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Global Health

Visiting International Elective Student Program Message

Yale along with many other medical institutions around the United States and the world are making the tough decision to cancel visiting students coming to campuses. We are currently shifting focus to our own medical students to ensure they are receiving the clinical skills required for graduation following the interruptions to their training caused by the COVID pandemic.

However, while we have made the decision to cancel elective rotations for international visiting students through the end of October 2020, we hope to be able to begin accepting students starting in early November 2020. All students applying for electives for the Fall blocks, are strongly encourage to also apply for dates in 2021 to provide us with alternative dates for you should we have to close all Fall rotations at a later date. The application for the 2021 dates will be available in Summer 2020.

We want to assure our applicants that we still remain dedicated to our mission. Please continue to review our website for updates in regard to openings and closures of our clinical elective rotations as the current situation changes and evolves. You will also find new post-decision requirements that have been implemented to ensure the safety of our patients, clinical staff and trainees.

Thank you,

The Office of Global Health Education

At Yale School of Medicine, we believe global health is founded on the principles of social justice and, for medical students, involves understanding the challenges health systems face in attaining health equity for all, understanding the social, economic and political determinants of health, providing clinical care to underserved patients, advocacy for individual patients and communities, and a commitment to cultural humility and cross-cultural communication.

Yale Students

You will experience a vibrant global health curriculum that ensures these values are discussed in the core curriculum. You can also access a variety of elective courses that allow you to gain a deeper understanding of these values and work with underserved populations here in New Haven. During your pre-clinical and clinical years, you can work in healthcare delivery systems in low and middle income countries. You can conduct global health research in international settings. A Certificate in Global Medicine is available to students who demonstrate a deep level of commitment and expertise in global health. Click Here to learn more about Yale Student Opportunities.

Visiting Student Elective Program

We are excited to provide clinical electives to international students who wish to compare their healthcare system with that in the U.S. The rotations have been quite formative for students who participate in the program. Having international students on elective rotations also deepens the understanding Yale faculty and students have of healthcare delivery systems in international settings. Click Here to learn more about the Visiting Student Elective Program.