International Trainees & Scholars

The Center for Global Health (CGH) can help to facilitate research and clinical experiences at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. Applications for both clinical and research experiences are restricted to students from the international medical schools that have affiliation agreements with the School of Medicine. Please see below for the person/office you should contact at your medical school for further information.

Affiliated Institutions

NOTE: The elective application process is highly competitive and the Center for Global Health does not guarantee that elective slots will be available to an applicant at the date selected and for the specific electives noted on the application. Placement in an elective is made jointly between the Office of the Registrar and the course director in the department in which the elective takes place; thus, submission of an application is not a guarantee for placement. Availability of an elective cannot be determined until the student’s completed application is received.

Argentina

  • Universidad Austral Facultad de Ciencias Biomédicas
    ContactAngel M Centeno, MD, PhD, FACP; Professor of Internal Medicine & Director, Office of Biomedical Education, (+54) 2322482635

Austria

  • The University Hospitals of Graz, Innsbruck, Vienna and Salzburg
    Contact:  The American Austrian Foundation, Kaerntnerstrasse 51, 1010 Vienna, ++43 1 533 8658

Note: If you are a medical student applying through Going International, please contact Dr.Gerhard Polak, Going International, Vienna, Fasangasse 28, 1030 Vienna, Phone: +43 (01) 798 2527. Students must apply through either the American Austrian Foundation or Going International, but NOT both.


England

  • Kings College London
    Contact: Amy Maddin, Senior Undergraduate Officer Electives

France

  • MICEFA, University of Paris System
    Contact: MICEFA

Guatemala

  • Universidad Francisco Marroquín Facultad de Medicina
    Contact:  Dr. Ricardo Blanco, Director, Oficina de Asuntos Academicos
  • Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala Facultad de Ciencias Médicas
    Contact: Dr. Fernando Torres, Medical Student and Residents Exchange Coordinator

Ireland


Japan

  • University of Tokyo Graduate School of Medicine
    Contact:  Dr. Joseph Green, Office of International Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine

Kenya


Korea

  • Seoul National University College of Medicine
    Contact: Dr. Kyung-Sang Yu, Associate Dean for International Affairs, College of Medicine

Netherlands

  • University Medical Center Groningen
    Contact:  Dr. J.R. Huizenga, International Liaison Officer, Institute for Medical Education

Peru

  • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
    ​​​​​​​Contact:  Daysi Castro, Coordinator of Student Exchange

Singapore

  • National University of Singapore Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
    ​​​​​​​Contact:  Ms. Li Li Lee, Senior Assistant Manager (Electives), Dean's Office

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Application Instructions

Clinical Electives

Penn makes an effort to provide the greatest possible variety of clinical rotations to our affiliated visiting international medical students. Rotations typically available, though not guaranteed, are listed on the clinical elective ranking form.  Please note that if a course is not listed, it is not available; these courses are the only ones for which course directors have authorized enrollment of international students.  The Perelman School of Medicine policy does not sanction other types of clinical experiences (i.e observerships, shadowing, internships, etc). Please do not contact physicians or departments directly. Doing so may result in a rejection of your application.

Rotation Dates

You have six rotation months to select from each year (see below). Please note that each one has a specific start and end date and that these dates cannot be modified for individual students.  For greatest consideration, your application should be submitted at least four months before the start date of the rotation that interests you (see due dates in parentheses next to rotation dates below).

Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
February 27 — March 24 (application due November 1) July 3 — July 28 (application due March 1) October 23 — November 17 (application due July 1)
March 27 — April 21 (application due November 1) July 31 — August 25 (application due March 1) November 20 — December 15 (application due July 1)
Spring 2018 Summer 2018 Fall 2018
February 26 — March 23 (application due November 1) July 2 — July 27 (application due March 1) October 22 — November 16 (application due July 1)
March 26 — April 20 (application due November 1) July 30 — August 24 (application due March 1) November 19 — December 14 (application due July 1)

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Official TOEFL scores are required for all students from medical schools where English is not the language of instruction.  Minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 270 (for computer-based test) and 637 (for paper-based test).  For TOEFL® iBT, minimum scores are:  26 (Speaking) + 26 (Listening) + 22 (Reading) + 22 Writing.
  2. Pennsylvania (PA) Child Abuse Clearance is required for all electives that have potential contact with pediatric populations. If you are successfully placed in an elective that involves interaction with pediatric populations, you will be contacted by CGH to complete the Child Abuse Clearance form.

