Electives

Finding an International Electives (UGME, Graduate Studies, PGME)

UGME

Requirements

If you are planning to do an International Elective (clinical or research) you must keep in mind the long time frame required to set up the elective.

NOTE: If you are a 4th year student and wish to do an international research elective, you must first complete and submit (to your Liaison Office Year 4) a research elective application form to obtain approval.

STEP 1:

After finding an International Elective, your elective must be pre-approved by the Medical Education Office and Global Health Office. The following forms must be completed:

  • Application Form for an International Elective and Release of Liability

  • You are required to provide as much information on where you are planning to do your elective (Country, Title of Elective, Supervisor's Name, Name & Address of Hospital, Dates of Elective, etc.).

  • You are required to investigate the intended location and provide your analysis of the risk factors that will be posed by the requested placement. Visit the link below to get information about country's risk factors- i.e. political instability, infectious diseases, crime, etc. The website address is that of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), which provides travel updates regarding health and safety around the world. The website address is: http://www.international.gc.ca/international/index.aspx?lang=eng.

  • We also ask that you identify your learning objectives.

  • You must be in good standing and your name should not appear on the Academic Concern List. Please see Student Guide for definition.

    The forms must be submitted to the Electives Coordinator at the Medical Education Office by email (elective@uottawa.ca) or in person in Room 2046 for approval at least 2 months prior to the start of the elective.

    Note: It is expected that all 4th year students will be in Canada and continental USA on CaRMS Match Day. That being said, electives abroad are not permitted during that period. This is to ensure the students' ability to be easily contacted and their ability to be able to urgently return to Ottawa should the need arise. Our concern lies in the event of an "unmatch" and timelines involved in the "unmatch" process that require less than 24 hours turnaround as we do get some "unmatch" surprises.

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STEP 2:

Once your application has been received and verified by the Medical Education Office, it will be forwarded to the Global Health Office.

The Global Health Office has been established to facilitate international/global health activities throughout the faculty. For medical students electives our goal is to try to ensure an educational experience that is enriching and safe for students as well as the host communities.

The Global Health Office will be in touch with you to confirm your international elective and to ensure that you have carried out the following:

Before your elective

  • Provide us with objectives reflecting your elective
  • Taking part in a Pre-departure Training (if applicable*)

After your elective

It is the student's responsibility to:

  • Have a Valid Passport
  • Obtain a Visa (if applicable)
  • Visit a Pre-travel Clinic
  • Have appropriate insurance (health, evacuation and malpractice, if applicable)

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Pre-Departure Training

If you are planning on applying to do an international elective this year than you will most likely need to take part in a mandatory pre-departure training course. The Office of Global Health provides a training session three times a year in order to prepare students for going abroad and engaging in international electives/placements.

(9am-4pm) RGN 2113

 

In Country and Post Elective Debriefing

In country
  • Please pay attention to and respond to emails from the International Office and the Office of Global Health
  • Be careful that you are working within level of competency (The other white coat syndrome)
  • Things may operate at a different speed
  • Need to gain trust and hopefully get involved with something sustainable
  • Take good care to NOT undermine what is working
  • Be careful of the foot print that you leave
  • Remember that you are always an ambassador for your school (Faculty of Medicine, U of Ottawa)
  • You can always contact the Office of Global Health
After return
  • Debriefing may be needed and it may be ongoing
  • Give yourself a chance to reacclimatize
  • Don't be too hard on those of us who were left at home / Don't be too hard on yourself or your efforts
  • Student Affairs, Student Wellness and the Office of Global Health are always available for support if required
  • Submit your reflective summary to the Office of Global Health

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Pre-Travel Clinics

Pre-travel

In general, if you are going to a low resource country where there are health and occupational health risks, you should plan to see a travel medicine provider 4-6 weeks before you leave.

