Botswana Clinical Elective

The application for the 2022-23 Botswana Clinical Elective is CLOSED. 

In coordination with the Botswana-UPenn Partnership (BUP), the Center for Global Health coordinates the Botswana Clinical Elective, an enriching experience providing exposure to multiple levels of healthcare in a low-resource setting. The 7-week general medicine elective allows students to experience:

  • Understanding the importance of context when working in different settings
  • Diagnosis and management skills in a resource-limited area, including end-of-life care
  • Impact of culture on patient presentation, doctor-patient and team relationships, and the provision of medical care
  • Exchange of knowledge with other students, health professionals, and trainees
  • Spend time with dynamic, smart, resourceful University of Botswana and Penn faculty committed to working in resource-limited settings
Application to Botswana Clinical Elective

The schedule for the 2022-23 clinical rotations is as follows:

  • August 1 - September 16, 2022
  • September 12 - October 21, 2022
  • October 17 - November 25, 2022
  • January 9 - February 17, 2023
  • March 27 - May 5, 2023


Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by CGH and students will be interviewed. The CGH Office will reach out to students to schedule interviews. 


Placement Procedures

Students selected to participate in a Botswana Clinical Elective will be required to:

  • Attend ITD357: Sim Procedures/Reducing Risk, Low Resource Setting, a 4-hour simulations course held at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse
  • Attend ITD359: Pre-Departure Training, a 3-hour course offered 4 times across the year, the schedule aligns with the ITD357 course.
  • Both classes are mandatory. Failure to attend these trainings will cancel your elective. 
  • Complete the CGH Registration
    • CGH will review Part I and send the student Part II
    • Both parts are required for recording of experience and for qualifying for CGH funding. 
  • Complete 10 supervised phlebotomies- instructions for setting up appointment are on the Phlebotomy Practice Form. Email this form to Maria Cortese Hering when complete.


Travel Procedures

Once selected, in addition to the above requirements, please visit the Travel section of this site for procedures and logistics on participating in a Global Health Experience


Read student reports from the Botswana Clinical Elective.