International Medical Education Program (IMEP)

Please note: The processes for UMMS medical students to obtain approval for proposed international experiences is currently being revised. A key step in the approval process is submitting required information to the International Medical Education Program (IMEP) at least three months prior to the proposed experience. Please see additional information at Required Travel Forms and return to this web page frequently for updates.

Students from the UMass Medical School (UMMS) have opportunities to benefit from global health experiences in settings outside the United States throughout their time of enrollment. Global health experiences include opportunities in clinical medicine, research, public health, community service, as well as cultural and language training. Specific opportunities within the IMEP include service learning in the FOM1 year, Flexible Clinical Experiences (FCE) in the CCE year, and advanced studies electives.

Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathway (GHP) is an elective, four-year program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) that trains and supports medical students to be future leaders and providers in global health. The GHP selects medical students through an application process at the start of their medical school training and provides them with longitudinal curriculum and opportunities to gain experience in clinical, research, public health and cultural experiences with underserved populations in two major categories: those currently living outside of the U.S. or those that are living inside the U.S. with recent international origins, such as immigrant or refugee populations.

Global Health Topics In Action (Optional Enrichment Elective)

The Global Health Topics In Action is a student-led elective that introduces students to current topics in global health through a series of guest speakers and activities. Although the elective is targeted toward medical students and most attendees have historically been first and second year medical students, it is open to all members of the UMMS community, including medical, nursing and graduate students, residents and faculty members. Speaker sessions typically are held on weekday evenings.

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Approval Process for Proposed International Experiences:

All UMMS medical students considering international travel as a part of an approved experience mus request approval fromt he International Medical Education Program (IMEP).

A key step in the process is submitting required information to IMEP at least 3 months in advance of proposed travel to a Partner Site, and at least 4 months in advance of proposed travel to any other site. Additional information about international experiences for UMMS medical students can be found in the document titled, Guidelines for International Experienceswhich can be found within the web page for Required Travel Forms.

UMMS medical students, faculty and staff can contact IMEP (via email at with any questions.

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Contact Information

Information for international students visiting UMMS:
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