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Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotation

The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine (CU Denver SOM) Graduate Medical Education (GME) is committed to providing Residents/Fellows with an educational program that offers them a personal program of learning and broad education in the science and art of medicine. Recognizing that some educational experiences are more valuable in a community of an international location, this policy is adopted concerning those experiences. As there must be full consideration of the quality of the rotation, including goals, objections and supervision; the educational necessity of the rotation; the accreditation implications; and the financial implications of the rotation, the following procedures must be followed.​​​​​​​​​

Overview and Definition

Overview and Definition

Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotation educational experiences are defined as those educational experiences:

  1. Not specifically required by ACGME program requirements; and
  2. Occurring outside the United States.

Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotation must be approved by:

  1. Program Director
  2. Dr. Carol Rumack, Director, Graduate Medical Education
Application Timeline

Application Timeline

Early and timely applications and preparation is essential to a successful experience

9 Months Prior to Departure:
6 Months Prior to Departure:
One to Three Months Prior to Departure:
Within Two Weeks Prior to Departure:
International Travel Risk Management

International Travel Risk Management

State Department Travel Information:

Travel Warning/Travel Health Warning/Sanctioned Nation Appeal Process:

  • Check to see if the country you wish to visit is on one of the official notices.
  • If the country is on the Warning List, then an appeal must be completed.

Schedule Participation in International Travel Workshop:

  • These required sessions are conducted by the Office of Global Education at the AMC Campus. If attendance is not possible, contact:

International Health Evacuation Insurance is Mandatory:

  • The University has negotiated a very good international health insurance policy through HTH Worldwide that includes emergency medical evacuation. Additionally, it includes emergency evacuation assistance for extreme Political/Security situations and Natural Disasters. For people associated with the University on an education related program, the current fee for this insurance is $45.05 per 30 days (under 49 years of age).
    • Brochure with information regarding International Insurance Coverage
    • To enroll please fill out the Enrollment Form.

Emergency Assistance Provider:

  • The University of Colorado Denver subscribes to International SOS, an international assistance provider. Their password secured website includes very valuable, country specific information about security, health, legal and travel issues. I SOS also will organize a wide range of international emergency services, many for a fee. International travelers are required to register with International SOS before leaving the country. The I SOS card and more information is available in the on-line Application.

Emergency Contact information:

  • Before departure, make note of local emergency numbers, US Embassy or local US Consulate, International SOS, and the host, etc.


GME Program Director Info & Requirements

GME Program Director Information and Requirements

Program Director must confirm the following:

  1. Resident/Fellow must be in good standing at the time of the request
  2. Resident/Fellow must not be in the first year nor final 3 months of training
  3. Resident/Fellow on track to complete all program/RFIMR requirements (i.e. case logs, educational time, etc) without extending the length of the residency due to international elective
  4. Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotation, including travel time, will not exceed two months per rotation
  5. Resident/Fellow has taken no more than 2 Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotations during the entire residency
  6. Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotation is in compliance with all program requirements, including Common Program Requirements and do not conflict with applicable Board eligibility requirements
  7. Granting of Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotation will not result in a failure to meet contractual resident staffing agreements with participating hospitals.
  8. Receipt of evaluation from Residents/Fellows International Medical Rotation Site Director who supervised the resident
  9. Resident/Fellow produces either a written report or PowerPoint presentation on international residency rotation experience
Contact Information

Contact Information

For more information or questions about the program, you may contact:

  1. Graduate Medical Education
    Alicia Christensen, Director of Administration and Finance
    • For issues related to GME, program and eligibility, etc.
  2. Office of International Affairs/ Global Education
    John Sunnygard, Director Global Education
    • For issues related to on-line Application system, International Travel Risk management, International Health Insurance, etc.

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