This tool is brought to you by Child Family Health International and Medsin-UK. We have come together because we share the belief that international electives have potential for great harm or great good. International electives can make us better doctors, helping us learn to work better cross-culturally and resource-consciously. However, when done without careful consideration, international electives have the potential to undermine professionalism and patient safety. Why? Because international electives (particularly those taking place in poorer parts of the world) are often intertwined with power and privilege imbalances, as well as colonial/neocolonial legacies. These imbalances and legacies can set up a situation where boundaries and rules for foreign trainees are lacking. As students we might be tempted to do things we are not fully trained to do or encouraged to act outside our scope of expertise. This reality, coupled with attending physicians with limited time to supervise because of high volume of patients, can lead to dangerous situations for patients and ourselves.
Peer Review Panel
Eric Hartman, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship
Editor & Co-Founder, globalsl.org. Global Steering Group Member, Better Volunteering, Better Care Initiative
Jessica Evert MD
Executive Director, Child Family Health International
Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine
Katy Daniels, MBChB
Clinical Teacher and Electives Lead, University of Dundee
Matthew DeCamp, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine
Judith Lasker, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Lehigh University
Tricia Todd. MPH.
Assistant Director, Health Careers Center
Instructor, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Ranit Mishori MD, MHS, FAAFP
Professor of Family Medicine
Director, CAPRICORN - Georgetown's PBRN (Practice-Based Research Network)
Director, Global Health Initiatives, Department of Family Medicine
Georgetown University School of Medicine
MedStar Health - Family Medicine at Spring Valley
William Cherniak, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Consultant, Consortium of Universities for Global Health
CoFounder and Executive Director, Bridge to Health Medical and Dental
Shailey Prasad, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Associate Director, North Memorial Family Medicine Residency
Director, Global Family Medicine Pathway
Stasha O'Callaghan, BS
Medical Student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Henry Lin, MD
Executive Director 53rdweek
Project Director, Dr. Natasha Matthews
Dr. Natasha Matthews studied Medicine at the Hull-York Medical School and holds a BSc (Hons) in Global Health from Imperial College London. She worked extensively within the organisation Students for Global Health (formerly Medsin), including facilitating bilateral clinical exchanges and directing the Ethical Electives campaign for responsible elective placements at home and abroad. As Global Health Education Director, Natasha represented Medsin’s views on the UK electives system to the UK Council for Undergraduate Medical Electives. She also developed training materials and delivered several workshops on ethical electives at national and international events. Natasha continues to focus her research and advocacy towards the development of global health education options for students. She is author of several articles, including a review of global health education in UK medical schools and the impact of global health modules during medical school on doctor’s clinical practice and career choice.