Washington, D.C., July 15, 2013—Recognizing an increasing need to treat different patient populations, develop cross-cultural understanding, and learn about health systems and approaches to medical care delivery in other nations, the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) today announced a new initiative to facilitate cross-border engagement for medical students and faculty.

Consisting of a network of U.S. and international medical schools, the association’s new Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO®) Collaborative (pronounced “glow”) provides final-year medical students in the U.S. and abroad with international opportunities to pursue clinical, research, or public health electives. The program also promotes faculty engagement and development of increased global awareness and understanding by allowing faculty to become better acquainted with medical students and patient care practices from cross-cultural perspectives.

“The AAMC recognizes that with ever-increasing globalization in medicine, students and medical schools are increasingly seeking ways to incorporate international electives into their medical education,” said Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., AAMC president and CEO. “The GHLO Collaborative provides institutions and students with the capacity to develop and manage such programs.”

GHLO provides participating institutions with access to many services, including a Web-based application service designed to foster collaboration between U.S. and international medical schools. The service streamlines the application process for cross-border medical school electives available to final-year medical and public health students by facilitating mobility to and from the U.S.—and from one international site to another—and enables home schools to endorse student applications and track progress. Additionally, it allows host institutions to publish and manage elective offerings, as well as manage student selection and evaluation.

Institutions in the GHLO Collaborative are participants in an innovative global network that acknowledges the value of cultural contexts in medical education. The Collaborative facilitates educational mobility of health professionals and promotes standardization of quality. An additional benefit of engagement is the opportunity for participating institutions to enhance dialogue, exchange ideas and best practices, and conduct joint research toward innovation and global understanding through a professional networking platform.

In addition to the 24 institutions from 15 countries that participated in GHLO’s pilot phase, the program has already received more than 20 additional applications from countries across the globe. Institutions that are interested in expanding their global reach are encouraged to apply to the GHLO Collaborative (applications are processed on a rolling basis). Students must attend a GHLO institution in order to participate in the program. To search and apply for electives, students will need to contact the GHLO administrator at their institution to gain access to the application service.

For more information about the GHLO Collaborative and to learn about eligibility requirements and related fees, visit www.aamc.org/ghlo or send an e-mail to GHLO@aamc.org.


The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and nearly 90 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians. Additional information about the AAMC and U.S. medical schools and teaching hospitals is available at www.aamc.org/newsroom.

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO™)
GHLO™ is an AAMC service designed for final year international and domestic medical students applying for clinical and research electives.

Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO™)


Brooke Bergen

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