Preparing before you go


When those who host medical students on electives in LMICs have been asked what they think of electives, a common criticism of students is that they are underprepared, which can lead to not only students not getting the most out of their placement, but patient harm as well.
Developing pre-departure training has been identified as key to ensuring placements benefit the hosts as well as students.

Online course – KCL and St George’s: Preparing for an International Health Elective

  • Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aimed at those considering an international health elective

  • developed by King’s College London and St George’s University, London, and hosted by FutureLearn

  • it’s free (upgrade for £49 to receive a certificate and access to the material after the course has ended)

  • it runs 4 times per year, and lasts for approximately 2 hours per week for 3 weeks

Online course – Boston University Medical School: Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health

  • a series of 3 interactive open-access online courses to prepare for global health learning experiences

  1. The Big Picture – to be completed 6-12 months before departure

  2. Preparation and On the Ground – to be completed 1-3 months before departure

  3. Reflection – to be completed upon return

  • it’s free, with a free PDF certificate ($50 for a verified certificate)

  • 9 hours in total