The University of Colorado Denver
School of Medicine (UCD SOM) Graduate Medical Education (GME) is committed to
providing residents 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.
Rotation educational experiences are defined as those educational
specifically required by ACGME program requirements; and
outside the United States.
Residency Rotations must be approved by:
Carol Rumack, Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education or designee
Early and timely applications and thorough
preparation are essential to a successful experience
9 months in prior to departure:
- Secure Program
whether or not the destination country is on the U.S. State Department’s Warning
university automatically suspends resident travel to countries with an
active travel warning, but the suspension may be appealed. Learn
more about the appeal process and locate the Travel Appeal form on the Office of Global Education website. Direct
questions to the International Risk Management Committee Chair, Alana
- With assistance
from the Program Coordinator, begin processing the Institutional Program Letter
of Agreement between the residency or fellowship program and the overseas site
of practice. Supporting documents
include the Site Directors CV written in English.
- If the rotation
will include human subjects research, secure COMIRB approval.
- Verify that your
passport will be valid more than 6 months beyond the conclusion of the
international rotation and your anticipated date of departure from the
host country. If it will expire before then, apply for a new
6 months prior to departure:
a visa application for travel to the host country, if applicable. Please
note that in many instances, the work Medical Residents do abroad will violate
the provisions of a tourist visa. Visit the U.S. State Department travel website
for country-specific visa information.
a Travel Medicine Consultation for pre-travel vaccines, medications, and
malaria prophylaxis (if applicable). Pre-travel consultations,
vaccinations, and prophylactic medications are not covered by the CU GME
Health/Dental Benefits Plan and are therefore the responsibility of the
resident. The resident may elect to use any appropriate Travel
Clinic. We recommend checking the CDC website for country-specific information, but
do not recommend self-treatment. Two conveniently located services are the
Travel Clinic at Denver Health
(P: 303-602-3520) and TEAM Clinic at University Hospital
located on the 7th Floor Outpatient Pavilion (P: 720-848-0191).
Your university malpractice insurance
does not cover you during your international rotation. Check with the international
rotation site/agency to find out if they cover your malpractice insurance while
you are on the rotation or if they have recommended coverage that you must
purchase. If necessary, purchase malpractice insurance for the duration of
your rotation from an outside carrier as you would for external moonlighting.
One to Three Months Prior to Travel:
the insurance and assistance information on the University Risk
Management website about International Travel
to determine whether additional insurance is indicated for your travel.
travel arrangements have been made, register with International SOS’s MyTrips
program and the U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
(STEP). Instructions for MyTrips
registration and a copy of the International SOS membership card are
contained within the online GME International Resident Application.
the Office of Regulatory Compliance to
ensure compliance with any export control regulations prior to departure.
Immediately Prior to Departure:
Program Director of any Program Changes.
State Department Travel Advisories and Warnings and with International
your emergency contact information in your online application.
all personal contact information both abroad and domestic, and share with
Program Director, family/spouse/friend, and overseas program director.
the U.S. State Department Travel Site for more information about
international travel and travel to host country: www.travel.state.gov.
that your destination country does not have a current U.S. State Department
Travel Warning. Check travel warnings: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.
The University of Colorado Denver automatically suspends resident and
fellow travel to countries with a Travel Warning. Residents may appeal
the suspension by completing a Travel Appeal. Learn more here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/internationalprograms/oia/globaleducation/safety/alerts/Pages/default.aspx.
an International Travel Workshop. These sessions are conducted by the
Office of Global Education and are held on the Anschutz campus once per
month. They cover the application for international travel as well as
common health and safety risks encountered abroad. It includes
information about international health insurance and other resources.
While not mandatory for residents, attendance is recommended. Contact email@example.com
for the dates of upcoming sessions.
Denver has purchased international health and evacuation insurance for
all university employees, including residents, traveling internationally for
university-related purposes. The plan includes medical coverage abroad as
well as medical, political, and natural disaster evacuation coverage.
Learn more and register at http://www.geo-blue.com,
Group Access Code – QHG99999UCBT.
University of Colorado subscribes to International SOS, an international emergency
assistance provider. Their password secured website includes valuable,
country-specific information about security, health, legal and travel
issues. ISOS can organize a wide range of international emergency
services, many for a fee. University international travelers are required
to register their travel details with International SOS before leaving
the country. Instructions for registration and a copy of the
International SOS membership card are contained within the online GME
International Resident Application.
departure, make note of local emergency numbers, U.S. Embassy or local U.S.
Consulate, International SOS, GeoBlue health insurance, host institution
contacts, etc. Emergency Contact information for the university can be
found here: http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/internationalprograms/oia/globaleducation/safety/emergency/Pages/default.aspx.
Program Director Info
Program Director must confirm the following:
must be in good standing at the time of the request.
must not be in the first year nor final three months of training.
must be on track to complete all program/RRC requirements (i.e. case
logs, educational time, etc.) without extending the length of the
residency due to international elective.
residency rotation, including travel time, will not exceed two months per
has taken no more than two international residency rotations during the
residency rotation is in compliance with all program requirements,
including Common Program Requirements and does not conflict with
applicable Board eligibility requirements.
of international residency rotation will not result in a failure to meet
contractual resident staffing agreements with participating hospitals.
of evaluation from international residency rotation Site Director who
supervised the resident.
produces either a written report or PowerPoint presentation on
international residency rotation experience.
information or questions about the program, or for issues related to GME,
program and eligibility, contact:
Ashley Walter, Director of Administration and Finance
For issues related to GME, program and eligibility, etc.
related to the online application system, international travel resources
International Affairs/ Global Education
Catherine Bogle, Senior Study Abroad Coordinator; Anschutz contact