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West Virginia University School of Medicine Global Health Program

Visited Locations (9)

Countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Brazil, China, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Italy, Oman, Paraguay

Months of Travel: February and April

Year Initiated: 1991

Total Yearly Outreach Participants: 30+

Matriculants per class: ~20-25

Medical School Involvement: M1, M2, M4

Other participating professional schools:

Pharmacy, Nursing, PT/OT, Dentistry, Public Health

Faculty and staffing:

Typically 2+ attendings split the rotation

Application process:

Apply for GHT in M1 year; apply for M4 elective if not in tract in M3 yea

Program elements:

Two pre-departure meetings, four weeks at international site (varied clinical settings: i.e. Guatemala rural mobile clinics with community health promotors; Ghana busy rural government hospital/clinic; Italy observing different levels of health services, etc)

Financial support:

Mostly private donations and profits from WVU Tropical Medicine course allow stipends/scholarships to cover part of students’ travel and then financial aid covers the rest

Faculty time allotted:

Individual faculty’s department specific regarding approved time off vs vacation needed

Administrative support:





NGO/In Country Partners

  • Friends of San Lucas Toliman
  • Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu