Clinical Elective Rotations Abroad

Global Health Elective Rotation

The Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health provides two- to three-month Global Health Elective Rotations for Duke residents in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology and the combined programs of Internal Medicine/Pediatrics and Internal Medicine/Psychiatry, as well as fellows in Cardiology.

These elective rotations provide a valuable and unique experience for our residents. In addition to choosing from a wide selection of available locations, residents will provide clinical care to patients abroad. In limited locations, only visual observation is permitted, however, many opportunities are available for residents to expand their teaching and lecturing skills.

Click here to explore the worldwide locations available for Global Health Elective Rotations. Learn more about the experience of past residents by visiting our Field Stories page.

Application Process

The application for rotations during the 2019-2020 academic year has passed. The 2020-2021 application will be posted in late August 2019.

Criteria for candidate selection include:

  • Academic preparation and strength;
  • Evidence of maturity, responsibility,  cultural sensitivity; and
  • Significance of pursuing a global health opportunity to further career goals.

Preference will be given to individuals who have already demonstrated a commitment to global health issues, specifically within the developing world.

Duke Cardiology Fellows (2nd & 3rd Year) and Duke Residents from the Departments of Family Medicine (PGY 2), Medicine (PGY 2), Pediatrics (PGY 2), Radiology (PGY 4), Med-Peds (PGY 3), and Med-Psych (PGY 4) may apply for rotations that will begin during the next academic year, typically in July, January or March.

In order to be considered for a Global Health Elective Rotation, applicants must provide the following:

  • A completed online application,
  • A statement from your Program Director giving you permission to apply, and
  • A copy of your CV.

Applications should be submitted online. Placements are competitive and contingent upon the qualifications of the applicant and availability.  Questions? Contact