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UCSF-PUMC Student Exchange Program in Beijing, China (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.

Clinical Rotation at Beijing United Family Hospital (BJU) in Beijing, China
Deadline: Rolling
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 department. More>

Chinese Language Program in Taiwan
The Ministry of Education in Taiwan through the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in San Francisco
Deadline: March
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>

Acupuncture and TCM Elective in Beijing
China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center
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.

Volunteer Palliative Care at Hope Foster Home Special Care Unit in China
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 joyce@hopefosterhome.com.

Global Service Corps (GSC) Programs in Thailand
Deadline: Rolling
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>

International Health and Medical Education Program in Rural India
MediCiti/ICHHA
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 vyeldandi@reshealthcare.org or miidridirector@hotmail.com.

Himalayan Health Exchange International Health Expeditions
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 Singh (info@himalayanhealth.com), phone (404) 929-9399 for more information.  The application can be found on the website: www.himalayanhealth.com.

Volunteer HIV Prevention Work with Humsafar in Mumbai, India
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.

Summer Fellowships in India with MedicIndia
Deadline: March
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 International Opportunities
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 JStaple@uniteforsight.org or www.uniteforsight.org for application and details.

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