Local and International Underserved Electives
Stritch School of Medicine M4 students in good academic standing are eligible for 4-8 weeks of credit through Local and International Underserved Electives supported by the CCGH. These electives DO NOT count toward a student's external elective credits, involve a formal process of application, and are of two types: Intramural and External.
To apply for a Local and International Underserved Elective:
- Attend the relevant information meeting offered by the CCGH during the Spring of M3 year;
- View the CCGH Course Catalog for a full list of offerings and descriptions;
- Select an elective that meets your elective goals and fits with your schedule;
- Submit an elective registration request in MyLUMEN.
All requests are reviewed by the CCGH and approved by Dr. Amy Blair. The deadline for intramural elective slot reservation is in July. A firm deadline of December 1 exists for all international elective applications, though certain sites may require submission of specific documents sooner, i.e. after July 1 but before December 1.
All international electives are graded according to the official grading system (Pass/Fail). A student's on-site supervisor provides written feedback on elective performance and successful completion of elective requirements, adding comments related to the student's skill development, professional attitude, demonstrated competencies, and any other criteria specified to be met during the elective. Final grades are determined by Dr. Amy Blair. Accepted students must pick up a paper grade evaluation from the CCGH prior to their departure and submit to the CCGH immediately upon return from the elective or risk not receiving a grade and graduating on time.
All students who are approved to participate in international electives are also required to participate in a mandatory orientation program held by the CCGH, typically in January. For students whose electives are earlier than January, the CCGH offers individualized predeparture orientation. All students are also required to complete a two- to three-hour online short course in advance of their CCGH orientation.
Funding for intramural electives and some external electives may be available in the form of reimbursement. Additional information regarding funding is made available to students upon enrollment in their intramural or external elective. The amounts awarded will vary based on the number of students participating in international electives in any given year and will not full cover the expense of the electives. Student must anticipate paying for a portion of their expenses.
Intramural Electives exist at health care sites with long-standing relationships with CCGH and other Loyola faculty. The electives are coordinated closely with the CCGH, with students being supervised by local attending physicians The following sites welcome students to join their communities and learn alongside local health practitioners over a 4-week rotation:
- Centro de Salud Susan Hou, Santa Cruz and Palacios, Bolivia (CSGH 403)
- Centro de Salud, Santa Clotilde, Iquitos, Peru (CSGH 406)
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana (CCGH 407)
- The First People’s Hospital of Changzhou, Changzhou, China (CCGH 411)
- US International Health Alliance, Peten, Guatemala (CCGH 402)
- Pham Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (CCGH 405)
External, or Individually Designed, Electives are local or international elective opportunities that do not have a formal affiliation or partnership with the CCGH. Students interested in enrolling in electives not in the CCGH Course Catalog, may apply for 4-8 weeks of elective credit through CCGH-499. Individually Designed Electives are approved by Dr. Amy Blair on a case-by-case basis.
To apply for an Individually Designed Elective:
- Plan early, allowing at least 6-month preparation time for approval, logistics planning, and agreements between institutions.
- Reflect on personal and professional goals for the elective and your career.
- Inform the CCGH with your elective interest.
- Find a site mentor/champion who will assist you in planning your clinical experience.
- Complete a CCGH-499 online application found in MyLUMEN no later than 3-months before the desired rotation start date.
Refer to "Planning Your Global Health Elective" on the University of Arizona website for a useful planning guide.
External Elective Examples
- Antigua, Guatemala
- Child Family Health International (CFHI)
- Health through Walls organization with SSOM alum, John May, MD
- Cermak Health of Cook County- contact CCGH@luc.edu to begin the application process.
- South Texas Environmental Education and Research (STEER)- Environmental Medicine/Border Health with a PH focus.
- Community for Children (CfC) - Community for Children: At the Border and Beyond is a signature program of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine in South Texas. It is designed to prepare future physicians to provide compassionate, effective leadership within community collaborations. Application is open to upper level medical students and residents. View the program flyer.
- Himalayan Health Exchange - Himalayan Health Exchange will organize the following medical & dental camps in the remote Trans - Himalayan regions of North India and Indo-Tibetan Borderlands.
- Indian Health Service at Gallup, New Mexico - Early planning is required for placement. Contact CCGH@luc.edu to begin the application process.
- Institute for International Medicine
- Nepal (Anesthesia)
- Santiago, Dominican Republic (ENT)
- University of Arizona Clinical and Community Care Course - Held in October