Preceptorship: Planning Resources

The following sources of information may be useful in preparing for your clinical preceptorship.

If you haven't checked it out already, also consider taking the University of Arizona Global Health course, a 3-week preparatory course that covers many of the problems you will deal with in a developing country, including infectious disease, nutrition, maternal health, child health, and appropriate technology.  

Recommended clinical books: (the first 3 are pocket books that are easy to carry with you)

Brent A, Davidson R, Seale A. Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine. 4th ed. Oxford University Press, 2014. Available as an e-book from Oxford University Press

WHO. Pocketbook of Hospital Care for Children. 2nd ed. WHO, 2013. Free download from WHO

Heymann DL, ed. Control of Communicable Disease Manual,. 20th ed. APHA, 2014. Now available as a download from APHA or as an App from Unbound Medicine

Nelson BD, ed. Essential Clinical Global Health. Wiley Blackwell, 2015. Texbook includes access to Wiley E-Text. Available from Wiley Press.

Other recommended books

Stephens, ST. How to Plan, Prepare for, and Maximize an International Health Rotation. AAFP Medicine Residents and Students National Conference; July, 2010. Read the PDF

Krogh C. International Health: A Manual for Advisers and Students. Read the PDF

Downing R. Teaching Health in American Medicine: A View from Outside. Read the PDF


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"Key" Websites

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Global Health Opportunities

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) International Health Opportunities Directory

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) Publications and Resources

CDC — Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)

CDC — Travelers' Health

Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA)

Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) International Electives

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)

  • CUGH Resources: Case Studies, Educational Modules, International Training and Education Center for Health, and CUGH Global Health Program Database

Doctors for Global Health

Hesperian Foundation

India: Toward Universal Health Coverage: A series of articles and comments published in The Lancet

Infectious Disease News

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Pacific Health Dialog, the Journal of Community Health and Clinical Medicine for the Pacific