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December 1989

A 1-Month Elective in international Health for Senior Pediatric Residents

Author Affiliations

Department of Pediatrics University of Arizona Health Sciences Center 1501 N Campbell Tucson, AZ 85724

Am J Dis Child. 1989;143(12):1389-1390. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1989.02150240011001

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Sir.—During the past 10 years the number of inquiries concerning the availability of electives in international health from applicants to the pediatric program at the University of Arizona, Tucson, has been steadily increasing. A review of the personal statements of resident applications for 1989-1990 revealed that 20% (18/91) of the candidates had already had experience in international health, another 7% (7/91) will have had international health experience by the time they start their residency, and 3% (3/91) expressed an interest in international health work. This represents a total of 31%