Global Health Elective Preparation

Medical College of Wisconsin

Global Health Elective Preparation

There are potential pitfalls associated with medical trainees travel to clinical arenas in which they are unfamiliar—diseases are different, the resources available for education and treatment are often limited, there are language and cultural barriers, and students face safety issues pertaining to travel and occupational exposures. In an effort to standardize the way all MCW trainees are prepared for short-term global health electives, key faculty leadership developed MCW specific curriculum for trainees’ preparation for global engagement, which includes the following:

  • A new D2L module Global Health Elective Preparation with open access to the MCW community
  • Guide for Global Engagement
  • An Emergency Card for Global Health Electives for the student to keep on them at all times during the international elective.
  • Two, 20 minute online courses with voiceover PowerPoint:

“What to Consider with International Travel
and Wellness”
(by Christopher Mol)

“Global Health Elective Preparation”
(by Drs. Jacquelyn Kuzminski and Nicole St Clair)

  • A 90 minute in-person interactive session entitled the Ethics of Doing Short Term Global Health Electives

Even while on a global health elective MCW is committed to creating and sustaining a safe learning and working environment that recognizes and values the dignity of all members of the MCW community. To further this commitment, MCW strictly prohibits domestic violence, dating violence, discrimination based on sex, sexual assault and stalking as stated in the Title IX Education Amendments of 1972 and the Violence Against Women Act.

Residents and Fellows

Residents and fellows must request approval to participate in an offsite elective rotation. Requests for approval of global rotations must be submitted prior to the start of the next academic year. If the rotation will occur in July, August or September, the required paperwork must be submitted to MCWAH three months prior to the date of the rotation. Additional information about the approval process for global rotations and required forms can be found at MCWAH Offsite Elective Rotations. The information provided ONLY applies to those in ACGME accredited programs or in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery residency.



Drs. Alicia Daggett and Maureen Gallagher providing nutrition education to pregnant women in Uganda.

Medical student with patients

Dr. Thomas Wallach meeting with patients in Nicaragua.

Contact Us

Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Global Health
Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine
Director of the Injury Research Center
at the Medical College of Wisconsin | (414) 805-6454

Tifany Frazer, MPH
Program Manager | (414) 955-4763

Claire Reuning, MA
Program Coordinator | (414) 955-5646

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