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International Electives Information


Medical students are increasingly interested in participating in medical experiences outside of the United States.  Although very beneficial to their education, there are added risks to these experiences, which means that there is a more detailed process for approval and receiving credit for these courses.

There are a limited number of courses that students can enroll in to receive credit from the University of Colorado School of Medicine for international experiences.  If a student’s proposed international experience does not clearly fall into one of these courses, they will not receive credit and the experience will be considered on their own time as if they were on vacation.   
  

1st and 2nd​ year electives that allow for international experiences

  1. IDPT 6668 – Global Health Study Abroad (only open to global health track students)
  2. IDPT 6673 – CU-UNITE Spanish Immersion
  3. EMED 6630 – Emergency Medicine in South Africa
       

4th yea​r electives that allow for international experiences

  1. IDPT 8015 – Global Health Intl Project (only open to global health track students)
  2. IDPT 8021 – Costa Rica Spanish Immersion
  3. FMMD 8400 – International Family Medicine
  4. FMMD 8411 – Foreign Language Immersion
      

Expectations for Course Directors of International Electives

  1. Appropriately vet the proposed international experience to assure that the student has appropriate clinical supervision and is performing activities commensurate with their ability. (See Form C for more details on the questions that must be reviewed)
  2. Assure that the student completes the application with the University of Colorado Office of Global Education.
  3. Assure that the student completed the online module in Canvas.
  4. Assure that the student is assessed during the rotation and that the evaluation is appropriately turned in to the Office of Evaluation and to the International Elective Coordinator.
  5. Assure that the student completes the course evaluation and that the evaluation is appropriately turned in to the Office of Evaluation and to the International Elective Coordinator.
      

Expectations of Students planning to receive credit for International Elective

  1. Meet all required deadlines for turning in information about the elective experience.  Not meeting deadlines will be a reason to deny credit for the course.
  2. Complete the application with University of Colorado Office of Global Education.
  3. Complete the online module in Canvas.
  4. ​Assure that mentors/supervisors complete the student assessment form of the student’s performance.
  5. Evaluate the course after the experience​​​.
      
International Electives Coordinator
Contact the International Electives Coordinator to let her know that you are planning on completing an international elective.  She is a resource to guide you through the process and assure that everything is completed in a timely fashion:
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International Electives Coordinator
Madiha Abdel-Maksoud, MD, PhD, MSPH

 
Resources
​State Department Travel Advisories​
  • No travel will be allowed to countries for which there is an active travel warning. The US Department State list of travel warnings can be found here: Alerts & Warnings