If you are a medical student who attends an affiliated medical school (mentioned in the section above), meets the above eligibility requirements, and have been selected by your school representative, please click below to begin your application.

Clinical Application


Research Opportunities

We can accept applications for research opportunities from students from affiliated medical schools only. You must be a current medical student and have already completed the equivalent of a Bachelor’s degree and must be returning to your home institution to continue your studies upon completion of your research experience at Penn. Placement is not guaranteed. You must be fully self-funded to participate and placements are between 2-6 months.

Research Application

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Preparing for Travel

Housing

CGH encourages students to begin their housing search about three months in advance of your arrival. Only after receiving your invitation letter and elective assignment confirmation should you finalize housing plans. There are a variety of short-term housing opportunities to choose from:

Visa Information

We are advised by International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Pennsylvania that medical students pursuing a medical degree at a foreign institution, who are coming to engage in a required clerkship (unpaid) may enter the US with a B-1 (visitors for business) category or, if citizens of participating countries, a visa waiver. Details on participating countries and how to apply for the visa waiver are found on the US Department of State website.  The use of the B-1 or the visa waiver program for this purpose is limited to medical students, and does not extend to alien physicians who have already completed medical school. 

For further information regarding visas, please contact ISSS

Dress Code

On clinical rotations, you are expected to dress professionally.  Button-down shirts (with or without ties), professional tops/blouses, slacks, khakis, skirts, or dresses are appropriate. Students must have a short (28-30") white lab jacket/consultation coat. It is required that you wear closed-toe shoes. Shorts or jeans are NOT acceptable for clinical rotations.

If you have to purchase a lab coat or other supplies in Philadelphia, Nurses Uniform Place is located at 1104 Chestnut Street.

Orientation to Philadelphia and Penn

Transportation from Airports

  • Philadelphia International Airport
    The University of Pennsylvania is located in the "University City" section of Philadelphia.  Therefore, you can take a taxi for the flat rate (not using the meter) described on the Philadelphia International Airport website
  • JFK Airport
    Limousine service to Philadelphia is probably the most convenient and affordable way to travel.  You can contact Dave's Best Limousine to make arrangements in advance. Additional information is available on the JFK Airport website.
  • Newark Liberty Airport
    This New Jersey airport is also served by Dave's Best Limousine service (see above) and a number of other alternatives. Additional information is available on the Newark Liberty Airport website.

The City of Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of the most historic cities in the United States, where the Declaration of Independence was written and the Constitution was drafted. It served as the original capital of the country until the city of Washington was built. Currently, Philadelphia is a vibrant city of 1.5 million population in a metropolitan area of about 5 million. It has outstanding cultural institutions, including world class museums and a renowned orchestra. Center city is readily accessible, 1-2 miles east of the Penn campus. Useful links below:

The University of Pennsylvania: Information & Services

The University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine is among the top five medical schools in the United States based on its faculty, educational reputation, quality of its medical students, research grants, health system, and position as the first medical school in the United States, founded in 1765. With a newly renovated medical campus and its five affiliated hospitals, Penn has a vibrant program of patient care, clinical research, and basic science investigation

At the University of Pennsylvania, you'll find a historic, Ivy League school on a picturesque campus amidst a dynamic city and a world-class research institution.  

Locations of clinical electives:

Other important locations on campus:

There are a number of services you will be able to access after obtaining a PennCard. Contact CGH in order to receive your PennCard soon after arriving on campus.

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Graduates of International Institutions

The scope of CGH services does not include clinical graduate medical education (i.e. residencies and observerships) in the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS).  To explore such opportunities, please contact the UPHS Graduate Medical Education office (gmepc@uphs.upenn.edu).

International medical graduates from our affiliated institutions (mentioned above) may explore potential research opportunities within the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in one of the following ways:

  1. Completing the CGH research application (recent or imminent completion of a doctoral degree is required; this application is not suitable for individuals who earned their doctoral degree more than two years ago; although the application indicates that it is for visiting "students", it may also be completed by recent graduates, as defined above).
  2. Applying directly for postdoctoral positions posted on the Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) website: http://www.med.upenn.edu/postdoc/positions.shtml
  3. Applying directly for positions advertised on Penn's job site, under the "Job Family" of "Technical/Professional Research": Click here for Jobs @ Penn
  4. Writing directly to faculty you have identified who are doing research of interest.  Click here to search BGS faculty    

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