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-407
Course Title: International Health: Ghana
No. of Students:  
Site: Foreign
Supervisor: Amy Blair, MD; Amy Luke, MD   (On-site Supervisor: Dr. Jacob Phlange-Rhule)
Duration: 4.0 weeks 
Periods Offered:  Year round
Prerequisite: Fourth year students who have successfully completed at least one sub internship.
Special Note: This is to invite your interest and participation in the elective clerkship in Kumasi, Ghana, in conjunction with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) School of Medical Sciences. Clinical rotations will occur at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital. The elective is sponsored by Loyola faculty, Dr. Amy Blair and Dr. Amy Luke. On-site faculty elective supervisor is Dr. Jacob Phlange-Rhule, Department of Physiology. A particular interest in Inpatient Medicine, Surgery, Infectious Disease, Primary Care, and practice in low-resource setting is essential.

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 Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital acts as the principal clinical site for Ghanian medical students at KNUST. Visiting students will spend the majority of the time in a mixture of inpatient and out-patient settings alongside senior Ghanian students. During your inpatient service at the hospital, you will be assigned a teaching firm/team and will attend clinical ward rounds and teaching sessions. You will be involved in the management of acute medical or surgical admissions. “Clerking” or performing thorough Histories and Physicals are followed by presentations to consultants at ward rounds. Opportunities to attend outpatient sub-speciality and HIV clinics also exist. During surgery weeks, you will be asked to participate in several procedures. In short, you will do as the other members of the firm/team you are attached to do. See also a description of clinic duties/ typical schedule and example patient case log from a prior year.

Method of evaluation:

Students will be evaluated by Dr. Jacob Plange-Rhule, who will obtain feedback from other participating faculty. Dr. Plange-Rhule will also complete the mid-rotation feedback.

All students will receive their final grade from the Director of the Center for Community and Global Health based on site-supervisor evaluation and post-rotation requirements (reflection, evaluation and patient log). Please note course is graded pass/fail only.