Traditional Electives

Diversify your clinical experiences and travel the world

Traditional Electives

A list of in-person elective programs for International Medical Students

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Harvard Medical School Virtual Elective

Exchange Clerkship Program

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Learn more about this Medical Journalism opportunity here and here

columbia university SOM Virtual Elective

Visiting International Students Program

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*Only allow accredited institutes

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Case western reserve University Medical School

Case Western Reserve-University Hospital

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*Contact the med student office ([email protected]) if your school is not LCME or COCA accredited

yale school of medicine virtual elective

Visiting International Student Program

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Electives Application Tool

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AAMC Electives Compendium Tool

It includes contact information of school's electives office and general admission requirements for visiting students

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At a Glance

Growing Need and Importance of Virtual Experiences*


Zoom Visits


Telehealth Demand


Telehealth Initiatives


Telehealth Courses

*Numbers are an approximate estimate from various sources

What Physicians and Medical Students Say About Virtual Electives

Engaging with the media reaps educational benefits for physicians as well. I do not plan to become a health journalist, but I am struck by how much I learned during my media immersion. I have a greater understanding of how health news is made, and I am more credible when I counsel patients who have questions about health topics they read online or saw on TV.

As a future forensic pathologist, I will be responsible for rendering diagnoses to clinical colleagues. I will also be called upon to speak with deceased patients’ family members, knowing that the information I provide may help them heal. That’s why honing my communication skills so that I can share important medical information in a manner that everyone can easily comprehend is so important to me.

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