Report Guidelines

You may have read past student reports that do not follow the below updated guidelines. Please use these guidelines for your report.

Each student is required to write a detailed report of their experience and submit it to the Office of Global Health (OGH) program manager.

The Global Health Elective (GHE) report includes the Travel/Site Summary and photos and a scientific paper based on your chosen objective. PowerPoint presentations are not permitted.

The Travel/Site Summary section must include a description of your responsibilities during the rotation, feedback on the site, both positives and negative aspects, unique experiences or events, and an overall assessment of the rotation. It should also include advice relating to travel; e.g., language, money, safety, culture, work environment and photos. Pictures can be a separate file or incorporated into your report but the goal is to:

  • Create a visual story with pictures by capturing shots of preceptors, the clinic or hospital, patient services, student housing, and the local environment and culture.
  • Include captions that describe each picture.
  • Include a photo(s) of yourself engaged in patient care if appropriate.

The travel summary serves as a how-to and what-not-to-do for future students and must also include contact information for preceptors or administrators at the site for the benefit of future students who might want to go there for their own rotation. Remember, the completed travel summary should be the document you wish you would have had before your rotation!

The Global Health Objectives section should review the objective that you chose for your rotation and should describe how you met that objective. Give specific examples of how what you learned relates to your objective(s) for the rotation. Provide a brief academic overview that includes a minimum of two citations (articles, books, papers, etc.) For example, if you chose Objective #1 Learning the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders unique to developing countries, you might focus your paper on malaria. Possible sources of information include: WHO, U.N. Millennium Development Goals, USAID, U.S. Global Health Policy, as well as scientific journals.

The objectives paper should be a minimum of three pages not including photographs. Expect to spend two to three hours on this report as this is a significant component of successfully completing your rotation. Papers will be reviewed by a physician. If you have any questions about the academic paper, please contact Pam Potter.

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