How to Set Up an IH Elective for 4th Year

The following steps explain how to set up a 4th-year IH elective.

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Step 1: Identify Country and Elective Site

You may choose:

Timeline: You may start the process after the annual third-year class meeting in February (“Developing a 4th-Year Schedule"). Following the publication of your fourth-year schedule of required rotations, the exact dates for your IH elective can be arranged. Allow at least 6 weeks of planning to set up the elective.

Restrictions: BUSM IH Program will not give academic credit for, pay for, supervise, direct, or otherwise support a medical student in a country where a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is in effect. See Travel Warning Policy.

Step 2: Contact the Elective Site and Confirm

Contact the elective site or BUSM mentor (for inside BU elective) about your elective. Discuss the following:

  • Dates of your elective
  • Your responsibilities as a member of the team
  • Language requirements (students must be conversant with the language of the host country unless there is a provision for translators)
  • Goals and learning objectives of the elective

Step 3: Request Letter of Acceptance (for Outside Electives)

If you undertake an outside elective, an e-mail of acceptance from the host institution/mentor is required. This e-mail must be sent to Ana Bediako (abediako@bu.edu) and include:

  • Title of elective
  • Exact dates of elective
  • Complete address/contact information of sponsoring institution and mentor*
  • Whether or not the site regularly hosts students

* be sure to obtain full contact information for the physician who will be supervising and evaluating you.

Step 4: Send Your ADD Form to Ana Bediako Electronically

Download and complete the ADD Form for IH Elective. Send the document electronically to Ana Bediako.

  • If you will undertake an inside elective, Ana will approve the elective and send the ADD form to the Registrar provided a liability form has been submitted (see step #5).
  • If you will undertake an outside elective, you are required to meet with Dr. Sarfaty to get approval for the elective (see step #6). Once Dr. Sarfaty approves the elective, she will give the go-ahead to Ana to send the ADD form to the registrar to add it to your schedule provided a liability form has been submitted (see step #5).

Once the ADD form is received by the registrar, you will see the elective on your schedule within a few days.

Step 5: Print, Sign, and Deliver the Liability Form

In order for your elective to receive final approval, a complete liability form must be submitted to Ana Bediako in A-302 (you may slide under door if Ana is out). You may also send the form to Ana via postal mail to: Ana Bediako, BUSM, Office of Enrichment, 72 E. Concord St., A-302, Boston, MA 02118.

Step 6: If You Will Undertake an Outside Elective, You Are Required to Meet with Dr. Sarfaty to Obtain Her Approval

If you will undertake an outside elective, you are required to obtain Dr. Sarfaty’s approval. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sarfaty by contacting Ana Bediako: abediako@bu.edu; 617-638-4167. There are some exceptions to this; inquire to Ana.

4th-Year Required Rotations: If you plan to undertake a 4th-year BUSM required rotation (Geriatrics, Radiology, Neurology) at an international site, you must submit a Required Rotation Substitution Approval Form to the registrar signed by the course manger of that rotation. For more details on 4th-year schedule guidelines, see the Office of the Registrar web site. Questions regarding the above process may be directed to Ana Bediako (abediako@bu.edu; 617-638-4167).