Global Health Initiative (GHI) was founded in 2000 by Boonshoft School of Medicine first-year students. GHI's mission is to enhance the education of WSU medical students by facilitating their exposure to both the medical issues facing people in other countries and the medical issues of persons in this country who have immigrated from other countries, and in so doing, inspire greater compassion, social justice and empathy within WSU's future physicians.
- Facilitate medical students and doctors sharing medical experiences in other countries through activities such as presentations and gatherings.
- Facilitate medical students going to other countries for medical electives by providing information including contacts with physicians, contacts with medical mission organizations, and contacts with financial resources.
- Provide educational opportunities for WSU medical students through an elective lecture series on global health-related topics.
International Medical Service Trips
Since 2007, GHI has helped to send students to more than 14 countries. Students can seek medical supplies to take with them on their respective trips to help the people of the country that is being visited. Each trip provides students with a unique view into medicine in various parts of the world today. Find examples of recent medical service trips on the International Education Program page.
Most students fund their trips by raising money from home, church, or other contacts. However, there are other possibilities. GHI is currently in the process of gathering various other methods for students to fund these trips. GHI financial officers are currently working with the Dayton community and the School of Medicine to help students fund their trips.
Financial aid for international travel is available for students who are enrolled in the International Health Program (IHP). IHP participants may request a budget increase for travel costs, up to a maximum of $3,000 during their medical school career. Contact the Office of Student Affairs for information about the program.
Student Initiated Electives
- Procedures for Developing Electives (PDF)
- Travel Paperwork Presentation (PDF)
- WSU Agreement (PDF)
- Electives forms
International Education Advisory Board Members
- Katherine Cauley, Ph.D., Department of Community Health
- John S. Czachor, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine
- Janice M. Duke, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Peter Ekeh, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Surgery
- Thomas N. Hangartner, Ph.D., Department of Biomedical, Industrial, & Human Factors Engineering
- Thomas E. Herchline, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine
- Cristina Redko, Ph.D., Master of Public Health Program, Department of Community Health
- Nikki Rogers, Ph.D., Master of Public Health Program, Department of Community Health
- Brenda J.B. Roman, M.D., Department of Psychiatry
- Mbaga Walusimbi, M.D., Department of Surgery
- Mary T. White, M.Div., Ed.M., Ph.D., Department of Community Health
GHI Cofounder and Physician in the Field
Ryan Buchholz, M.D., firstname.lastname@example.org
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Unite for Site Global Health Modules
- Module 1: What Are Best Practice "Gold Standard" Principles?
- Module 2: International Development and Capacity Building
- Module 3: Partnering with Local Communities
- Module 4: Build Effective, Sustainable Programs With Measurable Results
- Module 5: How To Eliminate Patient Barriers To Care
- Module 6: How To Ensure High Quality Medical Care
- Module 7: Ethical, Quality Volunteering
- Module 8: The Significant Harm of Worst Practices
- Module 9: Donating Equipment
- Module 10: Local Staff Compensation
- Module 11: Support Local Doctors To Help Eliminate Brain Drain
- Module 1: "Unprofessionalism" is a Problem
- Module 2: Common Causes of Unprofessional Behavior
- Module 3: Preventing Unprofessional Behavior
- Module 4: Traits of a Successful International Volunteer
- Module 5: Guidelines For Observing and Assisting Doctors
- Module 1: Culture and the Volunteer
- Module 2: Overview of Cultural Adjustment and Culture Shock
- Module 3: Coping With Culture Shock and Emotional Feelings
- Module 4: Slower Pace and "Elastic Time"
- Module 5: Language Barriers
- Module 6: Working With Translators
- Module 7: Cultural Differences and Cultural Understanding
- Module 8: The Importance of Social Etiquette
- Module 9: Cultural Beliefs About Service
- Module 10: Cultural Beliefs About Medical Care
- Module 11: Trust
- Module 12: Reverse Culture Shock