  • See TM practitioner – In addition to the usual travel medicine pills and vaccines , you should discuss Post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Bring your own: PEP, N95 masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizer
  • Bring all the personal drugs/supplies you think that you will need
  • Gather information about destination
  • Read about your destination (Websites, Lonely Planet®) and talk to those who have gone before
  • Pre-travel checklist
  • Cultural sensitivity training
  • Make sure that all the red tape has been taken care of PRIOR to departure time - since time is precious!
  • Visas
  • Ethics approval
Pre-travel clinics

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Funding Opportunities

This fund will allow our medical students to have access to the student mobility scholarships offered by the International Office, and will help to defer individual student debt related to global health electives. The availability of these funds may open these international experiences to more students and help the University to build medical global citizens who will graduate better able to serve the needs of the multicultural Canadian population.

Scholarship Details

Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must:

  1. be registered full-time in the undergraduate medical program, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa;
  2. demonstrate an interest in global health;
  3. have applied and been approved for an international elective of a minimum of 2 weeks (70hrs) in a resource limited country;
  4. have completed the elective prior to graduation; and 
  5. be willing to participate in a presentation based on their elective experience, to be arranged by the Office of Global Health.

Note: Preference will be given to students showing long standing commitment to global health or working in areas with health disparity.

Value of the Award:

$1,000 *

Number of Awards: 20
Frequency of the Award: Annual, from 2013-2014 to 2017-2018
Level of the Award: Undergraduate
Application Contact: The Office of Global Health (globalhealth@uottawa.ca)
Application Deadline: September 30th 2016 (4th year students)
May 31st 2017 (1st and 2nd year students)

Note: An individual student can receive a maximum of two such awards during UGME depending on availability of funds and decisions by the awards committee. Funds will ONLY be available upon successful completion of the global health elective.

* Half of the awarding amount ($500 per student) will be provided by the Office of Global Health, and the other half ($500 per student) will be provided by the International Office as matching funds (student mobility scholarship).

Application Procedure

Application must be made to the Office of Global Health after approval of the planned elective through the Electives Office, and must include:

  1. A copy of your international elective application (the one you submit to the Electives Office) and the letter of approval (that you receive from the Office of Global Health via email) – NOTE:  pre-approval of an international elective must be done at least 2 months in advance.
  2. a curriculum vitae, including a description of the applicant's global health experiences and how this will enrich his/her medical education (max. 500 words)

Contact Desiree Miller-McCaughey at globalhealth@uottawa.ca if you have any questions or for more details.

You can also view a complete list of all scholarship that are offered to every student at the University of Ottawa by using the Online Scholarships and Bursaries engine.

Learning about Global Health

Preparing for a Global Health Elective/Experience

At the University of Ottawa

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Graduate Studies

Requirements

The Global Health Office has been established to facilitate international/global health activities throughout the faculty. For resident electives our goal is to try to ensure an educational experience that is enriching and safe for students as well as the host communities.

Before your elective

  • Taking part in a Pre-departure Training (if applicable*)

After your elective

It is the student's responsibility to:

  • Have a Valid Passport
  • Obtain a Visa (if applicable)
  • Visit a Pre-travel Clinic
  • Have appropriate insurance (health, evacuation and malpractice, if applicable)

Pre-departure Training

Students wishing to participate in an international elective in a low or middle resource setting and in a country that carries a warning of "Exercise high degree of caution" on the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website, it is encouraged that you register and attend one of the 3 pre-departure training sessions that the Office of Global Health offers every academic year.

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Policy

 

Pre-Departure Training

If you are planning on applying to do an international elective this year than you will most likely need to take part in a  pre-departure training course. The Office of Global Health provides a training session three times a year in order to prepare students and residents for going abroad and engaging in international electives/placements.

(9am-4pm) RGN 2113

 

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In Country & Post Elective Debriefing

In country

  • Please pay attention to and respond to emails from the International Office or from the Office of Global Health
  • Be careful that you are working within level of competency (The other white coat syndrome)
  • Things may operate at a different speed
  • Need to gain trust and hopefully get involved with something sustainable
  • Take good care to NOT undermine what is working
  • Be careful of the foot print that you leave
  • Remember that you are always an ambassador for your school and/or organization
  • You can always contact the Office of Global Health

After return

  • Debriefing may be needed and it may be ongoing
  • Give yourself a chance to reacclimatize
  • Don't be too hard on those of us who were left at home / Don't be too hard on yourself or your efforts
  • Student Affairs, Student Wellness and the Office of Global Health are always available for support if required
  • Submit your reflective summary to the Office of Global Health

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Pre-Travel Clinics

Pre-travel

In general, if you are going to a low resource country where there are health and occupational health risks, you should plan to see a travel medicine provider 4-6 weeks before you leave.

