.org/how-to-help/volunteer/
Projects Abroad: www.projectsabroad.co.uk >Projects>Medicine and Health Care (multi)
Medical Electives Abroad: http://www.projects-abroad.co.uk/volunteer-projects/medicine-and-healthcare/electives
Accepts PreClinical, Clinical, and Nursing students.
Quito Clinical Rotations through Ohio University College of Medicine: www.oucom.ohiou.edu/tdi/Clinical_Rotations/ (Ecuador)
Program for 3rd and 4th year medical students - check website for specific dates - February 2012.
Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa: http://www.rudasa.org.za/ (Southern Africa, Swaziland)
Check on the Rural Electives Website: http://www.wits.ac.za/academic/health/students/elective/9118/rural_electives.html
Associated with the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Serving in Mission (SIM) USA: www.simusa.org/ (multi)
Christian organization - looking for volunteers. Contact about specific areas of service.
Shirati Health, Education and Development (SHED) Foundation: http://shedfoundation.org (Tanzania)
Elective opportunities for medical and nursing students and residents
Shoulder to Shoulder: www.shouldertoshoulder.org (Honduras)
Opportunities for Clinical medical students: http://www.shouldertoshoulder.org/en-us/whatwedo/medical.aspx
Students for International Mission Service (SIMS): http://www.lluglobal.com/site/c.msKRL6PNLrF/b.5551113/k.BCBE/SIMS.htm (multi)
look under "Got a Week?" for 1-2 week trips and "Got a Month?" for Mission Elective
Associated with Loma Linda Univeristy.
Clinical Medical Students and Residents - LLU International sites: (multi)http://www.lluglobal.com/site/c.msKRL6PNLrF/b.5915773/k.586/International_Sites.htm
Terma Foundation: http://terma.org/ (Tibet)
Not clear what level of students they will take
Village Mountain Mission through Ohio Univ College of Medicine: www.oucom.ohiou.edu/International/VMM/index.htm (Dominican Republic)
Clinical Program - last mssion listed was 2008 so contact them to see if any plans for future
Village Volunteers Org: www.villagevolunteers.org (Kenya, Ghana, India, Nepal, and Belize)
Opportunities for Preclinical and Clinical medical students and Public Health students
Volunteer in Africa: www.volunteeringinafrica.org/ (Ghana)
Many voluteer opportunities. Check website for details.
Preclinical and Clinical Medical Students, Public Health students and other volunteers
WONCA - Global Family Doctor http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/ (Mongolia, Russion Federation, Uganda, Lebanon, China) informational website - doesn't have specific clinics listed
WONCA Groups -> Young Doctors Movements
Yachana Foundation: www.yachana.org.ec/health_care.php (Ecuador) -> Get Involved -> Volunteer
Clinical Medical Students and Public Health students. Must speak conversational Spanish. PDF of correspondence.
United States and Canadian Medical Schools with Global Health programs and electives:
Baylor Electives Abroad: http://www.bcm.edu/medschool/internationaltrack/index.cfm?PMID=11371
Boston University Family Medicine Global Health Collaborative:http://www.bu.edu/ghc/
http://www.bu.edu/lesotho/ (Lesotho-Boston health Alliance)
Brown Medical International Health Electives: http://www.brown.edu/academics/medical/bright/about-program
Case Western Reserve. Center for Global Health and Diseases: http://www.case.edu/orgs/cghd/
Cornell Global Health electives: weill.cornell.edu/globalhealth/education/weill-cornell-medical-students/global_health-_international_electives_real/
Creighton University - ILAC: www.creighton.edu/ministry/ilac/programs/
Dartmouth Blog: dmsglobal.blogspot.com/ (has reviews from students of specific sites)
Dartmouth World Health Volunteer Opportunties: dms.dartmouth.edu/whvo/catalog/
Gives listings of organizations by continent and country
George Washington University International Medicine Programs and electives: http://www.gwumc.edu/imp/index.cfm
Loma Linda University: www.llu.edu/central/sims/programdesc.page
Ohio University - College of Osteopathic Medicine: http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/International/
University of Alberta International Health Electives: www.ih.ualberta.ca/electives/electives.html
University of California San Francisco Education Opportunities: www.medschool.ucsf.edu/intlprograms/Programs/
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine: www.familymedicine.uc.edu/international/ihhome.htm
University of Maryland, Tropical Medicine in Belize:http://medschool.umaryland.edu/osr/training_belize.asp
University of North Carolina Student Experiences: www.med.unc.edu/oia/student-experiences
University of Washington : Global Health Resource Center: http://globalhealth.washington.edu/about-us
Vanderbilt International Health electives: www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/medschool/spec_ops/resultdetail.php
List of 27 volunteer opportunities
Global Health Education Consortium: globalhealthedu.org/ > Resources
Does not have a list of sites but has many resources to help you prepare
Stephens, ST. How to Plan, Prepare for, and Maximize an International Health Rotation. AAFP Family Medicine Residents and Students National Conference; Jule 31, 2010. PDF attached
MTS Travel (mtstravel.com) - the "US leader in humanitarian, missions and cause-related travel". 800-642-8315
Raptim Travel (www.raptimusa.com) - "Global Leaders in Humanitarian, Missionary & Religious Airfairs" 800-777-9232
STA Travel (www.statravel.com) Student and Teacher flight discounts, including student travel card. 800-781-4040