Malawi International Medicine Elective

John Podgore, DO, MPH, Professor TCOM Department of Pediatrics established a clinical elective site in Lilongwe Malawi which offers 4 - 6 week annual student clinical rotations January through March.

The rotations are located in the capital of the east African country of Malawi and are linked to two general hospitals, a community health clinic, and several rural outreach clinic stations. Dr. Podgore or a designated U.S. licensed physician/TCOM faculty member will be present at the elective site to act as mentor for students and residents on this rotation.

The international clinic rotation was developed to provide UNTHSC students and other medical trainees with an opportunity to experience health problems and issues that transcend national borders and to gain first-hand knowledge of the emerging importance of global health in medical education and practice.

Malawi Rotation Expenses

  The general elective fee for 1 month is $500.00 and includes the following: 

  • Housing and meals
  •  Airport pick-up
  •  Mentorship 
  • Laundry
  •  Scheduled program transportation 
  •  Internet services (located in the hospital)

Additional Expenses

  • $100.00 student registration fee to Malawi Medical Council 
  • Approximately $60 - $120.00 medical and emergency evacuation insurance policy (to be completed prior  to departure)     
  • Additional spending money for miscellaneous snacks and meals away from the hospital
  • In country recreation 
  • Safaris
  • Gratuity for houseboy at end of elective
  • Flights to Malawi/cheapest is usually on Ethiopian Air.
  • DFW >Toronto>Lilongwe>Malawi ($1,200 - 1,800 depending on season)


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This page last updated 08th Oct 2013