International Exchange Programs
As a Brown medical student or PLME undergraduate student, there are several international exchange programs that you may become involved with, some with funding and others that you have to fund yourself.
An exchange program involves medical students from our exchange school coming to take clinical electives at the Alpert Medical School with "tuition waived." In exchange, PLME and Brown medical students may elect to have tuition waived for projects, courses or research at the exchange institution.
Students receiving funds from Brown University to help defray costs associated with travel abroad are required to complete an electronic Personal Travel Record/Emergency Contact Form, and an electronic Release and Waiver for Brown-Funded Travel. Access these forms.
For programs in Cambodia, China, India, Kenya and the Philippines please read about Your Risk of Tuberculosis Infection.
Alpert Medical School supports international exchange programs with the institutions listed below.
University of Sao Paulo Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin and Dr. Edward Wing
Offered to PLME Undergraduates, 3rd and 4th year medical students.
To express interest, please contact Dr. Susan Cu-Uvin via email email@example.com
Zhejiang University School of Medicine, Hangzhou
Dr. Julianne Ip
Medical students may go to ZUSM for 1 or 2 months on a clinical elective.
PLME undergraduates and medical students may take one of the two 4-week Traditional Chinese Medicine programs in the summer. For 2015, the tentative dates of programs are June 13-July 11, or July 18-August 15. (No TCM program is presently offered in the Winter Break.) The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese preferred (but not required if you are traveling with other students who have some fluency) at a conversational competency to about level of Chinese 500-600 to get the most out of the experience. ZUSM waives tuition, provides room and board. Transportation is provided by the student. The Pang Endowment provides a stipend. Discuss this option with Dean Ip. Download China/Taiwan application. Read student reflections 2015.
Students should read the Guide to Brown University-Zhejiang University Exchange Program in Traditional Chinese Medicine compiled by Jack Cossman MD'15 after his visit to Zhejiang in 2009, updated in 2015 by Elaina Wang '18.
More information about Medical Chinese Opportunities at Brown University click here
University Of Rostock, Germany
Maja von Wedelstedt
Up to 15 PLME/medical students may attend a 2-week mini-course in aging (preference for first-year meds, PLME seniors and juniors). Topic changes from time to time. No pre-requisites but PLME undergraduates sometimes find the material is more medical than they are ready for, however, there are excellent hospital visitations. Tuition is waived and room is provided in a hostel. Some provision is made for board but students must provide their own transportation costs. Application is posted in spring by the PLME Office. PLME undergraduates may apply for an International Health Travel Scholarship. Medical students who are in the Aging Scholarly Concentration may apply for an SA.
An additional 4 students may spend up to 2 months doing clinical electives or research.
University Of Tuebingen Germany
Dr. Elena Lebherz
SUMMER ELECTIVE: Up to 15 PLME/Brown medical students (preference for first-year meds, PLME seniors and juniors) may attend a 2-week mini-course in comparative health care systems and medical ethics held during the summer. Tuition is waived and room is provided. Some provision is made for board but students must provide their own transportation costs. Application is posted in spring by Ms. Hilary Sweigart. PLME undergraduates may apply for an International Health Travel Scholarship. Medical students in the Global Health Scholarly Concentration may apply for an SA. PLME students may extend their stay by taking part in a Skills Lab or research opportunity. Download a Student's Guide to Tuebingen put together by Grace Sun, PLME'16.
CLINICAL ELECTIVES/RESEARCH: An additional 4 medical students may spend up to 2 months in Tuebingen doing clinical electives, research, or a new 1-month summer elective program in Ethics, Clinical Practice and Research.
CRITICAL CARE COURSE: The course has a duration of two weeks (Feb/Mar). After the end of the course interested students could add a clinical elective of variable (max. 6 week) length. Tuition for participation in the program is waived and includes accommodation, lunch money (10 Euro per Day), a ticket for the local transportation, a number of free time activities, books and certificate. Food for reasonable prices is available in the cafeteria at the university’s hospitals. Participants will be provided with single rooms in a guest house. Travel funds of upto $500 may be available from the Department of Medicine (Dr. Gerardo Carino).
