South, Southeast and North
Educational Opportunities in International Health
Photos: James Smithson and Antje
(UCSF MS4s only)Office of International Programs, UCSF
Deadline Extended: August 15, 2008
Every spring, four UCSF students are given the opportunity to visit the
Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) in Beijing to complete eight weeks
of observation on clinical rotations. The exchange program provides round-trip
airfare between SFO and Beijing, housing, and a stipend for incidentals.
For more information visit our PUMC page
or contact the Office
of International Programs.
BJU, a full service, bilingual hospital
with a developed outpatient department, offers UCSF students an opportunity
to work with doctors and patients from all over the world, and to tailor
their experience based on their interests. Rotations of one month or longer
are available. Opportunities for Mandarin speakers are available to learn
and practice medical terminology, but Mandarin is not required for this
rotation. The rotation
is organized by Dr. Evelyn Fang, Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCSF-Fresno
Medical Education Program, who is working long-term in BJU's primary care
The Ministry of Education in Taiwan through
the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco
The goal of this scholarship is to encourage students in the US
to study in Taiwan. Each recipient will be awarded a monthly stipend of
NT$25,000 (about US$746) to study Chinese for up to a year. Applicants
must concurrently apply to a Chinese language center or one of the universities
in Taiwan for instruction. More>
China Beijing International Acupuncture Training
A unique four-week international elective on Acupuncture and Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) is offered in April and July in Beijing, China.
This course will take place at the China Beijing International Acupuncture
Training Center (CBIATC), a WHO collaborating center on traditional medicine.
In order to help learners acquire the basic skills and knowledge in acupuncture
and TCM, the course combines morning acupuncture clinical practice and
afternoon didactics. Students will also have the opportunity to learn
Tai Chi, Tui Na (massage), and basic conversational Chinese. English translators
accompany all of the educational activities; thus, knowledge of Chinese
is NOT required. Beijing, the capital of China, is an ancient city undergoing
major transformation. Living in the center of the city, you will have
an easy access to many of the historical and cultural sites. 125 medical
students over 30 U. S. medical schools have participated in this elective
for credits over the past four years. More>
Please contact Jun James Mao,
MD via email at or call 215-321-4986.
Volunteers accepted year round.
Located in Jiaozuo, Henan Province, the Special Care Unit is an infant
palliative care unit set up to care for orphaned babies that have severe
deformities and are not expected to live. The unit is staffed by Hope
Foster Home employees with oversight provided by a resident foreign medical
volunteer. The mission of the unit is "to comfort always, to relieve
often and to save sometimes." Two week minimum commitment. Food and
lodging provided. Travel to China not included. For more information,
visit the website
or contact Dr. Joyce Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GSC is a nonprofit international volunteer organization running service-learning
opportunities in Thailand. Programs are offered in a variety of fields
including public health, international health, HIV/AIDS, and rural medicine.
Students also participate in homestays with local families while working
hand-in-hand with local counterparts. Programs are of varying lengths
and are offered year round. More>
Deadline: Rolling (for rotations any time besides in April and May)
Students do clinical work for four weeks or more under the supervision
of accredited preceptors at MediCiti, 40 km outside of Hyderabad. Students
have the opportunity to see a variety of medical problems and illnesses
not often seen in traditional Western training, and students learn to
make the best use of scarce resources to provide critical services to
the underserved. Staff are available to serve as interpreters and to assist
students in general. Lodging is provided on site. Applicants must provide
a letter of support from the dean and a personal statement/letter about
how this experience will further their education. For more information
see the MediCiti
site or the ICHHA site (under
Rural Program), or contact email@example.com
The Himalayan Health Exchange organizes medical/dental camps in the remote
Trans Himalayan regions of north India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands.
Participation is open to physicians/residents, dentists, pharmacists,
nurses & medical, dental, public health, and nursing students. Each
trip is designed to provide care to approximately 1,500 underserved patients
and an opportunity for international health exposure to participants.
Student participation on each trip is limited to 30. Participants
are responsible for arranging their own funding to meet expedition costs
and must be willing to put in a minimum of 6-8 hours of clinical work,
each day, for the duration of each clinical period. Contact Ravi
phone (404) 929-9399 for more information. The application can be
found on the website: www.himalayanhealth.com.
Students interested in global health, HIV/AIDS, human rights issues, LGBT
issues may be interested in volunteering with Humsafar, the first NGO
in India to work on a grassroots level with HIV/AIDS prevention/safe sex
information dissemination. They are located in Mumbai (Bombay) and operate
two clinics and a drop in center where they provide STI treatment, HIV
testing and psychological counseling. For more info, please visit website.
Each year, MedicIndia selects 8-10 first-year medical students for a six-week
summer service fellowship at the New Civic Hospital in Surat, Gujarat,
India. Fellows spend their time rotating through various specialties,
such as general surgery, pediatrics, rural health care, and psychology.
The program's philosophy is rooted in the desire to provide increased
health services to a developing community and to provide a unique, transformational
experience to fellows. For more info, please visit website.
Unite for Sight is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization providing international
medical opportunities to help restore eyesight and prevent blindness in
African, Asian, and Latin American countries. All persons over the age
of 18 are welcome to apply, including premedical students, medical students,
public health professionals, doctors, corporate professionals, nurses,
graduate students, retired professionals, and others. Short and Long Term
volunteer opportunities for physicians are available as well. Contact
for application and details.