1. Preparing for Work in Global Health
Doing an international rotation as a medical student can be really beneficial for multiple reasons. First of all, if you want to do any global health work, the more experience you can get, the better. Having an understanding of different healthcare systems will help you wherever you go, and will even help you out in your own country. On top of that, the more experience that you get abroad, the more comfortable you will be in whatever situation is thrown at you.
2. Develop Better Clinical Reasoning
Rotating in developing countries will also help you develop your clinical skills. Learning to work, diagnose, and treat with limited resources will force you to use your clinical reasoning skills and rely more on your brain than on tests. Many countries also have different protocols or different ways to go about diagnosing and treating patients. This provides a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons and learn about improvised medicine. I think this is one of the most important reasons to do an international rotation, particularly in a resource-poor location.
3. Learn a Language
Being immersed in a language really is the best way to learn. Working and living in a country while taking lessons or really working hard to perfect the language takes your skills to the next level. This will help you if you decide to do more global health work as a physician or even in your own country when you treat patients that only speak the language that you are learning.