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

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Selection Process

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

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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.

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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

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Read student reports from the Botswana Clinical Elective.