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Mozambique Elective


The UC San Diego Internal Medicine Residency Program's Global Medicine elective offers second- and third-year categorical residents the opportunity to engage in clinical and research activities at a UC San Diego-affiliated medical center in Maputo, Mozambique.

All categorical residents have the opportunity to go to Mozambique for 1-2 months; residents may choose to do their research block in Mozambique, but the total time in Mozambique and on a research rotation at UC San Diego cannot exceed three months.

During their rotation in Maputo, Mozambique, UC San Diego residents work alongside the residents and faculty of the internal medicine residency program at the Maputo Central Hospital, the major teaching hospital for the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) School of Medicine.

Residents on Global Medicine rotation also receive guidance from other Department of Medicine faculty members and fellows.

Global Medicine rotation program faculty and administrators.


  1. To provide UC San Diego internal medicine residents with additional training opportunities in diseases disproportionately affecting resource limited populations.
  2. To promote collaborative research studies in global health.

Since the elective was first offered in July 2009, 100 UC San Diego internal medicine residents have completed the Maputo rotation. In the bilateral exchange of residents and faculty, more than 20 Mozambican internal medicine residents have completed rotations at UC San Diego.

In addition, UC San Diego has hosted numerous faculty members from the UEM Department of Medicine as well as surgeons, the director of pathology, three pathology technicians and parasitology laboratory technicians from UEM.


To Apply

Residents who are interested in this elective should complete and submit an Elective Research Rotation – Global Medicine Form by the middle of the year prior to the year of requested participation in the rotation.

To be eligible for this elective rotation, residents must be in excellent standing within the residency program.

All applicants will be considered.

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