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IMPORTANT: Pre Departure Training



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Pre Departure Training is mandatory for any students who will be travelling outside of Canada and identifying themselves as medical students from the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at any level of training.

•    Members of student groups
•    Students organizing their own clinical or research experiences either abroad or in low resource setting within Canada

There may be exceptions for students travelling to high income countries (i.e. USA, UK etc) but these are determined by the Office of Global Health on an individual basis.


Training covers a diverse range of topics including: Language competency, Ethics, Medical Safety, Cultural Competency and Travel Safety.

Each student will have to attend 3 individual sessions before their global health experience:
1. Office of Global Health, Schulich School of Medicine PDT session: January or April (3 hr session)
2. Western International: Health and Safety Session (1 hr session completed in the year of travel)
3. Western International: Cultural Adaption Session (1 hr session)


Session 2: April 9, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. (London and Windsor)
Registration from March 3 - 31, 2014. Register online here.
Location: London - MSB 148, Windsor – MEB 3130

Western International Sessions (ONLY offered in March):
1. You can find the dates that the sessions are offered on this website
2. When you find a date that works you can login into Career Central
3. Go to the Events calendar to select the session that works for you, and click 'Register'

Participation with Western International is being recorded, and your Pre-Departure training will not be considered complete until these modules have been completed.

If you are a Windsor student:  Please contact the Office of Global Health to arrange completion of the Western International PDT session from Windsor.
There only a few sessions offered, so if you aren't able to make it to any of the sessions please fill out this form: the PDT committee is working on a solution in case of such a problem.


PDT is designed to provide students with the information to help them work effectively, safely and respectfully in a cross-cultural setting.

Questions? Please contact:

Dr. Leah Mawhinney,
Academic Director Global Health International Learning

Matthew McNevin,
Canadian Federation of Medical Students, Local Officer of Global Health Education
Pre-Departure Training Student Organizer

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