Field Stations

Annually in September, the Global Health Office offers lunchtime talks to first year students called "Planning for a Global Health Elective" to introduce them to Global Health international elective opportunities. If you missed the talk, please view the video below. You are welcome to email ghfomd@ualberta.ca with your questions.

Helpful information can also be found in the power point presentation "Global Health in Medical School" created by Connor Lengkeek, a medical student who went to Fudan University, Shanghai and Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Nepal. His presentation can be found here.

Students interested in global health electives may find the book Hoping to Help: The Promises and Pitfalls of Global Health Volunteering by Judith N. Lasker a helpful resource.

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.