Wayne State University School of Medicine students have the opportunity to travel and study abroad. Students travel to a variety of countries and participate in patient care delivery, health education and outreach and health care systems education.
International Clinical Experience
Goals and Objectives
- To gain knowledge of diseases that are uncommon in the United States
- To observe and develop existing clinical skills
- To broaden public health knowledge
- To develop creativity in problem-solving
- To deepen commitment to providing high quality medical services
- To provide opportunities to explore alternate career possibilities
- To gain experience in aspects of medicine beyond the core curriculum
- To understand the relationship between medicine and society in another culture
- To understand different health care systems
- To develop an opportunity for research in international health and education
Students describe the International Clinical experience as a significant, expansive experience and report increased cultural competency and heightened clarity about career goals.
We recommend you start planning early and make a schedule of deadlines as some Universities require 12 months advance notice. A lot of things need to come together in order to participate in an international health elective and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with paperwork. Consider the deadlines for:
- WSU SOM applications
- Overseas placement applications
- Financial aid applications
- Letters of recommendation
- Proper immunizations
After completing the below Guidelines to Choosing a Program, please contact Dr. Chih Chuang for approval at 313.577.3019 or email@example.com
The administration of Wayne State University School of Medicine has the ultimate decision making authority to cancel or modify any and all international clinical experiences.
Guidelines to Choosing a Program
Wayne State University School of Medicine has a Memorandum of Understanding with these Universities:
- Technion Institute of Technology – Rambam Medical Center in Haifi, Israel
- Christian Medical College in Vellore, India
- University of Santo Tomas in Manila, the Philippines
We are in the process of vetting several Universities around the world to establish academically sound, well organized and safe bilateral exchanges.
In addition, we have joined the Association of American Medical College’s Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) program.
When evaluating international clinical experiences, determine the expected quality of the experience, identify a dependable contact person and a preceptor with a passion for education and service.
Meet with the Director of Global Health and Education and identify a faculty mentor who has had international health experience for guidance. Priority will be given to electives that are well organized with a good track record.
Also review the Office of Global Health and Education’s International Experiences Handbook
Review these resources to assist in identifying an International Experience:
- Association of American Medical Colleges – Global Health Learning Opportunities
- American Medical Student Association – International Health Opportunities
- International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations – IFMSA
- American Medical Association (Login/ Account required) – Search for Medical Student International Health Opportunities
- International Experiences offered through US medical schools
- Your level of cultural and language proficiency
- The period of time you have available (No student’s will be approved for International Experiences during Match Week)
- February and April are the months for International Electives
- Housing needs and financial resources at your disposal
- Verify elective fulfills criteria for academic credit – see Criteria for Academic Credit
- Funding options (loans, scholarships, grants)
- Immunization requirements, travel notices, and destination information – Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Travelers’ Health
- Entry/Exit Requirements for U.S. Citizens, travel warnings – U.S. Department of State – International Travel
- Schedule appointment with travel clinic – University Pharmacy operates a full-service travel clinic, offering immunizations, location information, travel kits, and skin/clothing protection, also check with your health insurance carrier for benefits coverage. Health Departments and Travel Clinics
- Visa application if necessary
- Application for new or renewal of Passport if necessary – U.S. Department of State – Passports
- Travel health insurance is required – Main campus has an option for travel health insurance which and be accessed here at: WSU: Study Abroad & Global Programs. Travel Guard is an option for purchasing travel insurance and travel health insurance. The School’s liability insurance provides emergency assistance through Travel Aid that all students are provided.
After completing the below Guidelines to Choosing a Program, please contact Dr. Chih Chuang for approval at 313.577.3019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Academic Credit
The following criteria must be met for an international elective to be eligible for academic credit by the department at Wayne State University School of Medicine:
- The preceptor is board certified by the specialty board in which the elective is being offered or its equivalent.
- The preceptor spends the majority of his/her time in the specialty which is being offered as an elective and supervises you in all clinical activities.
- The preceptor must provide the University their curriculum vitae (CV).
- The elective course must be described in detail with at least three (3) stated objectives.
- International electives are to be done in university hospitals or clinics.
After completing Steps 1-5, meet with Dr. Chih Chuang email@example.com. The process may take several months to complete so make sure to start early.
IMPORTANT: Once a program and a preceptor are identified, we much receive communication from them addressing the following:
- Potential risks to student health and safety
- The availability of emergency care
- The possibility of natural disasters, political instability, and exposure to disease and an action plan if these were to occur
- A reciprocal statement of ethics: Our students will respect the ethical code of the international institution and our students will not be asked to perform any activities that may violate Wayne State University’s ethical code
Academic credit may be granted for Public Health Independent Study Programs and will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Director of Global Health and Education.
Finally, for Dr. Chuang to grant academic credit for the international elective, every student must complete an evaluation form and meet with him upon return.
International Mission Trips
WHSO Mission Trip Information
The World Health Student Organization at Wayne State University School of Medicine is comprised of medical students whose mission is to gain rich medical and cultural experiences outside of their immediate communities. It is our organization’s goal to provide the highest standard of medical care at no cost to underserved populations around the world. We aim to teach students clinical knowledge, facilitate collaboration with peers and other medical professionals, and encourage engagement in dynamic learning environments. We also serve our community by volunteering at local outreach projects and teaching our fellow students about global health through the organization of speaking engagements and seminars.
During your four years at Wayne State University School of Medicine, you will become intimately involved with Detroit and it’s hospitals. Get even more involved with the city you serve by participating in various community service projects. To learn more about specific WHSO activities, visit the events page.
One of the biggest endeavors undertaken every year is to send students on medical relief missions over spring break. This is their chance to acquire a better understanding of health care needs of developing nations and to get exposed to clinical settings not routinely found in the United States. For the 2015-2016 school year, we will be sending students to Ecuador, Haiti, and Nicaragua. In an effort to provide sustainable care, we will be sending multiple trips to the same locations in Haiti and Ecuador . We hope our efforts will translate into longitudinal medical care over the upcoming years.
Please visit the The World Health Student Organization at Wayne State University School of Medicine website and select Trips from the top menu to see the most current Trip locations and information.
Those students who do participate in a medical relief mission fundraise throughout the year to raise money and supplies so that the trip may be a successful one. If you are interested in donating funds, medications, or medical supplies to WHSO, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Donations page. The organization and our patients are grateful for any help you offer!
WHSO Mission Trip Forms
Checklist For WHSO Student Travel
Checklist for WHSO Faculty Travel
Checklist For WHSO Trip Coordinator
Release of Vaccination Record
Emergency Contact Information
Agreement of Review of Location Specific Advisories
Proper Conduct Agreement
Waiver and Release Agreement
Student Emergency Treatment Form