Medical Education: ENLACE Global Health Elective, El Salvador

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The ENLACE Global Health Elective: Latin America, El Salvador is a 4-week international global health experience designed to immerse you in a developing country to gain a more direct understanding of the language as well as the systematic, policy and experiential differences between health care in the US and other countries. Only MS-IV students are eligible for this elective.

You think critically about global health challenges and practices while honing your Spanish language skills and working side by side with host country health care providers. Clinical work occurs at community-based health care facilities, non-governmental public health organizations and health promoter organizations. Formal Spanish instruction occurs at a local language school. Due to the individualized nature of the instruction, students at any level of Spanish language knowledge are able to participate in this program.

Program occurs in October, February and April. Minimum of 3 participants; maximum 8.

Program components and requirements include:

Important Dates

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Program Eligibility and Selection Process


Estimated cost: $3,000. This covers all program expenses including room & board, in-country transportation, language school tuition, tips and airfare estimated at $700. Cost could increase if airfare exceeds $700 and/or if there are less than 6 participants.

Program Coordinators

Ivan Villasboa, BA; Javier F. Sevilla, MD; and Jennifer L. Custer, BA. Sr. Villasboa is the Director of CoCoDA, the ENLACE partner organization in El Salvador; Dr. Sevilla is faculty with the IUSM Department of Family Medicine; Ms. Custer is the Program Manager for the ENLACE Project.

For More Information

Contact Jennifer Custer, Program Manager. Phone: 317.274.6539 or

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