Program Requirements

Kaiser Permanente Northern California is proud to offer a merit-based clinical elective in Global Health to medical students from accredited U.S. medical schools who have successfully completed at least two years of medical school training. Participants in the Global Health Clinical Elective will, on average, spend 1 week at the Kaiser Permanente host site in pre-travel preparation and education, 1-2 weeks engaged in service based learning at the international site, and a final week back at the host site for debriefing and presentation of a scholarly project. Financial support up to $3000 is provided to each student to offset the cost of travel, malpractice coverage, and living abroad during the elective.

Applicant Criteria

Medical students applying for a KP Global Health Clinical Elective (KP-GHCE) must:
• Be in good standing at a fully-accredited U.S. medical school
• Have completed at least two years of medical school training and all pre-clinical training prior to dates of travel.
• Provide the written approval of their Medical School Dean
• Meet all specific requirements for international rotations as defined by their medical school
• Complete and submit the on-line application below
• Be available to travel on the dates offered

Application Procedure

Instructions for completing and submitting the KP-GHCE application:
• Attach letter of approval from Medical School Dean, along with your current CV and USMLE transcript
• Confirm availability to travel during dates offered

Application Review Process:

• Applications will be formally reviewed by the KP-GHCE Director and selection committee
• Applicants will be contacted within 21 days for additional information and possible phone interviews

Participant Expectations

Medical students who participate in KP-GHCE are expected to:
• Complete all pre-travel requirements and preparation
• Complete the entire 4 week global health clinical elective
• Complete a scholarly project and present this project to the KP Napa-Solano Family Medicine Residency Program
• Complete an evaluation of clinical rotation
• Complete expense report for reimbursement. All expectations of the rotation must be completed in order for the educational/travel stipend to be awarded