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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: Natalie Rollman, Family Medicine Electives Student Education Coordinator (fammeded@iupui.edu)

Director: Ruben Hernandez Mondragon, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Private Office (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Distinguish health disparities, determinants, and solutions that go beyond national borders (MK7)

  • 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 (PC4)
  • 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).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th Year

Availability with Max Students per Month:


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: Natalie Rollman, Family Medicine Electives Student Education Coordinator (fammeded@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH. Students must contact Natalie Rollman (fammeded@iu.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