MED 870 International Health, 4 credits

Students interested in overseas work in developing countries during their fourth year should begin planning their experience no later than the beginning of the third year. The Division of Geographic Medicine has contacts in Africa, Asia, and South America, which students should discuss with the staff. Many other opportunities exist. In order to obtain credit for this elective, students must plan their program with the University at Buffalo staff. Correspondence between supervisory staff at the field site and the faculty of the Division of Geographic Medicine, including evaluation of the student’s performance, is mandatory.

Field sites should offer the following: (1) supervision by physicians medically qualified or approved by the country; (2) stable patient care base (outpatient clinic, hospital, mobile outpatient unit); (3) adequate subsistence, safety, and housing.

Students will be expected to keep a log of their clinical activities and to present their experience to students.

** NOTE - If you plan to take an alternate course/program, you must send a course description including work schedule and expectations, contact information, website and any other applicable information; and it is subject to departmental approval.

Prerequisites: MS4

Modules: A-K, by special arrangement with faculty preceptor

Number of students: Unlimited

Course Director: David Holmes, MD

Course Coordinator: Anna Alvarado Marwin