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International Rotation Elective

Residents can choose an international site for their PGY-3 ambulatory rotation.  This valuable experience provides a resident with the unique opportunity to practice medicine in a resource-poor setting and to see first-hand the social and economic determinants of health in a global context.   Hopefully this experience will spark an interest in providing further meaningful contributions as a major or ancillary part of their future career in pediatrics.  Prior approval by the program director is mandated and is contingent on the rules as listed in the “Away Rotation Policy” of our House Officer Manual. 

Recommended sites:  Residents can select the site or choose one of the sites where previous residents and faculty members have participated, such as:


1. Project Medishare for Haiti: Hospital Bernard Mevs Volunteer Program



“Project Medishare recruits medical volunteers to mentor and train Haitian medical staff and provide patient care at Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  A minimum one-week commitment from volunteers is requested, but we encourage you to stay longer if possible.”

2. C 2. Clinica Esperanza (

This clinic is located in Roatan, Honduras and provides low-cost/no cost medical care to the people of Roatan.  Patients can receive services from the walk-in medical clinic, women’s health center, pediatrics inpatient hospital, and adult and pediatrics dental clinics, with support from a laboratory and pharmacy. Also provided are outreach clinics and community health education programs. Clinica Esperanza welcomes all levels and types of volunteers: healthcare students and residents (medical, nursing, pharmacy, PA) interested in an International Medical Spanish Immersion Elective; healthcare students and residents (medical, nursing, pharmacy, PA) interested in volunteering outside of an organized elective; and non-medical volunteers (opportunities include marketing, administration, community outreach, and more…).

3. The Lake Clinic, Tonle Sap Lake Cambodia

The Lake Clinic-Cambodia is a Cambodian registered non-government organization dedicated to bringing free basic healthcare, disease surveillance, proper medical referrals, and health education to a severely isolated and underserved region of Cambodia.


Other resources for International Rotations: 

Directories of International Service Opportunities for Pediatricians

AAP Section on International Child Health

International Medical Volunteers Association

Center for International Health

Health Volunteers Overseas

Volunteer International Program Association

Yale/Johnson & Johnson International Scholars Program

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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 American Academy of Pediatrics International Elective Award

Each academic year, the AAP will designate several $1000 awards split in two cycles (number awarded per cycle will be at the discretion of the review committee).  These awards will be given to residents who wish to complete a clinical pediatric elective in the developing world during residency.  Awards are given solely on the basis of the application and the accompanying form from your program director, faculty mentor/advisor, or global health director. Visit for more information.