Ethics and Cultural Humility

 When planning for an international clinical or research experience, it’s important to prepare in advance. Take some time to review the resources below to better identify and navigate some of the ethical and cultural complexities you may encounter while abroad.

  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) guidelines for students and residents on providing patient care during clinical experiences abroad and articles on packing ethics into global health trips.
  • American College of Physicians position paper outlining ethical obligations for short-term global health experiences.
  • The AMA Journal of Ethics issue focused on the Ethics of Global Health “Immersion” in Health Professions Education: Ethical Challenges in Short-Term Global Health Training. This series of cases developed by Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University introduces students and trainees to ethical issues they may encounter while engaging in short-term global health experiences.

Global Health Resources

Below are online tools and resources for global health training and pre-travel preparation. 

A nurse poses for a photo in a hospital.

Practitioners Guide to Global Health is a three-part online course designed to prepare students, trainees, and providers for a global health learning or volunteer experience that is safe, culturally sensitive, and mutually beneficial to both the learner and the host community.

Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety offers online pre-departure training for health care students and faculty advisors.

The Consortium of Universities in Global Health Global Health Competencies Toolkit 2.0 defines competencies for global health education and professional development.