IMED662PM.01 (Reno)
International Medical Experience

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: International Medical Experience
  • Short Name: IMED662PM.01 International Experience
  • Course Number: IMED662PM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Christine McHardy BSW
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 4 weeks
  • Preceptor: Harry Hull, MD

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • Compare and contrast healthcare in another country with your experience in the US.
  • Identify specific challenges of providing cross cultural medical care including the social and economic aspects of disease.
  • Work alongside local healthcare workers to provide care to patients in another country.
  • Reflect upon your experience in the country and compose a 1000 word reflective essay detailing your experiences and impact on your education.
  • Identify some specific and achievable needs of the community that future UNR Med students could help meet.

Description of Rotation

Preparation for international experiences should begin at least 4 months in advance.


This 4-week elective is an international medical experience with the non-profit organization, Advocates for Rural Health (ARCH). Students will work in community health clinics located in Uganda. Students will learn about the health care needs of the community and work alongside national healthcare providers to help provide care. They will be supervised by a local physician and receive an evaluation. ARCH will provide housing and other support while in the country. This is a competitive elective as the space is limited. An application will need to be completed and all the necessary forms for UNR travel will need to be completed. A committee will approve and determine the participants depending on both academic performance and professional traits. Because of the amount of preparation required, the deadline for signing up may differ from the other electives at UNR Med.
Students must travel in a minimum grouping of 2 students which will therefore require a team commitment by students.

VSLO Global Network

Rotation descriptions and other considerations depend on location and specialty. As with the ARCH-Uganda experience, each rotation must be reviewed with the Preceptor.

Evaluation Method

Submit a one-page written report describing the experience, including: what experience was gained, who the attending faculty were, who else did you interact with, what patient population(s) were served, recall a memorable patient encounter, and why you would or would not recommend the experience.

The essay should be well written with proper grammar and content.

Please include the program identifiers as displayed in VSLO, if applicable. An evaluation by attendings is also required to receive a grade. Link to Clinical Performance Evaluation

An honors level essay is required for an honors evaluation.

UNR Med's Clinical Performance Evaluation will be completed by the on-site preceptor and submitted to the course coordinator for final grade determination and comments.

Grade: Honors/High Pass/Pass/Fail


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives