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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.

You 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 apply to a number of global health electives through NYU Grossman School of Medicine or outside institutions. You may also design your own experience abroad in consultation with global health faculty.

Elective in Zambia

We offer a four-week rotation with the Internal Medicine Department at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia.

With more than 1,600 beds, UTH is the academic hospital for the University of Zambia’s School of Medicine. The institution is divided into UTH Adult Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Women and Newborn Hospital, Eye Hospital, and Cancer Diseases Hospital. Residents primarily serve the urban population of Lusaka with additional referrals from the rest of the country for specialist care. The hospital serves as the major teaching hospital for medical trainees in multiple subspecialties.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine residents rotate through the Internal Medicine Department as members of the clinical teams on inpatient and outpatient services. Their role is mainly that of clinician–educator, and they work closely with the interns and medical students on the medical teams. Academic activities include staffing outpatient clinics, attending teaching ward rounds, observing endoscopic procedures, teaching medical students/housestaff, and participating in a weekly journal club.

Elective in Ecuador

Cachamsi Cacha Medical Institute is a nonprofit organization that offers medical Spanish lessons and international clinical rotations in Riobamba, Ecuador. This site is a great choice for those interested in an immersive Spanish language experience with an emphasis on practical clinical language skills.

Although Cachamsi includes didactic classroom experience, the majority of time is spent in the clinical setting. This structure allows participants to learn medical Spanish in a classroom setting and then put their language studies into practice, while shadowing clinicians in a variety of environments.

About six hours each day is spent working with clinical preceptors, while about three hours is spent learning Spanish in the classroom. Clinical sites vary, with both inpatient and outpatient options representing a wide range of specialties.

Cachamsi is located in an indigenous community within the beautiful Ecuadorian Andes. Residents who rotate here have the opportunity to explore a beautiful part of the world, with possibilities for weekend trips in nearby Quito, Cuenca, and Otavalo, among many other gorgeous locations. There is no Spanish language proficiency requirement for participation in Cachamsi.

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. 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. The hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient care in internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, critical care, ophthalmology, as well as outpatient sexual and reproductive health, dentistry, and psychiatry.

Qualifying residents spend four or more weeks working at Scottish Livingston Hospital and are integrated into the daily routine of the hospital serving primarily as clinician–educators on the adult in-patient wards and outpatient departments, where they work alongside hospital medical officers, nurses, medical interns, and students from the University of Botswana School of Medicine.

There is also usually a one-week rotation in the outpatient setting, though this depends on the inpatient staffing needs at the time of your visit. The onsite Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center-affiliated attending faculty and/or the attending-level global health clinical fellow supervise all clinical activities during rotations.

Yale Global Health Scholars Program

Medicine residents can earn credits at NYU Grossman School of Medicine for this external global health scholars program, which offers rotations in South Africa, Uganda, Rwanda, and Colombia. The program provides financial support for up to 40 physicians from Yale University, Stanford University, and 7 other U.S. institutions. Learn more about the Yale Global Health Scholars Program.

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