Pre-Departure Training

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Pre-departure training has proven to be an essential component of international work within the international development sector of governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations. The rising interest in global health issues among young Canadians has led to increased participation in international electives. Thus, the Global Health Program at the Faculty of Medicine feels it is important to offer a pre-departure training to medical, nursing, graduate and postgraduate students at the University of Ottawa. The objectives sought to be covered in this training include personal health, travel safety, cultural awareness, language competencies and ethical considerations.

Pre-Departure Training is a free session that take place 3 times per year in the Fall, Winter, and Spring .

Open Registration:

Fall:October 2, 2019

Winter: January 18, 2020

Spring: Date coming soon

We recommend that students complete the training during their first year of medical school for the following reasons:

  • The training is valid for their entire Undergraduate Medical Education and will not need to be repeated during this time.
  • There are fewer opportunities in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year schedules.

Pre-departure training is a MANDATORY requirement in order to be approved for an international elective.


Educational Modules

As part of pre-departure training, students will also complete five on-line modules.

The online modules can be completed by following these steps:

  1. Register on the AGHN website. Once you are registered you can enrol in the education modules by clicking on the education tab.
  2. You will complete the 5 following modules:
  • Introduction to global health
  • The ethical responsibilities of global medical volunteerism
  • A guide to personal safety
  • The social determinants of health
  • Cultural competency

Certificates of completion should be sent to the global health program coordinator.

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