Elective Rotations

Our department is very supportive of the residents’ interest in attaining international experience during their training. To assist each resident with the financial burden often associated with traveling abroad, the department subsidizes a percentage of the total expenses incurred.  Additionally, residents may use their education stipend towards elective expenses.   During the third year of residency, our residents are granted 4-5 weeks to do an elective.  Our residents have served in areas, both domestically and internationally, to help patients overcome obstacles that may impede the patients' ability to achieve optimal health and wellbeing.  This experience also helps residents to gain national and global perspectives surrounding women’s health.  Many of our residents have traveled to the following locations:

  • Kericho, Kenya / Kenya Medical Research Institute and Walter Reed Project HIV Program
  • Maputo, Mozambique / Maputo Central Hospital
  • Roatan, Honduras / Clinica Esparanza
  • ACOG Gellhaus Fellowship, Washington, DC
  • UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic Project, San Diego, CA
  • Reproductive Partners Medical Group, San Diego, CA
  • Vietnam, Tu Du Hospital
  • New York, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Tanzania, Shirati Hospital
  • Utah, St. Mark's Hospital

Dr. Marisa Alunni (left) enjoys her elective experience in Honduras

Dr. Katherine Hartzell enjoys her elective experience in Tanzania

Dr. Hartzell gives a talk to medical student on Shoulder Dystocia

Dr. Lynn Ngo (far right) enjoys her elective experience in Vietnam