FMD 890-V Cross-Cultural Medicine Elective (Virtual)

This virtual global health elective provides an efficient, effective and enjoyable way of diving into global health and learning a lot about this field of medicine in a short amount of time. Students will strengthen knowledge and understanding of global health and different cultures. The course includes online learning modules and weekly discussions with David M. Holmes, MD.

The majority of time on this elective will focus on working with Dr. Holmes to write a manuscript (review paper or case study) about a topic relating to global health, public health, cultural or spirituality and health. As this course is a virtual one, there is a lot of flexibility in terms of time and location. However, it’s also a lot of work and to receive course credit, you must fulfill the requirements of the course, which include submitting a quality manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal for publication. Therefore, it’s important to pace yourself well, so that you have the needed time to get this done. Getting your manuscript published is not a course requirement, but it is the goal.

For questions about this elective, contact Dr. Holmes at

Goals of the Course

  1. strengthen knowledge and understanding of global health, remote medicine, public health and different cultures
  2. become an expert in a particular topic that pertains to cross-cultural medicine or other related fields of medicine
  3. strengthen skills in doing a literature search and in writing a professional article
  4. write an article (review paper or case study) about a topic of your choosing and submit it to a peer-reviewed journal for publicatio

Prerequisite: MS3 or MS4

Modules: D & F (Fall), H & J (Spring)

Blocks: 2A & 2C (Fall), 3A & 3C (Spring)

No. of students: 4

Course Director: David M. Holmes, MD