Pre-departure preparation for international clinical work: a handbook

Int Urogynecol J. 2015 Aug;26(8):1111-3. doi: 10.1007/s00192-015-2682-0. Epub 2015 May 21.


International clinical experiences are increasingly popular among medical students, residents, fellows, and practitioners. Adequate pre-departure training is an integral part of a meaningful, productive, and safe international experience. At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, we have developed a pre-departure handbook to assist practitioners in preparing for global health work. The handbook draws from current global health education literature, existing handbooks, and expert experiences, and includes information about logistical and cultural preparations. While a pre-departure handbook cannot serve as a substitute for a comprehensive pre-departure training program, it can be a useful introduction to the pre-departure process.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research
  • Culture
  • Education, Medical*
  • Global Health
  • Housing
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • International Educational Exchange*
  • Records
  • Safety
  • Travel*
  • Vaccination