Applying for an International Experience

UT College of Medicine students may arrange international elective clinical experiences. International rotations are typically 4-week experiences. Arrangements may be time consuming, and there are many steps in the process of setting up the international experience and getting institutional approval. Students should begin planning international medical experiences approximately one (1) year before the estimated date of starting the rotation.

The Process:

  1. Completion of all M3 core clerkships.
  2. Minimum 8-weeks advanced notice required.
  3. Identify an overseas mentor in an overseas location.
  4. Develop a list of learning objectives in partnership with the faculty supervisor on site. This Objective statement must be signed by both supervisor and student. (Objectives must be approved by Office of Student Affairs. Approval is based on the strength of the objectives and evidence that there will be proper supervision of the student by the host institution.)
  5. Obtain an official "Letter of Acceptance" from the host institution.
  6. Complete an Application Form for Senior Electives.
  7. Obtain detailed information on the faculty evaluator's academic/medical credentials and contact information.
  8. Meet with Dr. Valerie Jameson, Interim Assistant Dean of Clinical Curriculum, to discuss the elective prior to the application process.
  9. Submit the Registration Form, Leaning Objectives, Letter of Acceptance, and other documentation to Ms. Ruby Bland, Office of Medical Education, Suite 1031, 910 Madison Building,
  10. Students must receive grades for all their electives. Those leaving the U.S. must get their grade sheet before they leave and take it with them. It is the student's responsibility to bring the evaluation back with them and to submit it to Ms. Bland.

Questions about this process should be addressed to:

Ms. Ruby Bland

Application must include:

  1. IE Checklist  PDF icon
  2. Senior Elective application  PDF icon
  3. Waiver form  PDF icon
  4. Letter of Acceptance
  5. CV of Preceptor
  6. Learning Objectives for Experience
  7. UTHSC International Travel Registration
    You will receive a hard copy of your identity card in 5-15 days but should be able to download an electronic pdf with your member number immediately. Once this card has been purchased, please email a scanned copy or a photo of your ISIC or ITIC card to the Office of International Affairs ( HAVING THIS INFORMATION WILL ALLOW US TO HELP COORDINATE SERVICES FOR YOU IN AN EMERGENCY


AAMC Guidelines for Clinical Experiences Abroad  PDF icon

Courting Danger While Doing Good (NEJM)  PDF icon

U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  external link icon

  • Register your upcoming trip on the State Department's STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) system so that the U.S. Embassy in-country will be able to better assist you in an emergency. You will also receive updates on travel warnings, travel alerts, and other important information about the country you plan to visit.

UT University Health Services Travel Clinic

CDC Travelers' Health  external link icon

U.S. Department of State Travel Page  external link icon

U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings  external link icon

AAMC Global Health Learning Opportunities  external link icon

AMSA International Health Opportunities  external link icon

Child Family Health International  external link icon

CIAO Travel

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