International Elective Rotations for Healthcare

Elective Rotations for healthcare students. International Rotations in Costa Rica & Ecuador. A medical Spanish immersion rotation in your healthcare context.

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Ecuador Medical Spanish Immersion Rotation
Newest Program
Adventure Traveler is medical Spanish immersion in Ecuador
Based in Otavalo

1-2 weeks in length

2 weeks in June
Open to: APN, DO, DPT, MD, MPH, PA, PharmD, RN students
Host family, hotel, or hostel
20 hrs/week language school
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Flexibility for self-directed projects
Great day trips to the Equator, mountain hikes, hot springs, etc.
CME & CE Accredited
Ideal for medical residents and APN students with short elective schedules
Interprofessional mix of fellow students and professionals
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders
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Costa Rica Medical Spanish Rotation
Easiest Flights
Pura Vida Traveler is Spanish immersion in just Costa Rica
Based in Santo Domingo

2-4 weeks in length; you choose!

Every Jan/Feb & July
Open to: APN, DO, DPT, MD, MPH, PA, PharmD, RN students
Host family, hotel, or hostel
20hrs/week Spanish Classes
Tuesday – Thursday medical outreach projects
Optional clinical placements in Costa Rica*
Collaborative community health projects
Flexibility for self-directed projects
Ideal Rotation for: APN students, dental students, medical residents, medical students, PA students, pharmacy students
Great day trips around the Central Valley, amazing beaches & unique eco-tourism in Costa Rica
CME & CE Accredited
Interprofessional mix of fellow travelers
24/7 leadership, coordination & support by Common Ground program leaders

The best international medical Spanish rotation for healthcare students because…

Spanish is the focus, but there is no Spanish language minimum for you to participate. Additionally:

It’s interprofessional. Students from various healthcare specialties rotate with us
It’s a combination of both community health and global health in the same rotation
We partner with local organizations to support their community health projects
You build an appreciation for the complexities of providing medical care to marginalized populations in resource poor settings
You develop an ethical framework for approaching international medical work that is sustainable and which fosters continuity of care for the patient even while you’re not present.
You build comfort and confidence speaking Spanish
You experience Latin American health beliefs, norms and practices
You’re not alone – we’re with you every day making sure you’re well and meeting your rotation goals
You gain a better understanding of cultural norms and values that your Latino patients regard highly. These values may or may not be shared by the sub-culture you grew up in.
Limited space available, reserve your spot today!

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Learn more about the specific international rotation available to you!

MD, DO, PA, NP Elective International Rotation
MD, DO, PA, NP, RN Rotations

When: February & July

Length: 3 & 4 week programs in 4 week block

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PharmD APPE International Rotation

When: June – July/August

Length: 5 & 6 week programs in 6 week block

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Public health practicum in Ecuador and Costa Rica
Public Health Practicum

When: February & July

Length: 3 & 4 week programs in 4 week block,

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Our location in Ecuador

Our programs in Ecuador run in both Otavalo and Quito. Otavalo is a mountainous community famous for its indigenous population and indigenous market. Quito is a modern city nestled in the high mountains of Ecuador.

Our location in Costa Rica

Our programs in Costa Rica are based in Santo Domingo de Heredia. Santo Domingo is a suburb to the north of San José. It’s not a tourist community, it’s perfect for immersion. It also gives us great access to hotspots around Costa Rica

Medical Spanish Immersion & International Rotation Informational Webinar.

This video is 12 minutes, so grab some paper to make notes, and dive in to the details of the best medical Spanish immersion trip for healthcare. In this info webinar you will learn all about:

The purpose and mission of our programs
How the 4 unique components work for you
Our goals for you
3 ways we help you make a difference with your Spanish-only patients
The day to day schedule on immersion
The towns we’re based in
How to be certain if this trip is right for you
Schedule and budget requirements
Program inclusions
Additional budgeting items to consider

Elective International Rotations & Spanish Immersion FAQs:

What if I don’t match for residency while I’m on international rotation with Common Ground?

Great question! Most students that are on international rotation with us during their match day take the morning off and make sure that everything goes smoothly.

If there is any problem with your match, you have as much time as you need to scramble and figure out your residency plans.

Can I modify the length and/or start dates of my elective rotation with Common Ground?

Of course! Most start dates and rotation lengths are very flexible. You’ll want to make sure that you’re still meeting minimum requirements for your home university, but we’ll do all we can to make the rotation accessible for you.

Is this program approved with my school?

Maybe. Maybe not. Either way we’re happy to do the paperwork for you to make sure you get the credit you need with your program.

What are the clinical placements like on this rotation?

Clinical placements are an option in Costa Rica provided you register with enough advance timing in order for us to complete the paperwork and formal submission process on your behalf.

However, most students do not complete a clinical rotation with Common Ground abroad. Most students work with the rest of the immersion team on public health education topics in Spanish.

These public & community health education topics allow you to integrate into local underserved communities and really improve your oral Spanish proficiency.