Pediatric Residency Program International Electives
Pediatric Residency Program International Electives

The pediatric residents at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics have the opportunity to travel internationally to experience the practice of medicine in other countries. The experiences of our residents have been rewarding and enlightening.

Recently, residents have traveled to destinations including Peru, Ghana, Cameroon, Malawi and China. Children's Mercy faculty have established relationships with children's hospitals in Panama City, Panama and in Guangzhou, China in hopes of further encouraging international medical experiences and education. Stipends are available for travel-related expenses. Learn more >>


Cameroon - 2010

Cameroon - 2010

Panama City, Panama - 2010

Ghana -2010

Cameroon - 2010

Cameroon - 2010

Ghana - 2010

Panama City, Panama - 2010


"If you feel passionately about international health, serving the underserved, and growing as a health care provider, all you have to do is block off the time and step outside the box. After one trip, I knew this was something I felt called to do. Medicine is a profession of service whether to your community or the world around you. Make sure you make time for that."
Salwa Sulieman, Chief Resident

"I believe international service becomes more fulfilling when you have a specific project in mind. However, it likely will take multiple trips in order to understand the culture and implement your design, which can become frustrating to Americans looking for an immediate result."
Kate Chastain (Alumni, 2010)

"I lived the day-to-day life as others do in a third-world country. My trip to Peru will always be remembered as the trip that made me appreciate the gifts I have been given in life more than any other experience."
Carrie Dell (Alumni, 2010)

"I gained much more than I gave in Lesotho. I was reminded of how much suffering occurs daily in many parts of the world. Most of the children I saw were battling AIDS and had lost one or both of their parents to the same disease. Yet, the children continued to smile and the families were gracious for everything the doctors at the clinic were trying to do. It is very humbling to see so many people making the best of horrible situations. At that same time, it serves as an inspiration to value all of the opportunities available and to work harder, learn more and give back to those who may need it."
Jennifer Goldman (Alumni, 2009)

"International Electives are invaluable personally and professionally. You will see differences in culture, medical diagnosis and medical treatment that will stay with you throughout all your years in medicine."
Jenna Miller (Alumni, 2010)

"I am truly thankful to live in a country where technology and access to health care is possible. I wish any parent who does not want to vaccinate his/her child could spend one day in an underdeveloped country to see children suffering from tetanus, meningitis, pneumonia and so many other preventable diseases. I'm starting to process all of this, what it means and how it applies. It's not that the mothers in Ghana love their babies any less or that they are any less excited when they are expecting. They live in a country where health care and access is limited and disease is prevalent."
Jennifer Flint (Alumni, 2010)

" It was a wonderful experience to see how medicine is practiced elsewhere in the world! It was also quite enlightening to see the path of residents in another country. The nice thing was also to compare medicine with another country."
Alan Chan (Alumni, 2011)

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