International Rotations

A good physician needs to have a world view in this age when cultural diversity is the norm.

That's why fourth-year students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine have the opportunity to expand the depth and breadth of their education by serving and learning in an international setting as part of their clinical rotations.

Students may select from among five established partnerships with hospitals and medical education programs in South Korea, France, India, Ghana, and Russia.

The diversity of the six programs runs the gamut from a rural health clinic in the impoverished village of Kasei, Ghana, to a sprawling medical school with an enrollment of 400 students and a wide scope of medical specialties in Kazan, Russia.

“Each location is a unique opportunity,” said Dr. David Trinkle, associate dean for community and culture. “Students will be exposed to differences in healthcare delivery, communication protocols, working as part of a healthcare team, and the availability of resources. These are practical and enriching experiences that they can take into their clinical practice.”

Two of the five locations, Wonju, South Korea and Saint-Lo, France already have longstanding sister-city agreements with Roanoke.

Scholarship support, donated by Cris and Landa Simmons, is available for the program in Mungeli, India.

Current Rotation Opportunities

A Look at Our Newest International Rotation: Taiwan!

Centre Hospitalier Mémorial de Saint-Lô, Saint-Lô, France

Saint-Lô, a township in Normandy with a population of about 20,000, is a sister city to Roanoke.

Christian Hospital Mungeli, Mungeli, India

Christian Hospital Mungeli is a 120-bed hospital that provides a broad spectrum of medical services, including general surgery, orthopedics, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, intensive care, pediatrics, outpatient medicine, physiotherapy, and radiology, and has a chemotherapy unit under construction.

Kazan State Medical University, Kazan, Russia

With an enrollment of more than 400 students from 30 countries, Kazan State Medical University offers training in an array of medical specialties as well as research opportunities in basic and clinical science. The school is a recognized leader in Russia in developing and implementing new educational technologies.

St. Luke Hospita, Kasei, Ghana

Kasei is a small village in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Several satellite clinics, operated by the Luke Society, offer basic health care and serve as training centers for community health promoters. Each clinic is dedicated to treating the whole person—body, mind, and spirit.

Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine/Wonju Christian Hospital, Wonju, South Korea

Composed of a premedical school, medical school, nursing school, and school of dental hygiene, the Wonju College of Medicine emphasizes Christian-based medical education. The school has 147 full-time faculty members and affiliates with Wonju Christian Hospital, a partnership that enables students to have early clinical training.