Spring 2024


Zheijian University School of Medicine
Zhejiang University School of Medicine

GHP has established a relationship with Zhejiang University School of Medicine in Hangzhou, approximately two hours southwest of Shanghai. There are six affiliated hospitals that are the main teaching hospitals for the School of Medicine, providing a full range of medical services in almost all the major specialties and subspecialties, in addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

In the spring of 2024, depending on travel policies in China, GHP will be offering a three-week clinical experience to senior medical students at affiliated teaching sites of the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. In most cases, the elective will include two weeks at The Second Affiliated Hospital, a modern 2,000 bed tertiary-care hospital located by the picturesque West Lake in Hangzhou.

Drs. Louie Wang '23 and Victoria Chen '24 share insights from their global health clinical rotation in China.

Inked Ultrasound on rounds
DGSOM graduate, Louie Wang '23 conducting an inked ultrasound during rounds.

Students may spend one week on a specialty service of their choice, participating in rounds and case conferences, and seeing patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Students may also spend one to two weeks on the Traditional Chinese Medicine service, learning about the traditional treatment of common diseases, acupuncture, and Chinese massage. During the last week of the rotation, students are paired with medical students from Zhejiang University to spend time together in a community clinic setting about three hours away from Hangzhou. In this setting, students are exposed to health screening and promotion in primary care, maternal health, and child health clinics.

The rotation in China has been developed with formal goals and objectives. We are seeking students with an interest in learning about different health care systems, about Traditional Chinese Medicine, and about health service delivery in both urban and community settings. Students will be expected to demonstrate the highest level of maturity, professionalism, and cultural humility. Students will be supervised by attending faculty members and will work alongside residents and medical students from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. Based on past student experiences, conversational Mandarin is highly desirable for this rotation.


Students will receive roundtrip airfare and $500 of additional support for the China clinical rotation. These funds will offset the cost of travel-related expenses. Students will need to cover the remaining expenses from other funds, as the cost of this rotation will likely exceed the amount provided by GHP.

Interviews for this elective will take place on Saturday, September 9, 2023, and limited time window(s) after September 9th. Students selected for this rotation are required to participate in a mandatory full-day pre-departure training program in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 10, 2024. Upon return home from China, students will be expected to provide feedback through written evaluations and to participate in a mandatory lunchtime feedback session on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Separate from this, students will be asked to attend a site-specific debrief to be arranged upon return from China and prior to graduation.

Rotation dates for this elective have been confirmed. Students applying to this three-week elective must be able to commit to this elective from March 18, 2024, through April 5, 2024. Note that a March 18 start date will require departure from the U.S. by March 16, 2024, at the latest.

Questions regarding this rotation should be directed to Dr. Traci Wells at TWells@mednet.ucla.edu.

Map of Hangzhou, China