Year 4 Medical Students

If you are a 4th year student (we encourage travel later in your 4th year), in good academic standing, and interested in participating in a Global Medical Education and Research (GMER) elective (INMD 7565 - Global Health Abroad) - then now is the time to start planning! 

Sites to consider

Students are encouraged to plan their global health experience at one of GMER's partner sites

If you are interested in a non-affiliated site, Course Director approval is required.


  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must be at the international site for a minimum of 4 weeks to be eligible for credit.
  • You must complete the Planning Process steps by August 15th.

Planning process

  1. Schedule your 1:1 meeting with Dr. Howard or Dr. Kesler before the August 15th deadline. (Contact Shannon Benson,, to schedule.)
  2. Develop your learning objectives and goals for this experience before your 1:1 meeting.
  3. Contact Shannon if you would like more information about the sites available
  4. After you've selected your site, time for travel, and completed your 1:1 meeting with one of the GMER course directors, you can then initiate your GMER online contract and get site application material from Shannon. This online application includes U of M requirements and international health insurance. Once you sign and submit, it will go to the GMER course director you've selected for approval and then to Shannon as your major coordinator for approval. 

Orientation for international experiences

collection of online resources from the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility.

Prior to departure

Now - August 15th

  1. Develop goals and objectives
  2. Contact Shannon to schedule a time to meet with GMER co-course director(s)
  3. Select your site
  4. Plan your proposed travel dates
  5. Travel Award Applications are due annually on August 15th

August - September

  • Gather information RE: the application materials for your chosen site
  • Start the GMER online contract
  • Request a statement of approval to add INMD 7565 on your schedule (minimum of 4 weeks on site / 8 week minimum for Selian Lutheran Hospital in Tanzania) and send that to the Med Ed Clinic Scheduler (

October - Until time of travel

  • The First Monday in October will be a mandatory/required Pre-Travel Orientation. More information will be made available in the summer. If you are on call or on a service working - please let us know and we will get a letter excusing you for that day. All students planning to travel for credit must attend this session.
  • Visit a Travel Clinic for vaccinations and health recommendations
  • Complete the Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety online module, designed for all students who are going abroad and to volunteer in a healthcare setting. It offers tools and advice for how to get the most out of your experience, without stepping beyond your qualifications and expertise.
  • Check to see if your passport is valid for 6 months beyond dates of travel.
  • If conducting research, consider Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements
  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) from the US State Department
  • Final check-in with GMER course director if necessary
  • Download of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibilities Travel Checklist.  

While abroad (suggested, not required)

  • Write in a journal for personal reflection
  • Start a blog

Upon return

  • Submit your mentor evaluation and 2-page reflection essay in order to receive a pass/fail grade. We ask that this is submitted within 30 days of return.
  • Schedule a debrief meeting with GMER course directors.