Clinical Electives Abroad

Clinical electives allow students who have completed their MSIII core clerkships to have a clinical experience in another health care system. The following clinical electives are available in Africa, Asia, and South America.

International Clinical Elective Travel Fellowship

We are very pleased to be able to offer opportunities to highly motivated students interested in completing a clinical elective in a developing country.

In addition to completing the application form and the indemnification statement, we request that you also provide an updated CV. The application must also be signed by your academic advisor to ensure that you have met all necessary academic requirements.

All of these clinical electives are subsidized from one of several endowed travel fellowships from generous alumni and friends of the school to support students on international electives. These fellowships cover medical pre-trip evaluations and immunizations, air travel and some living expenses; however these stipends may not cover all of your expenses during the clinical elective. You should also be aware that if you choose to add personal time and travel on either side of the elective we can not be responsible if the elective dates must be changed.

Please note that each site has different requirements for the length of the rotation. Changes can’t be made to the duration of the clinical elective rotation.

We look forward to reviewing your application.

To apply please follow this link to the grants database to complete the online application; please enter "Clinical" in the search by keyword field to pull up the "International Elective Travel Fellowship" application.

Clinical Electives in Africa

Electives in African include a clinical rotation focusing on tuberculosis at Tugela Ferry, South Africa, a collaboration between Yale and Makerere University at Mulago Hospital in Uganda, and a surgical clerkship with Dr. Michael O'Brien in rural Zambia.

Clinical Electives in Asia & the Pacific

Electives in Asia and the Pacific include a working with Dr. Kinari Webb at the Alam Sehat Lestari Clinic in Borneo, Indonesia, the Chung Fellowship in Changsha, China, and a clinical rotation at Mettapracharak Hospital in Thailand.

Clinical Electives in the Americas and the Caribbean

Clinical electives in South America include two programs of clinical rotations in Argentina, one in Corduba and the other at the University of Buenos Aires, a rotation at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the Hermilio Valdizan Psychiatric Hospital in Peru, and a rotation at Universidad de Los Andes in Columbia.