Year 4 Medical Students


Contact for more information
Shannon Benson,


If you are a 4th-year student (we encourage travel later in your 4th year), in good academic standing, and interested in participating in a Global Medical Education and Research (GMER) elective (INMD 7565 - Global Health Abroad) - then now is the time to start planning! 


Sites to consider

Students are encouraged to plan their global health experience at one of GMER's partner sites

If you are interested in a non-affiliated site, Course Director approval is required.



  • You must be in good academic standing.
  • You must be at the international site for a minimum of 4 weeks to be eligible for credit.

Planning process

  1. Schedule your 1:1 meeting with Dr. Kesler by July 1 when planning to travel in spring of the following year. (Contact Shannon Benson,, to schedule.)
  2. Review website for site selection and logistical information
  3. Develop your learning objectives and goals for this experience before the 1:1 meeting.
  4. Contact Shannon if you would like more information about the sites available

Prior to Departure

Now - August 31st

  1. Develop goals and objectives
  2. Contact Shannon to schedule a time to meet with GMER course director
  3. Select your site and confirm placement
  4. Plan your proposed travel dates
  5. Travel Award Applications are due annually on August 31st

September - Until time of travel

  • Gather information RE: the application materials for your chosen site
  • To add INMD 7565 on your schedule complete the schedule change request form.  You will be notified when your schedule is updated.  
  • Complete the   Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety (GAPS) online module, designed for all students who are going abroad and to volunteer in a healthcare setting.  It offers tools and advice on how to get the most our of your experience, without stepping beyond your qualifications and expertise.   
  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) from the US State Department.  
  • Complete the UMN Required  Student Travel Registration  - includes all UMN requirements and international travel insurance enrollment.  
  • Visit a Travel Clinic for vaccinations and health recommendations
  • Check to see if your passport is valid for 6 months beyond dates of travel.
  • If conducting research, consider Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements
  • Final check-in with GMER course director if necessary

While abroad (suggested, not required)

  • Write in a journal for personal reflection

Upon return

  • Submit your Mentor Evaluation  and 2-page reflection essay in order to receive a pass/fail grade. We ask that this is submitted within 30 days of return.
  • Schedule a mandatory debrief meeting with GMER course director.