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Getting Started

Getting Started 2017Gregory Troutman, SKMC' 20

Basic Steps to Follow


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Decide which country you want to visit and determine what type of educational experience is available: e.g. clinic, research, village or hospital.

Important factors to consider:

  • Funding
  • Room and Board costs
  • Clinical, research or public health options
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Language
  • Credit or non-credit experience
  • Other limitations


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Now that you know where you would like to go and the kind of program you want, you need to find a program that suits your needs. There are three main avenues to accomplish this:

A. Established Independent Programs

There are numerous independent programs available all over the world. You can obtain information on these by searching the web, speaking with students who have previously traveled abroad, speaking with professors in your College or School and by speaking with someone from OIA.

There are many Jefferson instructors, researchers and professors who have ties to programs and contacts in numerous countries. If interested, ask OIA about possible TJU contacts.

B. International Federation of Medical Students Association

IFMSA conducts both clinical and research bilateral exchanges (a student from the country you are visiting will come to the U.S.). There are over 90 member countries in IFMSA and most have exchange programs available. Program fees usually vary greatly and generally include housing, food and social programs. For more information visit their website:

C. Create Your Own Program

If you are unable to find a program that meets your needs, you can create your own program. When creating your own program, make sure you identify a medical advisor or sponsor who will work with you to establish a "program objective".

Creating your own program will obviously require a much bigger time commitment on your part. If you do not have time available, then you might want to look into established programs.

It can sometimes be harder and require more effort on your part to obtain credit for a program of your own design as opposed to a program that already meets the credit requirements. For more information contact the Office of the Registrar (215-503-8734).


Submit an application on our Studio Abroad website. To start your application, please click here. computer 11.23

A complete applications includes the following:

  • Completed questionnaires
  • Letter of acceptance or interest from host program or physician/institution
  • Recommendation by Jefferson faculty sponsor/mentor
  • Completed Budget Sheet of estimated costs
  • Back-up materials detailing the site and/or program


Keep in Mind

There are reports at OIA that students have written detailing their trips abroad. These reports are a great source of information when planning your trip. Students who wish to review these reports can stop by Jefferson Alumni Hall, Suite M-70 or look at them online attached to each program's brochure listed in this website.

Before you decide on a country, make sure you check for any active travel warnings in the area. It is also a good idea to continually check for any updates until you leave for your trip.

Some Jefferson faculty contacts are listed below (see program listings for more options):

            1.    Haiti and Jamaica (Short-term trips of 1-2 weeks)
                Contact: Dr. Deborah Witt, Department of Community and Family Medicine

          2.    Rwanda
                Contact: Dr. James Plumb, JeffHEALTH