​Application and Requirements for Residents and Postdoctoral Students

Residents and postdoctoral students are invited to participate in GHE service missions alongside the DDS students.

If you are interested in applying for a GHE service mission, please contact Sandi Garcia at sb64@columbia.edu. Please indicate whether you are licensed and teaching in the clinics. You must get clearance from your program director to participate in any service missions.

Apply for a GHE Service Mission

  • Download and complete the Application 
  • Please note that the IHS will require an additional application and that selection is based on acceptance from IHS. This information will be sent to you if and when we select you for IHS.
  • Please return completed application by October 17, 2017 to:

Sandi Garcia

Jary Patrocinio

Dr. Laureen Zubiaurre

Once you have been assigned to a GHE service mission:

  • Complete and submit a Responsibility Waiver, Application and Release to Participate, and Student Health Verification Form
  • Confirm that team leader has visited Student Health and is in possession of post-exposure prophylaxis medicines for the entire team
  • Register your travel itinerary and emergency contacts using Columbia University’s Global Travel Webpage. This will help us locate you in the event of an emergency, as well as to contact your emergency contacts. Print out a copy of the International SOS (ISOS) card for your trip International SOS (ISOS) Coverage provides worldwide assistance in the event of an emergency that requires special evacuating and repatriation services and/or immediate medical intervention. This service does not substitute for health insurance.
  • Verify visa requirements for your destination country. In some countries, visa procurement can take up to several weeks, so plan ahead. For information on visa requirements, visit the host country’s Office of the Consulate General website. U.S. Citizens can refer to the U.S. Department of State’s visa information. International Students must verify that their travel meets the conditions of their student visa by consulting with the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO).
  • Verify that you have adequate worldwide health insurance coverage prior to your departure. If you are enrolled in the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan, your travel insurance benefits (including medical evacuation) are provided by On Call International. For more information, and details regarding coverage and exclusions, visit the Health Services website.
  • Attend all required pre-travel orientation sessions with the College of Dental Medicine and/or sponsoring organizations.
  • Make a copy of your passport and email it to Sandi Garcia at sb64@columbia.edu.

Upon your return from a GHE service mission:

  • Submit Supporting MANDATORY documentation for reimbursement of up to $500: E-tickets and itinerary, boarding pass, credit card statement for all items charged (cardholder's name and all but the last four digits of account number blocked out).
  • If you have never been reimbursed by the university, please complete a W-9 form.