The Division of Community Engagement

Application Process for GH Field Stations


The Global Health Field Station application and registration process follows the U of A’s MD Program
Electives Policy, Booking and Confirming Electives Procedure, the process outlined by the Undergrad Medical Education Office for students and the Postgraduate Medical Education Office for Residents.  The Global Health Office highly recommends that students and residents read through these policies to ensure they are familiar with the policies and procedures for registering their elective.

The first step in applying for a field station is to complete an Expression of Interest form.  Students in first year complete the Shadow Elective Expression of Interest Form which can be found here and students who will be or have completed their second year complete the Clinical Elective Expression of Interest Form which can be found here Global Health Field Station elective applications open on September 1 and close January 31. Applications for medical students can be found here and the checklist can be found here.  Residents can find their application form here.

Residents are required to get permission from the Office of Postgraduate Medical Education and from their Program Directors a minimum of 6 months prior to the planned start of the elective.

Note:  learners are encouraged to take an overseas elective that is a minimum of 4 weeks in length.  Learners choosing to take an elective less that 4 weeks will not be considered for the Global Health bursary (NB:  Residents are not eligible for the GH bursary).  There are new requirements and restrictions for clinical electives for medical students.  Please see the MD Program Elective Policies

International electives are not holiday trips. Students must be prepared to work during their time abroad. Students will develop goals and objectives to guide their elective and determine the expectations of their local preceptor(s) when they arrive. The overseas preceptor is required to complete an evaluation of the student after the elective has been completed.  A less than satisfactory rating results in a loss of credit for the elective. For medical students, clinical electives in Low or Middle Income Countries (LMIC) should be considered more as shadowing experiences than hands-on clinical rotations. Unless you speak the local language(s), the involvement in history-taking and physical examinations is limited. While medical education in many of the countries in which our Field Stations are located is in English, ward rounds are often in the local language as well. There are many benefits of a global health elective beyond hands-on clinical work-- go to the GH webpage Benefits of Field Station Electives for more information.