- Global Health electives are available to 4th year medical students who are in good academic standing and have completed their core requirements prior to the elective.
- Third year medical students may receive permission on a case-by-case basis.
- Medical students may pursue an elective at one of the Mount Sinai Global Health Center’s partner sites.
- Students may also arrange foreign electives offered by non-U.S. medical schools or other well-known international organizations; all such electives must be discussed and pre-approved by the Global Health Center. Some opportunities may be found here.
- Please click here to view a list of global health electives that were recently completed by MSSM medical students. By clicking "continue search" at the bottom of the search page, you be able to view a complete list of elective opportunities.
- We are in the process of further developing the global health clinical electives database. Please contribute to the list by completing our database questionnaire.
- Funding preference is given to students doing research or a public health project at a GHC partner site.
- Language electives and purely clinical electives are usually not funded.
- No funding will be given for electives that are less than 4 weeks long.
- Students must be working with an underserved population.
- There are many external grant opportunities available for clinical electives. List of sources.
- In order to receive one week’s credit, you must spend at least 40 hours during the week on this educational experience.
- You may not be under the direct supervision of any family members or individuals with whom you have a personal relationship.
- Students requesting more than 4 weeks of credit for a clinical elective must get special permission from the Student Affairs office. Please contact Peter Gliatto (firstname.lastname@example.org), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Student Affairs.
- In order to receive credit for the elective, you need to have your on-site mentor/supervisor fill out a Clinical Elective Evaluation/Grade form for the registrar’s office.
- Medical students who are proposing to do a global health elective for credit must submit an online Global Health Clinical Electives application form.
- Obtain a formal letter from your ON SITE MENTOR/SUPERVISOR confirming his/her approval and agreement to policies: 1) Student must spend at least 40 hours per week under supervision in order to receive one week of credit & 2) Supervisor must submit an evaluation of the student’s work at the completion of the elective experience. You will upload the signed letter of acceptance from your on-site mentor directly onto the application form.
- MSGH will review your application and request for funding. All international/global health electives must be approved by the Global Health Center faculty prior to travel. We will notify you of our decision by email.
- If any proposed changes, you will be asked to write an addendum to your application and get this addendum approved by MSGH faculty.
- MSGH will forward your approved application to Kamila Bryson in the registrar’s office who will send you an email confirmation that the elective is approved; be sure to reply back to Kamila to confirm your intent to participate in this elective.
- Complete the requirements on the pre-trip checklist (see below) at least 4 weeks prior to departure.
1. Make sure you get your necessary vaccinations. MSGH does not cover the costs for your vaccinations and neither do most insurance companies.
- Please click here fo r Pre Travel Health Care Instructions for Students.
2. You are responsible for reviewing any State Department Travel warnings. While a State Department travel warning does not necessarily preclude an elective in that country or region, it does require meeting with your mentor and/or MSGH faculty member to discuss risks and benefits.
6. Complete the Pre-Trip Requirements.
- Travel Registration Form/ Mount Sinai Legal Waiver
- Safety and Security Video and Questionnaire
- Health Session
8. We also encourage students to contribute photos, videos, blogs, or written reflective pieces that we can post on our website.
- In order to receive credit for the elective, you must have your on-site mentor/supervisor fill out a Clinical Elective Evaluation/Grade form. You are responsible for returning this completed form to Kamila Bryson in the registrar’s office.
- Submit your Clinical Elective Evaluation/Grade form to Kamila Bryson (email@example.com) in Annenberg 13-30. This step is mandatory in order to receive elective credit.
- Complete a Global Health Clinical Electives Evaluation Form that is submitted on the MSGH website.
- Acknowledge the support from Mount Sinai Global Health, in any presentations, abstracts or publications.
- Submit any key photos/videos from your elective experience to MSGH at: firstname.lastname@example.org