The Division of Community Engagement

Benefits of Field Station Electives


Field station electives are located in Low & Middle Income Countries (LMICs) -- as defined by the World Bank – where students and residents at all levels of training learn about health delivery systems, experience medicine in another culture, develop an understanding of the different burden of disease, and have an overall experience of a different culture. This program is designed to enhance students’ knowledge in global health, cultural safety, tropical and medicine generally.  International electives in LMICs foster an expanded view of the world, enhance critical thinking, and add to learners’ understanding of human rights, health equity and social justice. Whatever the ultimate career goal, a global health elective will be a highly worthwhile and positive experience.

Field Station locations are sites where FoMD has ongoing relationships and where some of our faculty travel from time to time.  Among other things, these relationships allow the Global Health Program to monitor learners’ experiences more carefully as well as ensure that the local hosts have the resources to undertake the hosting of learner electives. There are a wide range of disciplines available for electives. These differ from Field Station to Field Station.  To view the opportunities available through the Global Health Office go to GH Field Stations shadow clinical electives.

Note that electives to countries with Canadian Government Travel Warnings recommending “Avoid all travel” or “Avoid non – essential travel” will not be approved.  As well, countries where Peacekeepers are deployed are not permitted.  See where Peacekeeping Operations are currently located here.

Some helpful documents to assist students in preparation for overseas electives are:

Cross-Cultural Health Ethics in Resource-Poor Settings

Safety Abroad

Guidelines for the Management of Bloor or Body Fluid Exposure, 2001

Blood Pathogen Card

Exposure to Human Blood or Other Body Fluid, UAlberta Website

Human Blood or Body Fluid Exposure Protocol, MD Policies & Procedures