Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM), in conjunction with the University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS), offers a global health elective for fourth year medical students. The global health elective will include a clinical rotation at UGMS’s teaching hospital, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, in Ghana’s capital city of Accra. Clerkships are available in the following departments: Medicine, Microbiology, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Anesthesia, Chemical Pathology, Hematology, Pediatrics, Pathology, Surgery, Radiology, Psychiatry, and Community Health.
Students may elect to do a clinical elective during a 4-week block during the months of January through May (subject to availability of clinical slots). Rotations must be a minimum of four weeks, with an eight week option available for those wishing to do a research or public health project. Students wishing to do a clinical elective must be accepted for placement by applying directly to the University of Ghana Medical School. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for application document.
Students will rotate on inpatient units as well as in outpatient clinics. By the end of the rotation, students will have a broad exposure to both tropical and chronic non-communicable diseases and will learn skills in disease diagnosis, management, and prevention. Under the supervision of attending physicians, students will manage patients and follow them longitudinally during the duration of the rotation. Students will be expected to maintain a patient log and a reflection journal as educational tools to capture the different patient encounters, knowledge, and skills they acquire.
Students wishing to complete an independent project, such as an ALE, can arrange to stay an additional four weeks after completion of the clinical elective. Projects should be completed with the help of a faculty mentor and may be based on specific patients, health systems, public or community health issue identified by the student in close collaboration with the faculty mentor.
There is no language requirement to participate in this program, but use of translators will be necessary at times while working in the hospital. Housing is available within walking distance of the medical school for a fee.
Joyce Sackey, MD, FACP
Dean for Multicultural Affairs and Global Health
Tufts University School of Medicine