Monday, March 19, 2018
Global Health at IUSM

Global Health at IU School of Medicine


            The Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) offers a wide array of global health opportunities for students at all levels of training. In their first year, students can participate in either the Global Health or Medical Spanish small group discussion component of their Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. Between first and second year, students may travel on IUSM sponsored international trips to Kenya (Slemenda Scholars Program), Honduras (Honduras Language and Cultural Immersion Program), or even structure their own international experience from a catalog of experiences that IUSM students have done in the past. First and second year students also have the opportunity to participate in a short term international medical trip through the Alternative Spring Break Honduras project.

           Through a partnership with the Eck Institute of Global Health at the University of Notre Dame, IUSM is now able to offer a five-year combined dual degree program with an MD from IUSM and a Masters of Science in Global Health from UND. The Global Health degree coursework is completed during a 12-month leave of absence from third-year clerkships.

            The international experiences offered in the clinical years at IUSM are truly outstanding. IUSM has a 20-year history of sending medical students, residents, and faculty to Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya where they work side-by-side Kenyan medical students and staff. Unlike many other international electives, the IU Kenya program has IU faculty on the ground 365 days a year to help maximize the educational opportunities for students. Third and fourth year students may also travel to IUSM partner sites in Honduras, Mexico, and China for 1-2 months on international medical electives. Finally, students are welcome to arrange their own international elective experience nearly anywhere in the world, under the guidance of the “Healthcare in the 3rd World” elective faculty director.

Students at all levels of training may also attend the many lunch talks and advocacy events hosted by the Global Health Student Interest Group, Medical Spanish Group, and other medical student-led organizations. These medical students may also have the opportunity to participate in events hosted by the new IUSM Global Health Residency Track for residents in six disciplines: medicine, med/peds, ob/gyn, surgery, family medicine, and pediatrics. For more information about the many global health opportunities at IUSM, please check out the links below:



El Salvador Language and Cultural Immersion Summer Program


ENLACE Third Year Family Medicine Clerkship in Honduras -on hold


Alternative Spring Break – Honduras- on hold

Student and Resident International Electives at IUSM

Combined dual degree MD/MS in Global Health Program    

(financial aid info)


Global Health Student Interest Group


IU Global Health Residency Track


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