The Value of International Elective Programs for Medical Institutions
Linda A. Gwinn and Irma M. Frank
American Association of Medical Colleges
In this issue of Clinical Connections, you will find detailed information about the global health opportunities available to AUC students. The benefits of international experience are vast and chronicled in a 2015 article published by the American Association of Medical Colleges. Students who choose to study abroad gain exposure to different cultures, languages and medical practices while understanding the context for many of the world’s pressing healthcare challenges. As the authors note, “the value to students who receive global health training is profound.”
For students considering an abroad elective, this article provides sound advice on how to prepare for such travels and how to allow an experience to shape a future career in medicine.