  • See TM practitioner – In addition to the usual travel medicine pills and vaccines , you should discuss Post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Bring your own: PEP, N95 masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizer
  • Bring all the personal drugs/supplies you think that you will need
  • Pre-travel checklist
  • Gather information about destination
  • Read about your destination (Websites, Lonely Planet®) and talk to those who have gone before
  • Cultural sensitivity training
  • Make sure that all the red tape has been taken care of PRIOR to departure time - since time is precious!
  • Visas
  • Ethics approval
Pre-travel clinics

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Funding Opportunities

to come...

Learning about Global Health

Preparing for a Global Health Elective/Experience

At the University of Ottawa

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PGME

Requirements

The Global Health Office has been established to facilitate international/global health activities throughout the faculty. For resident electives our goal is to try to ensure an educational experience that is enriching and safe for students as well as the host communities.
The Global Health Office will be in touch with you to confirm your international elective and to ensure that you have carried out the following:
Before your elective

  • Provide us with objectives reflecting your elective
  • Taking part in a Pre-departure Training (if applicable*)

After your elective

  • Debriefing session (if applicable)
  • Submit a summary/reflection based on your experience
  • Register your experience on www.actionglobalhealth.com

It is the resident's responsibility to:

  • Have a Valid Passport
  • Obtain a Visa (if applicable)
  • Visit a Pre-travel Clinic
  • Have appropriate insurance (health, evacuation and malpractice, if applicable)

Pre-departure Training

Residents wishing to participate in an international elective in a low or middle resource setting and in a country that carries a warning of "Exercise high degree of caution" on the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada website, it is mandatory that you register and attend one of the 3 pre-departure training sessions that the Office of Global Health offers every academic year.

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Policy

Pre-Departure Training

If you are planning on applying to do an international elective this year than you will most likely need to take part in a pre-departure training course. The Office of Global Health provides a training session three times a year in order to prepare students and residents for going abroad and engaging in international electives/placements.

(9am-4pm) RGN 2113

 

In Country and Post Elective Debriefing

In country

  • Please pay attention to and respond to emails from the International Office or from the Office of Global Health
  • Be careful that you are working within level of competency (The other white coat syndrome)
  • Things may operate at a different speed
  • Need to gain trust and hopefully get involved with something sustainable
  • Take good care to NOT undermine what is working
  • Be careful of the foot print that you leave
  • Remember that you are always an ambassador for your school and/or organization
  • You can always contact the Office of Global Health

After return

  • Debriefing may be needed and it may be ongoing
  • Give yourself a chance to reacclimatize
  • Don't be too hard on those of us who were left at home / Don't be too hard on yourself or your efforts
  • Student Affairs, Student Wellness and the Office of Global Health are always available for support if required
  • Submit your reflective summary to the Office of Global Health

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Pre-Travel Clinics

Pre-travel

In general, if you are going to a low resource country where there are health and occupational health risks, you should plan to see a travel medicine provider 4-6 weeks before you leave.

  • See TM practitioner – In addition to the usual travel medicine pills and vaccines , you should discuss Post-exposure prophylaxis
  • Bring your own: PEP, N95 masks, latex gloves, hand sanitizer
  • Bring all the personal drugs/supplies you think that you will need
  • Pre-travel checklist
  • Gather information about destination
  • Read about your destination (Websites, Lonely Planet®) and talk to those who have gone before
  • Cultural sensitivity training
  • Make sure that all the red tape has been taken care of PRIOR to departure time - since time is precious!
  • Visas
  • Ethics approval
Pre-travel clinics

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Funding Opportunities

to come...

Learning about Global Health

Preparing for a Global Health Elective/Experience

At the University of Ottawa

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