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Local Global Health Elective

Learn more about global health issues at home

Are you a first or second year medical student looking for a global health elective in Canada? We’re looking for students who want to learn more about global health issues at home to participate in this unique elective.

The Local Global Health Elective is a half-year elective, which complements family medicine placements with community and social service organizations. The elective will help students develop a broad understanding of the health of socially marginalized communities and the services available to address the needs of the people they serve.

The elective's open to first and second year medical students. Placements are available in both Halifax (the Local Global Health Elective) and Saint John (the Social Pediatrics Elective).

Local Global Health Elective for Class of 2021 & 2022

In 2010, Dalhousie University’s Global Health Office and Medical Humanities facilitated the student-led development of a clinical experience that provides medical students exposure to the social determinants of health in Halifax. The Local Global Health Elective is offered to Med I and Med II students in Halifax and Saint John. The main goal of the elective program is to strike a balance between service and learning for medical students as they rotate through a variety of local organizations. These organizations will include a community clinical placement with a family medicine preceptor, a frontline health services placement, and a placement with a social services organization. The students complete these components while being followed by a mentor throughout.

While participating in the program, students develop a broad understanding of health and healthcare provision in socially marginalized communities. Students also gain experience providing community-based health services in diverse environments, as well as general skills in communicating with and treating marginalized peoples. Local organizations benefit from the direct involvement of each medical student and play a valuable role in training future physicians to be more responsive to the needs of marginalized communities and individuals.

For more information please review the one pager summary document [PDF 195 KB] that outlines the program in more detail.

Halifax Students

Spaces in the program are limited, so students must apply for the program.

Application deadline: November 2, 2018 by 4:00pm
Review of Applications: Novermber 5 - 9, 2018
Orientation: January 10th, 2019 (exact date TBD)
Elective begins: January 21st, 2019

For more information about the program, please contact Sarah Peddle in the Global Health Office at sarah.peddle@dal.ca or by phone at (902) 494-8054.

Saint John Students

Please note, this elective is open to first and second year medical students; the fall session is for MED2 and the winter session is for either MED1 or MED 2.

This program is coordinated out of New Brunswick. For more information about the program, please contact Dr. Marianne McKenna, Elective Coordinator, Marianne.McKenna@HorizonNB.ca

Important Program Dates

Application deadlines: TBD
Program Start Date: TBD
Orientation: TBD