Typically “no”. The Global Health Immersion Experience is an intensive six to eight week experience between 1st and 2nd year of medical school that is a key piece of the GHP. If a 1st year student knows that they do not want to spend at least six weeks on a Global Health Immersion Experience, then they typically should not apply to the GHP.
Students interested in applying to the GHP should keep in mind that the Global Health Immersion Experience can be done either inside the U.S, or outside the U.S. However, regardless of the location, a minimum of six weeks is required in order to ensure a high-quality, in-depth experience.
Students that have specific projects in mind for a Global Health Immersion Experience that would occur in two locations can apply to the GHP, but they should explain their proposed project and rationale in their application. For example, if a student wants to travel to Asia to work with a health organization that operates a clinic in Asia for 4 weeks, and then complete the project at the organization’s headquarters in New York, then a project such as this could be granted an exception, and the student should explain their proposed project on their application to the GHP.