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2021-2022 Elective Title: 93YF730 — DOMESTIC GLOBAL HEALTH EXPERIENCE


The elective is a Domestic Global Health opportunity to participate as an advocate in your community . This is a 4 week local experience in Indianapolis with focus on cultural competencies in a global health experience designed to immerse students in direct understanding of the barriers that our foreign born patients face in the local medical system as well as increase the medical knowledge related with travel and tropical medicine. During this course the student will have the opportunity to work in clinics that serve multicultural populations, recent immigrants, refugees as well as observe a travel medicine clinic. They will also have the opportunity to participate in some of the local community organizations that have direct contact with the immigrant and refugee population. The community partner is IUSM Student Outreach Clinic.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jennifer Custer (jcuster@iupui.edu)

Director: Ruben Hernandez Mondragon, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU-Methodist Family Medicine Center (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Distinguish health disparities, determinants, and solutions that go beyond national borders (SBP2)
  • 2) Define the resources, available in the community to assist diverse populations(SBP2)
  • 3) Participate in a highly interdisciplinary experience beyond the health sciences to promote population health (SBP3)
  • 4) Demonstrate cultural competence, understanding of cross cultural dynamics (P2)
  • 5) Create tools that can facilitate the doctor patient interaction in a growing multicultural society (PBLI1)


Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Students will be assessed by direct observation during the clinical encounters and a reflection write up during their service learning experience which would be graded based on standard rubric).


Student will also participate in Health examinations with a federal designated Immigration Physician learning the requirements of a complete Immigration Health examination. The students will be required to complete the series of 3 modules on “A Physician’s Practical Guide to culturally competent care,” a free series of on-line modules endorsed by U.S Department of Health and Human Services https://cccm.thinkculturalhealth.hhs.gov/ Students will spend 2 full days working with physicians in clinics that serve patients with different backgrounds (Africa, Asia, Latin America). 1 day is clinical work with different focus on Travel medicine and Immigration physicals, 1 day is for student to connect with local organizations such as the Exodus Refugee clinic and the Immigrant Welcome center in which they will identify a Service Learning community project based on the organization needs. 1 day is assigned for student to work on the Service Learning project and complete the on-line modules.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th Year

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 30-40

Time Distribution: 60% Clinical; 20% Lecture/Seminar; 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Jennifer Custer (jcuster@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Students must contact Jennifer Custer (jcuster@iupui.edu). This course is open to all campus students, however only takes place in Indianapolis and no housing provided. Student will meet course Director prior to the elective for course requirements and information will also be provided on Canvas.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: During the Service Learning experiences students will have the opportunity to collaborate interprofessional and inter institutional with students from IU Nursing School, IU Law School, IU Social Work School, Buttler University Pharmacy School, Indianapolis University Physical Therapy School.

Service Learning Included: None