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Global Health Electives for Internal Medicine Residents

The global health electives for the Internal Medicine Residency program in NYU Langone’s Department of Medicine offer a two- or four-week clinical, teaching, or research experience abroad. Global health electives are available to second- and third-year residents.

Residents who take a global health elective develop and practice cross-cultural communication and examination skills; learn to identify and appreciate the cultural and social determinants of health-related needs and behavior; and deepen their understanding of global health disparities and tropical diseases.

Residents learn to provide clinical services or conduct research in resource-limited settings, gain an understanding of the ethical issues involved in working with underserved populations, and acquire leadership skills to improve healthcare delivery both abroad and at home.

The program accepts a select group of residents each year through a competitive application process and provides a full salary, benefits, and a travel stipend.

Global Health Opportunities for Internal Medicine Residents

Internal medicine residents can pursue a clinical rotation in one of the programs that have been specially selected by the global health faculty advisors for their robust academic experiences. Residents can also design their own experience abroad on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the global health faculty advisors.

Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare Ghana

NYU Grossman School of Medicine leads the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) Consortium of academic health centers in the AMPATH Ghana partnership with the University for Development Studies School of Medicine (UDS SOM), Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH), and other affiliated institutions in Ghana. AMPATH is a global network of academic health centers collaborating with ministries of health in low and middle-income countries to ensure essential healthcare for all.

This partnership works towards mutually beneficial outcomes for all partners—improving the health and well-being of people in communities in and around Tamale, educating tomorrow’s medical experts worldwide, and jointly researching breakthroughs that will inform improvements in population health around the world. Internal medicine residents will have the opportunity to apply to work alongside Ghanaian counterparts, improve their clinical skills, and receive an invaluable global health experience in Ghana.

This opportunity is available through the Section for Global Health in NYU Langone’s Institute for Excellence in Health Equity.

Elective in Botswana

Launched in 2011, the Botswana Global Health Program is a collaboration between the Botswana Harvard AIDS Institute Partnership, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). Internal medicine residents work in a resource-limited setting and provide medical care to a population challenged by ongoing HIV and TB epidemics, as well as a rising burden of noncommunicable diseases.

Scottish Livingstone Hospital is a government-run district hospital located in the village of Molepolole, 60 km from the Botswana’s capital city, Gaborone. Qualifying residents spend four weeks working at Scottish Livingstone Hospital and are integrated into the daily routine of the hospital serving primarily as clinician–educators on the adult inpatient wards and outpatient departments, where they work alongside hospital medical officers, nurses, medical interns, and students from the University of Botswana School of Medicine. The onsite OHSU-affiliated attending faculty and/or the attending-level global health clinical fellow supervise all clinical activities during rotations.

With the assistance of the global health faculty, internal medicine residents can apply for open spots offered to external applicants each year.

Contact Us

If you have questions about global health electives for internal medicine residents, please contact faculty advisors, Hadas Reich, MD, at, or Amanda Klinger, MD, at