Offsite Rotations (International and Domestic)
Welcome to the University of Michigan's Internal Medicine
Residency homepage for international and rural rotations! This site is intended
to serve internal medicine residents as a one-stop center for arranging these
experiences. Please bear with us while we're under construction.
Goals for an offsite elective:
Complement your experience at Michigan
Facilitate career decisions/planning
Strengthen diagnostic skills
Shift dependency on diagnostic tests
Build further sense of global health needs
Provide service to a community in need
Gain a potentially “life altering experience”
Process and Timeline:
Start looking the fall of the academic year PRIOR to when you want to go.
For example, if you want to go academic year 2012-2013 (7/1/12-6/30/13), start looking in the fall of 2011.
First (Prior to Dec)- Find a site and get excited!
- Sites residents have gone to in the past (international, domestic)
- Presentations residents have done about their offsite rotations
- Other non-UofM websites (external sources for possible sites)
- Watch for travel advisories from the State Department
- See if you can get credit (Rules for offsite rotations)
- See if you can get funding (external links)
Second (Dec)- Talk with program director to discuss away month (Dr. Del Valle for IM, Dr. Lukela for Med-Peds)
Third (Dec/Jan)- Make away rotation request as part of the annual scheduling process)
Fourth- Apply to GME (DUE BY FEB 1)
You must already have written acceptance from the hosting program, defining your dates, included in your application to GME. GME needs a minimum of three months to process your application and finalize a contract for you to sign.
- Fill out the Offsite Application Form
- Fill out the Waiver
- Guidelines for Contracting for GME
- Resident and the residency program (IM or Med-Peds) should work together on the application. Note that the program submits the final application.
Fifth (Feb/Mar)- GME will review the application and notify about acceptance
Note- Sometimes plans fall through on your site's side. If this happens after GME approval, you may be able to arrange an alternate site under the same approval, especially at a place where contacts are already in place to speed the process. Find another place and try again!
Sixth (prior to trip)- Get the necessary vaccinations. Some vaccination sequences take several months to complete so plan ahead. MCARE will cover most vaccines with a copay.
- UofM Travel Clinic
- Occupational Health Services
Finally- Have a GREAT time and take pictures. Share your stories with us when you get back.
Contact the Residency Program at firstname.lastname@example.org
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