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GHE Criteria and Requirements

Application, Availability & Funding

  • Applications should be submitted per the deadlines table.
  • The Office of International Affairs (OIA) application must be submitted per the deadlines table.
  • Credit and funding for a two-month elective is available for rotations at the same location for consecutive months. Students doing two-month rotations (two consecutive months at the same location) may be eligible for additional funding. The maximum that a student may receive for a one-month rotation is $2,500 or $3,000 for a two-month rotation in the same location.
  • Students may apply for a second GHE pending available funding.
  • Funding will be determined and awarded on an individual basis.
  • Funded rotations must be taken for credit. GHEs are graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
  • Approved uses of funding include vaccinations, coach class travel to/from the rotation site (not including sightseeing side trips), program fees, visas, and the Office of International Affairs application fee ($150).
  • Any language training component must be outside of the 150 hours/4-weeks clinical work requirement. Rotations solely or predominantly for the purpose of language training/immersion are not eligible for funding and credit.
  • A letter from the host institution/program should be submitted with the GHE application and should clearly state the following:
    1. Approval for the student to do the rotation in a specified time period under their supervision
    2. The host's commitment to evaluating the student's performance during the rotation
    3. The host's training objectives and goals for the rotation (the rotation must meet the academic standards of the OSU COM and the experience should be at an equivalent academic level as a fourth-year elective)
    4. The elective is a minimum of four weeks and consists of a minimum total of 150 clinical hours.
  • You can provide this acceptance template to your preceptor.

Pre-Requisites

  • Students must be in good academic standing to participate in a GHE. Good academic standing includes:
    1. Successful completion of all Med 3 core clerkships
    2. Not under review by an academic committee
  • For additional information regarding academic standing and away electives, please see the Medical Student Handbook, Section 7. Academic, Noncognitive, and Professionalism Review Process.
  • A student who is approved for a GHE and does not fulfill these pre-requisites prior to the start of the rotation will not be permitted to participate in the rotation and approval for credit will be rescinded and the funding must be returned.
  • If a student receives a failing score on Step 2CS or CK prior to the approved elective, they may petition the Med 3-4 Student Review Subcommittee and the OGH for permission to do the elective; however, they must also have already scheduled to retake the exam. A petition does not guarantee that permission will be granted.
  • The country selected must not be listed on the “Current Travel Warnings” issued by the U.S. Department of State. Travel to the country must be safe as determined by the OIA who have final approval on safety issues.
  • The host site must be in a developing nation (lower, lower middle or upper middle income). The World Bank provides a list of qualifying countries; however each site will be evaluated individually and presence on this list does not guarantee approval.
  • Each student should review the global health overview presentation
  • Once a student’s elective is approved, the location of the rotation (site, hospital, country, etc.) may not be changed without prior approval from the OGH.

Objectives

  • The rotation should be consistent with the Vision and Mission of the OGH.
  • The rotation must provide a medical experience that is not otherwise obtainable at the OSU COM.
  • The rotation must meet the academic standards of the OSU COM and the experience should be at an equivalent academic level to a fourth-year elective.
  • The rotation should include one or more of the following four objectives:
    1. Learning about the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders unique to a developing country
    2. Learning about preventative public health measures in a developing country
    3. Learning about the healthcare delivery system of a developing country
    4. Learning about unique cultural influences on the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of disease

Financial awards will not be distributed until the student has successfully completed all of the pre-travel requirements.

Pre-Travel Requirements

  • A student who is approved for a GHE and does not fulfill these pre-travel requirements prior to the start of the rotation will not receive funding for the rotation.
  • Each student must have a one-on-one session with the OGH manager, which will include an explanation of the GHE requirements and site-specific tips on travel safety and cultural competency. This meeting can be set up once the student has been approved by the OGH for a GHE.
  • Each student must complete the designated modules from the USAID Global Health eLearning Center and submit a certificate of completion for each module. USAID suggests that each module will take from 1 hour to 2.5 hours to complete depending on the topic and your knowledge. Most students find it takes far less time than that. The modules are:
    1. Antenatal Care
    2. Diarrheal Disease
    3. Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care
    4. Essential Newborn Care
    5. HIV Basics
    6. Immunization Essentials
    7. Malaria
    8. Population, Health and Environment Basics
    9. Tuberculosis Basics (Updated)
    10. Tuberculosis - Advanced Concepts
  • Each student must complete an Office of International Affairs (OIA) application online and submit a fee of $150. The fee includes the cost of travel insurance for the duration of the GHE.
  • Each student will be sent an “Application for Global Health Elective Registration Adjustment“ form with their GHE acceptance e-mail. This form needs to be signed by the OGH program manager and a COM associate dean before being submitted.
  • The student is responsible for taking the preceptor evaluation form to the rotation and returning it to the OGH after the rotation.

Post-Travel Requirements

  • All requirements must be submitted within three weeks of completing the GHE or a grade of "Incomplete" will be posted to the student's record. Requirements for GHEs completed during rotation 9 are due on April 21 due to graduation deadlines.
  • The student is required to write a detailed report of their experience and upload it to the Carmen dropbox (document must be submitted in Microsoft Word). The dropbox is located in the Carmen course titled, "Global Health Education 2013-2014."
  • The student must complete a course and site evaluation on medStar.
  • The student must submit the preceptor evaluation from their host. The preceptor evaluation submitted must be for the same location as approved by the OGH in the student application. The preceptor evaluation must be returned via hand-delivery, fax, mail, or e-mail (a scanned copy) to the OGH.