IU School of Medicine



This elective provides students with an increased understanding of the issues involved in health care in developing countries. The student will work four to eight weeks in a resource-limited country location with a physician preceptor.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jenny Baenziger, MD (jbaenz@iu.edu) and Ron Pettigrew (rpettigr@iu.edu)-- both must be emailed

Director: Jennifer Baenziger, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Various mission, NGO, or academic hospitals throughout the world. In general these locations will be in a low or low-middle income country by World Bank classification. Locations in non-low resource setting will require special consideration.

Other Faculty: Dr. Robert Einterz, Dr. Sarah Stelzner, Dr. Diane Lorant, Dr. Deb Litzelman

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Acquire medical knowledge, clinical skills and relationships with patients by providing care in a cross-cultural setting in which resources are limited and challenges abound (PC1)
  • 2) Practice compassionate, cost-effective medicine in the U.S. by enhanced sensitivity to culture and diversity and increased reliance on physical diagnostic skills (SBP5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; 1. Clinical observation on the wards by on-site preceptor (clinical evaluation by on-site preceptor). The preceptor must complete a clinical performance evaluation form. 2. Completed case log 3. Clinical case presentation with discussion of differential diagnosis (reviewed by on-site preceptor and course director). 4. Eight-page written reflection on clinical experience and practicing medicine in a resource-limited setting (reviewed by on-site preceptor and course director). Guidelines will be emailed prior to the elective. 5. Two-page scholarly analysis of a journal article or a two-page book review (from a list of books provided). Guidelines will be emailed prior to the elective.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status; IUSM Students Only.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 75% Clinical; 25% Written submissions

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS elective is AVAILABLE to INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL of MEDICINE Students ONLY. Details of THIS elective must be specially arranged AT LEAST SIX MONTHS PRIOR to ROTATION. -All participants must have a face-to-face meeting with THE COURSE director before approval for Enrollment is granted. -Enrollment IN THE IUPUI iAbroad system is required. -Students must also attend mandatory orientation sessions IN May of their third year to be eligible for THIS year elective. -THE student is responsible for All travel and living costs. Some financial support for travel May be AVAILABLE FROM outside sources on a competitive basis. Further information regarding financial support is AVAILABLE through Jose Espada IN financial Services.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Site-dependent

Service Learning Included: Yes

Detaials for Service Learning: