Overview

Would you like to have a preclinical or clinical experience in a developing country health system to enhance your medical, nursing or public health education?

Our Health Electives in Rwanda and Kenya for international students in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences offer a variety of preclinical, clinical, global health and research opportunities at Rwandan or Kenyan hospitals and host organizations. Placements are tailored to your qualifications and interests. Clinical rotations are particularly available to final-year medical students who desire to meet their medical school elective abroad requirements.

Host sites include university teaching hospitals, other select urban and rural hospitals and health centers, as well as public health-related government institutions such as the Rwanda Biomedical Center and NGOs.

In addition to the placement, you will benefit from a pre-placement orientation, a weekly classroom or field session with interdisciplinary training, and a weekly formal supervisory meeting.

Custom placements are available year-round, with flexible durations (minimum 4 weeks). A special summer placement option (5 weeks or 9 weeks) starts on June 30 and includes a safari experience.
 
 
Highlights:

  • Combine a highly relevant global experience with professional skills development and cultural immersion.
  • Work with African colleagues and develop your intercultural communication skills, confidence and adaptability.
  • Gain new insight through a unique African perspective on healthcare in developing countries.
  • Explore the progress and challenges towards development of a leading African success story.
  • Broaden your personal and professional network, and build lasting international friendships.

 

What’s Included?

  • Placement and supervision at a host institution
  • Pre-placement orientation
  • Weekly interdisciplinary training session
  • Weekly meeting with the placement supervisor
  • Accommodation – either in a host family with breakfast and up to 5 dinners per week (what to expect) or at a local guesthouse with breakfast
  • Personal meet & greet at the airport and transfer to the host family or guesthouse
  • 24/7 emergency support by GEI staff

 
 

What Isn’t?

Not included are the transportation to/from the destination airport (including international airfare and taxes), visas, immunizations, health insurance, transportation outside of the orientation days, meals outside of the orientation days and the homestays, personal expenses and other extras.
 
 

Academic credits

Academic credits are available in some cases at an additional fee from the U.S. academic school of record.
 
 

Enrollment requirements

Students should have already acquired a theoretical foundation and preferably a practical skill set in their discipline. To be eligible to apply for this course, students can be enrolled in medicine, nursing, public health and other health sciences. Enrollment is generally reserved for juniors, seniors and graduate students, or by consent of the faculty sponsor. Professionals are welcome to apply for participation without credits.
 
 

Course requirements and student evaluation

  • Course participation and engagement (40%)
  • Weekly reflective journal or blog (15%)
  • Placement report (15%)
  • Essay relating to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (30%)

 
 

In-country faculty sponsor


Francoise Uzamukunda
, a Rwandan native, is the Faculty Sponsor for our Clinical Rotations and other health placements in Rwanda. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the reputable University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and has previously worked as a teacher trainer. Over the course of her professional and academic career, she has held various leadership positions and actively engages with several women’s organizations.
 
 

Esther Mbau
, a Kenyan native, is the Faculty Sponsor for our Clinical Rotations and other health placements in Kenya. She is a counselling psychologist and professional trainer by profession and coordinated a regional counseling center and training institute prior to joining GEI. She is known in Kenya due to various TV appearances on national TV stations NTV and K24, where she offers professional views on issues such as effective parenting, dealing with trauma, loss & grief, and sexual abuse issues.
 
 

Location

The course gateway in Rwanda is Kigali, Rwanda’s political, economic and cultural center, and one of the cleanest, greenest and safest capital cities in Africa. Placement options include the university teaching hospitals in Kigali and Huye, Shyira District Hospital in the northwest, Biryogo Health Center in Nyamirambo, and various other institutions and NGOs. Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.

The course gateway in Kenya is Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and the undisputed powerhouse of East Africa. Placement options include the university teaching hospitals in Nairobi, Tenwek Mission Hospital, and various other institutions and NGOs. Students live either in a host family or at a local guesthouse.