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A word to clinical students
Every opportunity in this handbook applies to the clinical years, except those indicated as "not appropriate for rotations". You may go abroad for four months out of your fourth year, totaling two clinical and two non-clinical (research, public health, or language immersion) rotations. A first suggestion is to reference the time line - that will give you an idea of when to begin the process. Then think about where you want to go and what you want to do. International rotations offer unique opportunities such as working with patients who have illnesses rarely seen in the United States, viewing health care systems vastly different from our own, and experiencing different cultures for the purpose of broadening our own perspectives. There are many rotations in underdeveloped as well as developed countries, in every corner of the world. We receive new information every day. If you do not see the country or opportunity you are looking for in our lists, let us know, and we will help you research it. Good luck, and let us know what you pursue!
A word to preclinical students
To the best of our knowledge, all preclinical opportunities are noted with an asterisk (*). Some formal programs are available through our office ñ refer to section III. The Summer Research Fellowship Program is an excellent opportunity for pre-clinical students to propose and conduct research internationally. If you have a particular project you would like to propose, or if you would like to join a faculty member on his or her research, contact Dr. Godkin to start making arrangements. The Preclinical Intercultural Track is another opportunity; it is geared toward language and culture training and service. You have approximately nine weeks between your 1st and 2nd years of medical school and this can be an excellent time to travel, learn a language, or learn about illnesses that are rare in the United States. Some of the opportunities listed allow you to accomplish all of the above, so look at them closely and allow yourself to daydream a bit. Some of the deadlines are soon, or require preparation, or the organizations accept on a first-come, first-serve basis. Stop by Dr. Godkinís office to get more information or xerox an application. This list is not exhaustive; the more we research, the more potential opportunities arise, so let us know if you have a particular interest we can help you with. Good luck, and let us know what you end up doing.