School of Medicine

Physician Assistant Studies - Program

International Elective

The Physician Assistant Studies program offers students the chance to study via an international rotation of their choice. These study opportunities allow students to broaden their awareness of health issues in a global context as well as gain practical clinical experience.

ThailandThailand Rotation  

In 2003 UPAP initiated the Thailand International Elective (TIE). TIE is intended to interest PAs in careers in International Health and to broaden their didactic skills and clinical knowledge. TIE accepts the invitation of government agencies, universities, foundations, and NGOs to visit health care programs and receive lectures in topics relevant to international health from experts in their field.   Read more…

NepalNepal Elective

This elective rotation provides a journey in the western Annapurna circuit, village health and teaching, rural and urban clinical work, introductory language skills, and exposure to the culture and history of Nepal. Nepal International Elective 2019 will take place during the month of April. The elective location for the first 10 days is Pokhara, Nepal with rotations at a local Hospital during the day and then later afternoon introductory Nepali language classes for 1 hour for the students and faculty. The second half of the elective is located in the Annapurna Conservation Area village of Gandruk which has a rural health post. The team will perform outreach health camps and screenings in the villages surrounding Gandruk. Cultural opportunities during free time include a trek to Poon Hill, and cultural sites in Katmandu.

This program requires travelers to participate in strenuous activities. The strenuous activity associated with this program is trekking in the Himalayas. If you are not able to participate in this activity, alternative activities may be available. Accommodations can be requested by contacting the Disability Services Center at 801-581-5020, your Learning Abroad Coordinator at 801-581-5849, or the Faculty Director. Accommodations must be requested in advance. Participants will not be reimbursed for activities in which they do not participate.   Read more…

GuatemalaGuatemala Rotation

While in San Lucas University of Utah Physician Assistant students will participate in rural outreach clinics under the supervision of community health promoters and University of Utah faculty. The San Lucas Health Project aims to improve the accessibility, continuity, and prevention strategies of healthcare in the communities around San Lucas.   Read more…