First hand experience in another culture can enable a future health care practitioner to function better in an increasingly global society. It is also an opportunity to learn (or practice) a second language.
International experiences need not be medically-related. Students who plan a global medical trip should review the guidelines issued by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). We expect that all prehealth students will become familiar and comply with these guidelines.
- AAMC Guidelines Pertaining to International Clinical Experiences
- ADEA Guidelines Pertaining to International PreDental Experiences
Keep in mind that: The primary purpose of a student clinical experience is observation, not hands-on treatment. You are there to learn, not to treat. The italicized passage is a direct quote, taken from the AAMC Guidelines.
Under no circumstances should you perform procedures you are not qualified to do under US law.
How to Find International Clinical Experiences
Visit Northeastern University’s International Co-op website.
For information on international opportunities, you may wish to follow this link International Health Care Opportunities.
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