Global Health Education
KU Medical Center offers a variety of educational opportunities around the world to enrich students' and faculty's medical, nursing and health professions learning. For more details on our education efforts, please visit our global health map of initiatives.
The Office of International Programs is the core of the medical center's global education efforts, which include:
- Clinical and research electives in more than two dozen countries
- Faculty exchange programs
- International student programs
- Assisting with conference attendance outside the U.S.
- A variety of activities and events, including:
- A KUMC International Meet and Greet at the beginning of each semester
- International fellowship and scholarship advising sessions
- Clinical Culture and Diversity Series
- Culture Hour — a casual forum for students and faculty to discuss culture
- Global Connections program
- International Education Week — a weeklong series of events each November
Other global education efforts
- Robinson Scholars — This program is for students who want to complete an International Education Experience at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. Students from the School of Health Professions are eligible to apply for a scholarship to complete an elective rotation during the summer, and School of Medicine and School of Nursing students can apply for an International Elective Rotation that occurs during February of their final year.
- Clendening Summer Fellowship — Eight to 10 medical students pursue independent research between their first and second years of medical school. Clendening Fellows have studied such diverse topics as risk factors for HIV transmission in Addis Ababa; the use of traditional therapeutics in the Tibetan Autonomous region of China; the archeology of ancient Greek healing shrines; personal narratives as healing among children orphaned by AIDS in Nigeria; the 16-century dissolution of parish hospitals under Henry VIII; heroin addiction and treatment programs in Mombasa, Kenya; and oral histories of the integration of East and West German health systems in Berlin.
- Kansas-Paraguay Partnership — KU School of Medicine-Wichita's Family and Community Medicine department's longtime partnership with Paraguay.
- Health Care and Social Policies in Sweden — Summer course offered through the University of Kansas and taught by KU Medical Center faculty. Open to undergraduate and graduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university with an interest in health care, or social policies. Also open to interested professionals in the field.
Residency, Fellowship programs
- Neurology/Neurosurgery: VMR Resident Scholarship program — A scholarship for neuroscience residents to go on a month-long International Educational Experience.
- Otolaryngology International Outreach Medical Missions
- Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Fellowship International Outreach — The department created an annual six-day mission trip to Antigua, Guatemala.
- Pediatrics Residency Program — Residents may choose to spend one week per year with Heart To Heart International or Medical Mission Foundation in one of the following locations: Haiti, Guatemala or Belize.
- Kansas family docs shape medicine in Paraguay through exchange program
- Kirsten Devin gets Fulbright award (Brazil)
- Medical student writes of experience working at women's clinic in Syrian refugee camp
- Health Professions alumna bringing respiratory care education to West Africa
- Robinson Scholars bring home lessons from India