There are plenty of options within our program for residents who enjoy the adventure of travelling and are
interested in exploring the practice of medicine in other countries.
During the 2nd and 3rd year of neurology residency, we have the opportunity to use 7 weeks of our
elective time each year for away electives; some of our residents have also added up to 4 weeks of their
vacation time to travel within the country to enhance the cultural experience.
In the last few years, many residents from our program have worked in various parts of the world –
including India, Nepal, Vietnam, South Africa, Kenya, Peru, Ecuador, China, Singapore, Australia,
Germany, France and the UK.
In order to help future residents with finding and organizing an international rotation, we have created
a constantly expanding database in which we describe our experience and list the contacts for each
rotation with instructions for how to apply as well as additional considerations and tips.
Our program is very supportive in helping residents to set up international electives, assisting with
arranging the logistics and establishing contact if needed. The MGH/BWH travel clinics help to ensure
health related precautions including appropriate immunizations have been taken. Also, the Partners
GMECenter of Expertise in Global and Humanitarian Health exposes residents to the broad range
of clinical and research opportunities in global and humanitarian health and the care of vulnerable
populations. Through lectures, travel grants and mentorship, residents are provided the chance of
exploring the breadth of global career pathways. The Center provides twenty $2000 travel scholarships
annually to support meaningful international training experiences for Partners trainees.
In the next years, our Neurology residency is aiming to expand our international program by establishing
partnerships with other institutions abroad (with joint teleconferences), creating additional funding
opportunities to support our residents' travels and consolidating collaborations with the major Global
Health Organizations within the Partners system (such as Partners in Health).