Elective Opportunities

One-month electives are available to any residents.  In general, there is a lot of flexibility in terms of opportunities.  Residents can arrange their own elective, providing it is ethically and educationally sound (must be pre-approved by the program director).

Suggested one-month electives include:

  • Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative offers well-organized electives with sites in Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, and Botswana.  Spots typically fill several months in advance, so apply early!
  • Opportunities in tertiary Infectious Diseases in Singapore or Bangkok are available with ID specialists who were fellows at BC Children’s Hospital – ask Dr. Sauve for more details.

Extended electives (3-6 months) are available to senior residents in good academic standing.  We currently have opportunities at the partnership sites listed below.  Additional information is provided based on previous residents’ experiences, but this is to give you an idea only – please note that requirements can change and this information may be out of date.

  • Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa (6 months)
  • Paarl Community Hospital in Paarl, South Africa (3 months)
  • Sydney Children’s Hospital in Sydney, Australia (3 months)
      • Official website
      • This is the only opportunity that is a true exchange, as an Australian resident also comes to BCCH; if timing is coordinated, this also facilitates exchange of living arrangements, vehicle, etc.
  • LAMB Project in northwest Bangladesh (3 months)

Reports from residents who have previously gone on international electives can be found here.

Selection Process
As the interest appears to exceed the available opportunities for the 2014-2015 year, there is a selection process outlined below.  Please note, the deadline for applications for the 2014-2015 academic year has passed.  New information for the following year will be posted when available.

  • Residents must submit a one-page letter of intent explaining their interest in global health, why they wish to undertake this elective, what they think they will learn and how it will contribute to their career goals.
  • If you wish to go to South Africa in 2014-15: Email your letter of intent, along with this application form, to Brian Broom by 4pm on Monday, May 31st, 2013.
  • Letters of intent will be reviewed by the faculty members on the global health committee.
  • Additional factors that will be taken into account include academic performance, and demonstrated contributions to the residency program and/or to global health efforts outside of the program.
  • Residents must be in good academic standing.
  • 6-month electives at Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town are only available to residents who are doing a 4th year of training in general pediatrics, and who have completed their senior ICU and CTU blocks (ie. second half of R3/first half of R4).
  • 3-month electives may be available to residents planning a fellowship in their R4 year; in addition to the letter of intent, residents in this situation must provide an additional explanation of how they propose to meet their general pediatrics training requirements with a 3-month elective.
  • If applications are considered equal, a lottery process will be used to make the final decision.

Clinic in rural Peru

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