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Australia: University of Sydney Medical School

Austria: Max Kade Program

Brazil: University of São Paulo

Denmark: USEU-MEE

England: USEU-MEE

France: American Hospital of Paris

Germany: USEU-MEE

Germany: Ferienakademie

India: Christian Medical College

India: Banaras Hindu University Medical College

India: Narayana Hrudayalaya and Mazumdar-Shaw Cancer Center

Indonesia: Asian Programs Foundation

Malaysia: Asian Programs Foundation

Panama: Universidad Latina de Panama 

Peru: San Marcos Medical College

Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College    


Domestic Focus

Wilderness and Environmental Medicine 


Multiple Foci (International and Domestic)

Dreyfus Health Foundation of the Rogosin Institute


Austria: American Austrian Foundation and Max Kade Program in Vienna

The American Austrian Foundation and the Max Kade Foundation have established a four week clinical program to enable American and Austrian medical students in their final year of study to experience how health care is delivered in a different health care environment. 

Weill Cornell medical students may spend one month rotating through departments at the University Hospital of Vienna and the Salzburg General Hospital. Knowledge of German is not necessary, but helpful.

A student stipend, made possible from both Foundations, is provided. For more information on applying, please contact Dr. Finkel.

Also under the auspices of the American Austrian Foundation are the Salzburg-Weill Cornell Seminars for Adult Medicine seminars funded by a direct grant from George Soros’

The Open Society Institute, which is matched by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture .

Brazil: University of Sao Paulo

University of Sao Paulo is the largest institution dedicated to higher education and research in Brazil. Clinical electives are tailored to the student’s interested, but can includerotations through the infectious disease hospital and the tropical medical unit in the Amazon.

Coordinator: Madelon L. Finkel, PhD at

Denmark, England, and Germany: USEU-MEE

Beginning in September 1998, this multinational medical student exchange program has supported 1 student per year, from each of the consortium schools, for a four-week clinical training rotation at a partner institution across the Atlantic. The focus is on the comparative analysis of health care delivery systems in Europe and the United States. The Weill Cornell medical student will follow the course of a patient. The student's task is to research and write a case study of the host country’s health care system using the patient as the focal point. The case study is designed to encourage thoughtful exchange of information and ideas about the health care systems in Europe and the United States. Focus should include a discussion of the political, medical, socioeconomic, ethical, and organizational issues inherent in the system. Each student’s project is carefully planned in advance and monitored by a faculty mentor (or team of mentors) at the host institution.

For further information, contact Dr. Finkel. Participating Schools: Kings College (London) UK; University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Ludwig Maximilian University (Munich) Germany

France: American Hospital of Paris

The American Hospital of Paris is a private, not-for-profit Franco-American institution whose mission is to bring together the best in French and American medical practices in Paris to provide high quality health care to its patients. It is the only civilian hospital in Europe accredited by the Joint Commission. It has 197 surgical, medical and obstetric beds and an active Emergency Department, providing immediate care to patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In 2006, the hospital celebrated its Centennial Year. Thanks to the generosity of the American Hospital of Paris Foundation, up to 4 Weill Cornell medical students are selected to spend 4 weeks at the hospital engaged in a clinical elective of his or her choice. Students must be conversant in French.


Germany: Ferienakademie

The Ferienakademie (or summer academy) is a two-week cross-cultural educational retreat for students at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Weill Cornell. The retreat takes place during the last two weeks of September each year. The venue is a remote guest house in a beautiful valley in the German-speaking Italian Alps (Sarntal). The program consists of case presentations selected from the New England Journal of Medicine and prepared by each student participant, followed by group discussion. This portion of the program is conducted entirely in English. Weill Cornell is invited to send one student (usually in the fourth year) and one faculty member each year. Our student shares a problem-based learning (PBL) case and presents a description of the Weill Cornell curriculum. The two-week retreat includes hiking on Alpine trails and group cook-outs. Transportation and lodging are reimbursed.

India: Banaras Hindu University Medical College

Located in the holy city of Varanasi, Banaras Hindu University Medical College (BHUMC) < > is one of several colleges within the Banaras Hindu University < >system. As a whole, the university is recognized as a world class educational institution, but the medical college is particularly regarded. This is due largely to Varanasi’s history as one of the oldest cities in the world and the location where Indian medical education originated.  

The Sir Sunderlal Hospital <>, BHUMC’s teaching hospital, is equipped with approximately 1200 beds and modern amenities. With approximately 37 departments ( and diverse research projects, the hospital is recognized as a premier tertiary care referral center and serves as a major provider of care for a population of approximately 15 crores (or 150 million).

This clinical elective focuses exclusively on infectious diseases.

Indonesia and Malaysia: Asian Programs Foundation

The Asian Programs Foundation seeks to create bridges among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in South and South East Asia and the West. The Foundation’s objective is to generate opportunities for cooperation that lead to tangible and mutual benefits which, in turn, promote understanding, peace, and respect among the communities. The Foundation's programs began by focusing on the business sector of society, a primary actor and catalyst for change, and now the focus has been enlarged to include other sectors, such as education, health, media and sports. Its mission is to empower, embolden and encourage individuals to become advocates for pluralism and peaceful tolerance.

The Foundation provides the funding for one Weill Cornell medical student to complete a clinical elective of his or her choice in Indonesia or Malaysia. The Foundation also provides the funding for one South Asian medical student to take a clinical elective at Weill Cornell.

Panamá: Universidad Latina de Panamá

Panamá: Universidad Latina de Panamá is a private university that, along with its Faculty of Medical Sciences and Health, was established in 1991. Latin University of Panama, as a higher education institution constantly seeks academic excellence as it believes education is a decisive variable in every equation of change and development. Clinical rotations at the University of Panama’s teaching hospitals are available, with a particular focus on infectious diseases. With its slogan "Serious Commitment," the University is convinced that education is a decisive variable present in every equation of change and development.

Tanzania: Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center

Fundraising to create Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center (KCMC) began in the early 1960s with the establishment of the Good Samaritan Foundation by the Lutheran, Anglican, and Moravian churches in Tanzania. One of the original missions of KCMC was to establish a national teaching center. Over the past decades, this mission has been completed through two phases, the establishment of a hospital and then a medical college.

KCMC opened its doors in 1971. At present, the center regularly exceeds its occupancy levels (500 beds) as it is one of 4 regional referral hospitals for over 11 million people in Northern Tanzania, and receives hundreds of outpatients and visitors daily. Patient demographics range greatly, but as a whole, nearly 3,500 deliveries and 2,500 major surgeries are performed at the medical center each year.

In 1997, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College (KCM College) was opened. KCM College is a constituent college of Tumaini University, along with Iringa University College and Makumira University College. KCM College is one of 2 medical schools in the country offering postgraduate medical training in a full range of specialties including the East Regional Training Centers in Urology and Dermatology.

Students interested in learning more about the opportunites at KCMC should contact Estomih Mtui, MD (click for contact information). 


Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Elective

The goal of the Department of Emergency Medicine's Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Elective for medical students is to offer an introduction to backcountry care and to teach improvisational treatment skills. The knowledge and skill sets of medical care in austere environments will be applicable for patients in the wilderness as well as in the settings of man-made/natural disasters, or while working overseas in resource-poor environments.  We anticipate that this course will be helpful to any medical student applying to any variety of clinical residency programs.

This course is offered as an elective in the fourth-year of medical school, and consists of didactic and hands on teaching in New York (Bronx Zoo, NY Botanical Gardens) with backcountry weeks in the Adirondack Mountains (fall) and the American Southwest (spring).

Medical residents are also welcomed to participate in the course. Credit is available towards the Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship Program.

More information is available at, or by contacting Dr. Jay,Lemery at

Dreyfus Health Foundation of the Rogosin Institute

The Dreyfus Health Foundation (DHF), a division of The Rogosin Institute (, is a separate not-for-profit organization founded in 1988 that has helped over six million people in more than 30 countries. The DHF serves as a catalyst for better health worldwide by transforming individuals and communities through a problem-solving process that empowers them to change themselves and their environments for the better.  The Foundation works to improve quality of life globally by fostering creative problem solving and project sustainability at the local and national levels and by promoting cooperation and interaction between participating countries. 

Along with partners from multiple sectors, including those in academics, business, health, government and the community, DHF is working toward not only improving health and quality of life in specific communities, but also generating models of health improvement that can be broadly applied both in the U.S., and elsewhere.  Ongoing active projects remain in more than 30 countries and in Houston, Texas, and the Mississippi Delta. 

Students interested in projects conducted through the DHF should visit the DHF website and/ or contact Director of the Dreyfus Health Foundation, Barry Smith, MD, PhD. 


Child Family Health International (CFHI )

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CFHI is a leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) placing health science students on global health education programs in ways that are socially responsible and financially just. CFHI operates programs in six countries (Bolivia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, and South Africa). For more information on individual country programs, the CFHI application process, requirements, and deadlines, please consult the CFHI website.


The Millennium Village Project 


The Millennium Village Profect offers interested students an opportunity to build capacity to work towards developing a solid foundation for sustainable growth in rural, resource-poor African countries. The Millennium Villages provide a structure through which to fight poverty at the village level by empowering community members and fostering community-led development. As the needs of each village can be met by implementing solutions that are both practical and affordable, the MVP functions to provide communities a ‘hand-up,’ not a ‘hand-out,’ ensuring a sustainable approach towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 and ending the poverty trap.

The MVP consists of a cohort of 400,000 individuals across 12 sites in 10 African countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda). The MVP works directly with communities, non-governmental organizations, and national governments and is led by the science, policy and planning teams at The Earth Institute, Millennium Promise and the United Nations Development Programme.

Indian Health Services (IHS)

The Indian Health Services <> (IHS) is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS currently provides health services to approximately 1.5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to more than 557 federally recognized tribes in 35 states. Additional information can be at the following: and

Student interested in spending between 4-8 weeks at one of the IHS clinics in New Mexico should contact Dr Finkel. A Weill Cornell graduate based in New Mexico serves as the clinician-mentor.

Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health agency with more than 100 years of experience in working to improve health and living standards of the countries of the Americas. It serves as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and is part of the United Nations system. 

The purpose of the PAHO Internship is to provide students with an understanding of global health issues and the role of international organizations in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other health issues. PAHO Interns are ‘trainees’ matched with appropriate technical units based upon the individual’s interests and skills. Interns can be placed in the Washington, DC headquarters or one of the PAHO country offices or scientific centers in the Region. 

In addition to completing individual projects, past Interns have worked collaboratively on group projects (e.g., organizing student-led panel discussions with experts from sister institutions, hosting fundraisers, writing an Intern newsletter); attended brown bag sessions to learn from and interact with health technical experts, and to understand the depth of the Organization’s work in the Americas; and visited sister organizations such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Capitol Hill. 

Students interested in learning more about the internship options available at PAHO and receiving application materials should contact Ms. Kerouani at  

World Health Organization 

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

WHO internships are available in a wide variety of areas related to the technical work of WHO (e.g., Family and Community Health, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Health Systems and Services, etc.). The WHO Internship Information Sheet ( provides links to WHO-related websites and an overview of the technical work completed by WHO. Students should review this information and specify a suitable area on concentration when preparing application materials.

Students should visit the WHO Internship site ( to learn more about the requirements, deadlines, and application procedures. The duration of the internship is approximately 6 – 12 weeks.

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