COVID-19 Updates

Visit UC San Diego's Coronavirus portal for the latest information for the campus community.

Global Health

UCSD offers a number of unique global health opportunities, both locally, given UCSD's proximity to the US-Mexico border (which is just a 20 minute drive from the UCSD Hillcrest Hospital!) and globally. Med/Peds residents are able to attend a variety of activities, from teleconferences to local global health opportunities in San Diego or Tijuana, to completing rotations in different countries around the world!

International Educational Conferences and Events

International Morning Teleconferences

As part of the Med/Peds program at UCSD, residents are able to participate in and attend international teleconferences while rotating on both internal medicine and pediatrics. While on internal medicine, Med/Peds residents attend monthly teleconferences in collaboration with the internal medicine residency program at Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. Residents from UCSD and those from Mozambique take turns each month presenting the initial evaluation, workup, diagnosis and treatment of a case from their respective institution. Med/Peds residents also have the opportunity to travel to Mozambique for 1-2 months; see below for more details.

While rotating through pediatrics, Med/Peds residents attend monthly teleconferences done in collaboration with the Hospital Civil de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico. Residents from Guadalajara present the evaluation, workup, diagnosis and treatment of a case seen there in Spanish; fluency in Spanish is not required to attend, as medical translators are present to translate the case to UCSD residents and faculty. These presentations also alternate between those given by UCSD residents. Med/Peds residents also have the opportunity to travel to Guadalajara for a 1 month rotation; see below for more details.

Cultural Immersion Days

These are a series of afternoon sessions held on Pediatrics, designed to increase resident understanding of the many cultures present in the San Diego area and how these and other societal factors can contribute to child health. Examples of cultural immersion days include Traditional Mexican Healing, Military Families, and LGBTQ communities. These are organized by the Pediatricians and Community Collaborating Together (PAACT) program, which also hosts other events to promote cultural awareness, such as movie nights.

International Experiences

Local Opportunities

 Through pediatrics, Med/Peds residents are able to complete the Think Locally, Act Globally elective. This unique elective allows residents to work in a variety of settings in San Diego as well as in Tijuana, Mexico, and provides exposure to the diverse cross-border immigrant and refugee populations in this area. The rotation is 2 weeks in length, and includes a required reading list and modules to help further develop the residents' skill set.

UCSD International Health Collective (IHC): Free Clinic in Tijuana, Mexico

Residents in the Med/Peds program have the opportunity to volunteer at the UCSD IHC free clinic in Tijuana, Mexico. The clinic is held on the first Saturday of each month from 8a-4pm, and approximately 100 pediatric and adult patients are seen during the course of the day. Residents staff patients with UCSD faculty who are present at the clinic. The clinic is student-run and provides free medical care and health education to families without access to healthcare. Visit their website for more details: 

Resident Exchange with Guadalajara, Mexico

Med/Peds residents have the opportunity to participate in a 1 month away rotation in Guadalajara, Mexico as part of a bidirectional exchange program. The rotation takes place in the Hospital Civil de General, a teaching hospital of the Universidad de Guadalajara. The rotation is set up through the pediatrics program at UCSD, but Med/Peds residents may be able to see adults during their rotation as well.

Resident Exchange with Maputo, Mozambique

Med/Peds residents also have the opportunity to participate in a 1-2 month elective in Maputo, Mozambique as part of a bidirectional exchange program with the UCSD internal medicine residency program. The rotation takes place in Mozambique's capital, Maputo, at the main hospital in the city. If taken as a two-month elective, the resident is expected to complete a research project in Maputo. Since the inception of the exchange program, over 110 UCSD residents have gone to Mozambique, and over 20 residents from Mozambique have traveled to San Diego! Though the rotation is set up through the medicine program, Med/Peds residents are often able to see both adult and pediatric patients while in Maputo.

Other International Opportunities

Other available international opportunities include select 1-month electives in Kampala, Uganda or Shanghai, China through the pediatrics department. Med/Peds residents have also set up electives in locations such as Egypt, Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands, Chile, Haiti, and more. Med/Peds residents are able to pursue a total of 2 months of away electives or research during their 4 years of residency.