Background: International medical electives (IMEs) are entry points to global health opportunities. IME uptake at German universities is unclear. We analyse 14 y of IME.
Methods: Student registry data were collected. Univariate linear regression examined relationships between enrolment year and IMEs.
Results: The median (IQR) number of IMEs of all enrolment years was 54 (32-80) and 51 (38-67)% of all students took an IME. Enrolment year significantly predicted IME frequency and the proportion of students taking IMEs.
Conclusions: Student interest in IMEs is increasing. Universities should invest more broadly in IME opportunities for student, faculty and university enrichment.
Keywords: global health; medical education; medical students.
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