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Evaluation of the UCLA Department of Medicine Malawi Global Health Clinical Elective: Lessons from the First Five Years

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  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California; Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Statistics Core, and Program in Global Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, California

In 2008, the UCLA Department of Medicine established a three-week clinical elective in Malawi, Africa, for Medicine and Medicine/Pediatrics residents. We sought to determine whether the elective resulted in improved medical knowledge, alterations in career trajectory, and whether the opportunity for the elective influenced selection of UCLA for residency. A 29-question survey was distributed to all graduates of the elective from 2009–2013. Surveys were distributed to 40 individuals, with 33 responses (82.5%). Thirty-one participants (93.9%) reported increased medical knowledge and 24 participants (72.7%) reported the rotation altered their career trajectory. Among the 23 residents who came to UCLA after the elective was established, 13 (56.5%) stated it had an influential role in their selection of UCLA for residency. The Malawi elective resulted in self-reported increases in medical knowledge, alterations in career trajectory, and has played an important role in attracting individuals to UCLA for residency.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Hannah Shull, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095. E-mail: hshull@mednet.ucla.edu

Financial support: This study was supported by the National Institutes of Health/National Center for Advancing Translational Science UCLA Clinical and Translational Institute Connections grant no. UL1TR000124.

Authors' addresses: Hannah Shull, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, E-mail: hshull@mednet.ucla.edu. Chris Tymchuk and Jodi Friedman, Department of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, E-mails: ctymchuk@mednet.ucla.edu and jfriedman@mednet.ucla.edu. Tristan Grogan, Department of Medicine Statistics Core, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, E-mail: tgrogan@mednet.ucla.edu. John Hamilton, Program in Global Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095, E-mail: jhamilton@mednet.ucla.edu. Risa Hoffman, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, E-mail: rhoffman@mednet.ucla.edu.

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