Center for Community & Global Health

Dept. Contact Lucia Garcia
Location SSOM 320
Phone 708-216-6318
Department: Center for Community & Global Health
Course Number: CCGH-301
Course Title: International Service Immersion
No. of Students:  
Site: Foreign
Supervisor: Amy Blair, MD
Duration: 4.0 weeks 
Periods Offered:  
Prerequisite: Open to third year Global Health Honors students and Global Health Fellows.
Special Note:

This elective is limited to third year students who have committed to the Global Health Honors program and are meeting requirements.

Site Selection
1. It is ideal that the student return to the same site as their M1 ISI trip.
2. In the event that we no longer travel to this site, consideration will be given to a new/other ISI trip site that correlates with a scholarly project (i.e. same topic, similar population, etc.)
3.In the event that more than one student applies to return to their initial M1 ISI site, students may be placed at an alternate ISI site that is consistent with that student’s scholarly project initiatives, as space allows.

More detailed information regarding the rotation (including travel, lodging, and educational goals & objectives) is available from the Center for Community and Global Health.

Graded pass/fail only.


The goal of this rotation is to place late-year third-year (M3) students in an international clinical and teaching setting that is both supervised and longitudinal. ISI teams consist of first-year (M1) students, faculty physicians and chaplains. Adding a M3 student to the ISI teams offers opportunities for cross-class teaching before trips occur and in the clinical setting. Preference will go toward M3s returning to their original M1 ISI site, thus providing the M3 student with the longitudinal experience from the pre-clinical to clinical years. Further, late-year M3s will participate more actively in clinical care, providing assistance to the team physicians in both care provision and teaching in the field.

Enrollment preference will be given to those who are in the Global Health Honors program and whose global health scholarly projects are advanced by the elective. Supervision and evaluation of field experience is by ISI faculty physicians and the preparation and teaching is under the direction of the Center for Community and Global Health.

This elective is a four week course comprised of two weeks of field experience in an international setting and two weeks of preparation and teaching of first-year medical students.

Method of evaluation:

Students will be evaluated by the ISI team physician (field experience) and by Dr. Blair on the performance in the preparation components as well as final elective requirements. Please note course is graded pass/fail only.