- Interactive lectures
- Rounds in the ICU
- Problem-based learning (POL)
- Hand-on training
- Clinical elective
Course material will be the Fundamental Critical Care Support (FCCS) program of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.
Students would participate in teaching rounds in the ICUs which would be focused on issues covered by the actual seminars and lectures.
During rounds students would formulate questions and problems. Each team consisting of one German and one international student chooses one problem and tries to solve it by internet search and discussions with the ICU staff.
Students learn and practice invasive techniques such as insertion of central lines, oral intubation or even ultrasound and endoscopy techniques (bronchoscopy, gastroscopy) in the skills lab or experimental OR
After the end of the course interested students could add a clinical elective of variable length
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
Dr. Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie
Offered to PLME Undergraduates, 3rd and 4th year medical students
To express interest, please contact Dr. Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie via email at KDapaahAfriyie@lifespan.org
University of Ghana Medical School
Dr. Timothy Flanigan
Exchange on hold.
Faculty member: Dr. Timothy Flanigan
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
A Brown medical student may spend 1 or 2 months doing clinical rotations at Techion. The Nathan-Giddon Fellowship funds this endeavor through the Biomed Development Office. For more information, contact Saara Moskowitz, in the Records & Registration, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 401-863-1580.
University of Bologna
Dr. Silvia Degli Esposti
Clinical Elective opportunity in Bologna, Italy. The Alpert Medical School has developed an excellent program with Bologna and it's excellent faculty, particularly in the Surgery department. There will be a month rotation open to AMS students in their 3rd or 4th year of medical school for electives arranged based on your interests.
If you wish to learn more about the Italian medical system while participating in a clinical elective rotation in Bologna, Italy, please contact Dr. Silvia Degli Esposti, (Silvia_Degli_Esposti@Brown.edu).
Kyoto University Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan
Dr. Taro Minami
Dr. Genta Kato, PhD
From Brown - Two Brown students (medical) for one month each per year to attend Kyoto. Tuition is waived and off-campus housing provided by Kyoto along with an $800 travel allowance.
From Kyoto - Two Kyoto students for one month each per year to attend Brown. Tuition is waived. All other fees, living expenses and travel paid by students.
Tokyo Women's Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Julianne Ip and Dr.KeikoTarquinio
Dr. Yoshio Uetsuka, MPH
From Brown - One Brown student (medical) for one month per year to attend TWMU. Tuition is waived and room provided by TWMU along with an $1000 travel allowance. From TWMU - One TWMU student for one month per year to attend Brown. Tuition is waived. All other fees, living expenses and travel paid by students.
Moi University School of Medicine Kenya
From Brown-Twice a year, two-four Brown students go to Moi with Dr. Carter for a one-month rotation. From Moi-Four Moi students come to Brown once a year for two months.
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Nicaragua
Dr. John Foggle
Offered to 3rd and 4th year medical students.
To express interest, please contact Dr. John Foggle via email at John_Foggle@Brown.edu.
National Cheng Kung University School of Medicine (NCKU)
Brown medical students may go to NCKU for 1 or 2 months on a clinical elective. Interested medical students must contact Dr. James Sung in the Department of Pathology at Women & Infants Hospital, after which an application will be provided by Ms. Hilary Sweigart. PLME undergraduates who are interested in Community Health might find a research project through the NCKU Family Medicine/Rural Medicine department. Fluency in Chinese is much preferred but most patients speak the local Taiwanese dialect. NCKU waives tuition and assists with provision of room and board though there may be a small fee. The Luke Charitable Trust fund may provide a travel reimbursement of $1000/month to a maximum of $1500. The student should discuss plans with Dean Julianne Ip before completing the China Taiwan funding application.
More information about Medical Chinese Opportunities at Brown University click here.
A two-week summer course (offered in English) in “Introduction to Chinese Medicine & Cross-Culture Biomedical ethics” at the National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine (Tainan, Taiwan) is offered for Brown PLME students and medical students. In 2016, dates are tentatively July 18-29, 2016. Tuition is covered by NCKU. Housing will be arranged by NCKU at a nominal cost. Total expenses include the plane ticket, food, and out of pocket expenses. Partial funding is available to support the travel to NCKU for the two-week course. Download: Info Sheet; NCKU Application; China/Taiwan Application.