Clinical Electives in Africa


International Opportunities in Africa

  • Established in 1962, UGSMD, was the first medical school in Ghana. Students wishing to do an elective in Ghana have the option to do a 6 week rotation in one of the following areas: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, ObGyn, Surgery and Anesthesia.

  • Although TB is the leading cause of death among HIV-infected patients in South Africa, care of the two diseases has been separate, leading to fragmented patient care and suboptimal patient outcomes. Dr. Gerald Friedland has worked on projects integrating care for HIV and TB and this is the focus of collaborative operational research projects in KwaZulu Natal.
  • An affiliation between Yale and Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, was established to place Yale attendings and residents at Mulago Hospital throughout the year, funded through the Yale Stanford/Johnson & Johnson Scholars in International Health program.  This is a bilateral exchange program with Ugandan students and faculty also spending time on the Yale campus.
  • Dr. Michael O’Brien, Department of Surgery, makes an annual two-week trip to the village of Mwandi, on the Zambezi River in southwest Zambia, volunteering in the local Mwandi Hospital, a 50-bed rural facility. Dr. O’Brien takes one 4th/5th year medical student with him to assist in general surgical and medicine responsibilities.