Armenia Elective

Opportunity for students to do a four-week clinical elective. .

Yerevan, Armenia

St. Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center and affiliated institutions in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia c/o Ara Minasyan, M.D., Chairman, St. Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center, 10 Gurdjian Street, Yerevan, 375056, Tel/Fax. 374-1-63-54-16, E-mail:

Students can pay for lodging at a local hotel in Yerevan, rent an apartment, or stay in the dormitories of the Armenian National Institute of Health.

Russian or Armenian fluency is required.

Boston University School of Medicine has established a medical elective for fourth-year medical students at St. Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center, in Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. The elective is open to medical students from accredited medical schools in the United States and Canada. St. Grigor Lusavorich Medical Center is a leading trauma center for Yerevan, the capital city. The four-week elective includes short rotations in the thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, intensive care, and cardiology services of St.GLMC. In addition, students may elect to rotate through the Pediatric and/or Adult Polyclinics. Available also, subject to advance notice and scheduling, are visits to the Genetics Center and the Armenian National Institute of Health and its affiliated clinics for a perspective on the national health-care system. The intensive care and thoracic surgery departments at St.GLMC have residency programs. Students will be expected to shadow the house officers during their daily rounds of these services. In daily conferences, morning rounds, practical studies and discussions with the preceptor, students will gain an understanding of the practice of medicine in a non-western environment. They will see a strong demonstration of the importance of taking a patient history without benefit of extensive diagnostic testing. Medical education differences will be apparent to the student as well as international efforts to upgrade health care through the transfer of technology to Armenian hospitals. Written evaluation of student performance will be obtained from preceptors. The elective organizers will see that all student evaluation forms are completed and mailed back to the student’s school. Written evaluations of the elective are required of students within one month of completion of the elective. Dr. Ara Minasyan will assume direct responsibility throughout the student’s stay in Armenia; Dicranouhie Ekmekdjian is the International Coordinator who plans the individual’s rotation, individual department or section heads will be responsible for general direction and content of the elective in their departments.

Contact Marie Vartanian, Armenia Partnership Program Boston University School of Medicine 715 Albany St., Room D-918A, Boston, MA 02118, Tel. 617.638.5749, Fax. 617.638.4092 E-mail: Visit the web site for the program: