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.
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 a 4 to 6-week Traditional Chinese Medicine program. The TCM program may be customized to meet the needs of the student. Fluency in Chinese prefered 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.
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.
More information about Medical Chinese Opportunities at Brown University click here
University Of Rostock Germany
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 Ms. Hilary Sweigart. 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
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.
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.
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
Dr. Kwame Dapaah-Afriyie, KDapaahAfriyie
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
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 Linda Tedeschi, in the Student Affairs Office, via email at email@example.com or via telephone at 401-863-2293.
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, particulary 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).
Tokyo Women's Medical University, Tokyo, Japan
Dr. Julianne Ip nad 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.
Taiwan, Province of China
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. Ms. Hilary Sweigart will provide a funding application after the student discusses plans with Dean Julianne Ip.
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. 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.