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Course Requirements

International Electives


 

The University of Colorado uses Studio Abroad® to manage activities and requirements related to student education experiences outside the United States. All required documents and documentation for your elective will be submitted and tracked through Studio Abroad®.

International SOS® is the company which the University of Colorado uses to provide assistance for students, faculty and staff traveling outside the US on University related activities. You are required to create an account and register in International SOS®.

Forms to document your language course hours (FMMD 6410 and  FMMD 8411) and to evaluate your clinical performance must be arranged prior to your departure from the US, through the Course Coordinator .

You will provide a presentation about your experience during Successful International Experiences - Session Three (see below).

You will be provided with the link to complete an evaluation of your experience within 2 weeks of the completion of your elective.

 

 

Successful International Experiences Sessions

Sessions Objectives - through these sessions students will:

    1. Develop educational goals and objectives for a successful international experience;
    2. Know the educational requirements for a family medicine international elective;
    3. Demonstrate educational preparation which addresses fulfillment of Department, University and international site requirements;
    4. Demonstrate personal preparation which addresses health and safety;
    5. Demonstrate cultural preparation;
    6. Develop goals and objectives for professional development;
    7. Develop goals and objectives for personal development;
    8. Know medical liability limitations;
    9. Discuss the successes, failures, facilitators and barriers of their international experience;
    10. Discuss their international experience and the personal and professional impact.

 

Timeframe:

Successful International Experiences consists of three, 1.5 hour sessions designed to address the preparation and debriefing necessary for an international experience which will have positive educational, professional and personal results.

 

Expectations:

The Department of Family Medicine and the student share the responsibility for a successful international experience.  Each student is expected to complete pre and post session activities designed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the face-to-face sessions, and guide them in fulfilling the requirements of the elective.  Resources, references and contacts are provided to support the pre-post activities, the Sessions and the international experience.

 

Family Medicine International Electives - General Goals and Objectives 

Goal 1:    Develop family medicine knowledge, skills and attitudes which enhance one’s ability to provide competent and compassionate care in international settings. 

   Objective 1.1:   Demonstrate the application of new knowledge within the specialty of family medicine which is pertinent to the country and community of the International Elective.

   Objective 1.2:   Demonstrate new skills within the specialty of family medicine which are pertinent to the country and community of the International Elective.

   Objective 1.3:   Demonstrate new attitudes within the specialty of family medicine which are pertinent to the country and community of the International Elective.

   Objective 1.4:   Demonstrate compassionate family medicine care which is culturally appropriate in the country and community of the International Elective.

 

Goal 2:   Learn about the practice of family medicine outside the United States.

  Objective 2.1:    Describe the practice of family medicine in the country of the International Elective

  Objective 2.2:    Contrast the practice of family medicine in the country of the International Elective with the practice of family medicine in the United States.

 

Goal 3:   Develop and refine personal and professional goals in international healthcare.

  Objective 3.1:    Define personal goals in international healthcare.

  Objective 3.2:    Define professional goals in international healthcare

  Objective 3.3:    Revise one’s personal goals in international healthcare based on this international experience.

  Objective 3.4:    Revise one’s professional goals in international healthcare based on this international experience.

 

Successful International Experiences - Session 1

Session One focuses on Session Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 4 (see Overview Tab).  Interactive discussion and small group activities are used for students to learn requirements, begin preparations, and develop individual education goals and objectives for their international experiences.  Health and safety are addressed through interactive discussion and a checklist activity.

Specific Topics:

    1. Developing and achieving educational goals and objectives
    2. Requirements for family medicine international electives
    3. Pre-​​trip health and safety preparation – Passports, visas, shots, prophylaxis and water
    4. Maintaining health and safety outside the US – Prophylaxis, prevention and water

 

Successful International Experiences - Session 2

Session Two addresses Objectives 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 (see Overview Tab).  Cultural awareness, potential cultural disasters and medical liability are discussed through case scenarios.  Interactive discussion and small group activities are used for students to finalize preparations and develop professional and personal goals and objectives.

Specific Topics:

    1. Culture – awareness and avoiding disaster
    2. Medical liability outside the US
    3. Expecting the unexpected
    4. Developing and achieving professional and personal goals and objectives

 

 

Successful International Experiences - Session 3

Session Three is a debriefing session which focuses on Objectives 9 and 10 (see Overview Tab).  Students discuss and present their international experiences with a focus on what went well, what did not go well and the impact of the experience educationally, professionally and personally. 

 

FM International Elective Presentation - Instructions

Your presentation is intended to provide you with an opportunity to educate other health professionals, synthesize your experience, and encourage others to pursue international medical education experiences.  It may occur as an FMIG- or SGH-sponsored session.

Presentation Outline (30 minutes)

    1. Goals and objectives
    2. Logistics – preparation, design of the elective, travel, lodging, food
    3. Experience details – clinical, language study
    4. Culture
    5. Fun
    6. Successes, failures, facilitators, barriers
    7. Whether goals and objectives were achieved
    8. Impact – educational, professional, personal
    9. Recommendations for future students
    10. Questions and answers