Global Health Elective

Clinical rotation in Guatemala for residents and fellows

The Guatemala (Trifinio) Global Health Elective consists of a one month clinical rotation which occurs in the Southwest Trifinio area of Guatemala, at the Center for Human Development Clinic (CHD). Collaborations between the Fundacion para la Salud Integral de los Guatemaltecos CU, the Regional Hospital in Coatepeque and University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty are well established for a number of Departments including Pediatrics, OB/GYN, Laboratory Medicine, Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, and Nursing Midwifery.

The elective is structured and focuses on clinical, research and educational activities. The elective is supervised by faculty members in the respective departments who will serve as your mentor and Dr. Antonio Bolaños, the Director of the CHD Clinic at the Trifinio. 

A maximum of two residents/fellow slots are available per month. Availability is not guaranteed for all months as availability depends on faculty availability for supervision, coordination of slots among numerous other programs, and other external factors.

Frequently asked questions

Helpful links

Download the application form. Once complete, email your application to your department program coordinator. (You may find a list of department program coordinators and contact information below.)

Upon review, the Center for Global Health will contact you with further instructions.

  • Pediatrics & Med-Peds: Mar 23
  • Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology: Rolling basis

Review all travel information and checklists.


The travel advisory for Guatemala can change at any given moment. Please make sure you check and review the current travel advisory level prior to your trip.

Please exercise caution when traveling outside of the project site. If anything were to happen, the University of Colorado and Guatemala project site are not liable. 

Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive alerts and make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.

Zika Virus

Inform yourself about Zika virus, now endemic in Guatemala. The CDC has issued an Enhanced Precautions alert for the country.   

Cristina Del Hoyo, Guatemala Project Specialist, Center for Global Health

Program Coordinators:


Center for Global Health

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

CU Medicine Building

13199 East Montview Boulevard

Suite 310

Mail Stop A090

Aurora, CO 80045

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