Global Health Scholars Program

Welcome

From the Director

Welcome to the Boonshoft School of Medicine Physician Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP).  Our scholars are the global physician leaders of tomorrow.  Physician leaders of the future are required to have a broad perspective on health and health care delivery that is innovative, proactive and integrates knowledge from a variety of interdisciplinary fields.  We know that health disparities, inequities, economic sustainability and concerns about quality and patient safety challenge the effective delivery of health care in the United States as well as abroad.  Our Global Health Scholars will engage their skills of service and leadership in a spectrum of global-local-rural communities while here at Boonshoft and beyond.  Our global health education takes students and faculty beyond the short-term mission trip.  We are committed to the power of sustainable relationships with communities and appreciate the need for cultural humility in our approach and presence.  
 
Global Health education at the Boonshoft School of Medicine is an important part of the overall mission of medical education for all students.  The BSOM works closely with the University Center for International Education and others across the university who engage in global health activities to assure a high quality and safe global educational experience.  All medical students will get exposure to basic competencies in global health as it is integrated into our general curriculum.  Those students who want to expand and develop their global health skills further will have an opportunity to achieve the next tier of competencies while enrolled in the Global Health Scholars program.  Their commitment and competence will be recognized with a culminating certificate of recognition at graduation.  
 
The next tabs go into more detail regarding specific aspects of the Global Health Scholars Program: how to apply, current trip availability, and pre-travel logistics, as well as resources for students and faculty engaged in Global Health activities.  We also invite alumni of the program, current faculty, and other community members to engage with us in opportunities to support current students in their commitment to Global Health.  Please click here to learn more about ways you can keep connected and committed no matter where you are in the world!  
 
We welcome all levels of experience into our program and look forward to learning from each other.  I am a better physician today because of my Global Health education starting here at Boonshoft.  I look forward to sharing my passion for Global Health with you and seeing the successful physicians you will become! Sincerely,

Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor
Director Global Health Scholars Program
Director of Medical Education
Department of Family Medicine

Curriculum

Global Health Scholars program curriculum

The Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP) curriculum includes the five components described below:

Global Health Foundations Module 1: Pre-trip preparation module consisting of 5 classroom didactic sessions and independent study during the first year of medical school.  Students must complete all assignments and receive a passing grade for this module to be approved for the summer Global Health Foundations Experience. 

Global Health Foundations Experience: During the summer between the first and second year of medical school, students complete an experience working with patient populations abroad in low-income countries or domestically with the Indian Health Service or other approved underserved minority communities.  Approved experiences are 2-4 weeks in length and meet the medical school service learning requirement.

Global Health Foundations Module 2: Post-trip integration module consisting of 5 classroom didactic sessions and independent study during the second year of medical school. 

Global Health Advanced Doctoring Experience: During the Advanced Doctoring phase (fourth year of medical school), students complete a clinical rotation working with patient populations abroad in low-income countries or domestically with the Indian Health Service or other underserved minority communities. Approved experiences are 2-4 weeks in length.

Scholarly Activity with Global Health Focus: Students may complete this program requirement as part of Scholarship in Medicine or through an alternative activity in which the student focuses on some aspect of global health research/study/quality improvement/curriculum development.

Global Health Experiences

Foundations (M1/M2):

Students in the Foundations phase are encouraged to complete their global health experience with a BSOM-sponsored program.  Because each of the recommended programs below has a direct connection with the BSOM, we are confident that they are well-designed, providing meaningful and appropriate experiences for students, with adequate supervision.  Moreover, each of these programs is known to be effectively coordinated with local health systems and services, avoiding some of the risks and disruptions that can result from short-term volunteering in global health.

 

Advanced Doctoring (M4):

Advanced Doctoring students travel widely, finding clinical opportunities of personal interest around the world.  Some may be with BSOM-sponsored programs but most are independent student-initiated trips.  Each experience must provide opportunities for specific learning goals, with adequate supervision, and be approved in advance.  Ideally, these opportunities are designed as part of long-term relationships that can strengthen local health care capacities while providing valuable service.

 

Additional Global Health Experience Resources

Below are some valuable links relevant to global health for students at all levels.

American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) international health resources

Child family Health International (CFHI)

CFHI offers short-term educational experiences in global health that are imbedded in long-standing community engagement, capacity strengthening, and commitment to highlighting local healthcare workers, health systems, and complex determinants of health.

Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) online global health resources

Events

Global Happy Cafe

Global Happy Café by World Happiness Project presents a free monthly 90-minute online Zoom meeting that brings people together from around the world to share stories about happiness and wellbeing. This event takes place the first weekday of each month at 2:00 p.m. EST. It is designed for those who are interested in increasing personal happiness and discussing the future of society following the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-happy-cafe-tickets-109796829272?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch

 

19th Annual Management of Infectious Diseases Conference

19th Annual Management of Infectious Diseases Conference will be a virtual series occurring every Tuesday in September from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Free CME provided. 

Click here to register  https://www.matec.info/event?ER_ID=35946

 

Trama: Who Cares?

Click here to register  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Y4VrXDpBRGSpXYQd-TXkMA?fbclid=IwAR1QMPmhIi2hwh_MlDbwlVKgOw5kuxua0Znnc1hSNomRwiF7nbBIMi67bKc

 

The Future of the OR: Youth in Global Surgery

The United National General Assembly is a 2 week period in September every year where numerous global organizations come together to discuss ongoing issues and events. Global Surgery is being represented by several great events this year that we highly encourage you to attend. The events are open to everyone and held over virtual platforms.

They are organized this year by the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change, the G4 Alliance, InciSioN, and the World Medical Association.

Click here to register  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdXvAa_k8mt7CvqoNc6PEPc8RV6CQlESjXiGaC1cI6f2ekPxA/viewform

 

Testimonials

Kyle Davis and Shaina Hecht, Class of 2014

Wright State's commitment to high quality care in the international realm motivated us to undertake two trips during our training. After completing our infectious disease course at the end of our first year, we traveled to Lima, Peru with about 10 other Boonshoft students.  We then traveled together to Tanzania in our fourth year where we had the opportunity to develop our clinical reasoning on busy pediatric and adult wards.  We continue to remain involved in global health experiences. We traveled to Laos for medical work during residency and we have continued to remain involved in global health education during fellowship.  Our experience at Wright State provided the motivation and support to engage in the global health care and we look forward to continuing to give back during our future careers. The reason we continue to engage in global opportunities is because of our time in the Global Health Scholars Program at WSU.

Michael Dressing, Class of 2015

The Global Health Program was one of the main reasons that I chose to attend medical school at Wright State University.  I had been involved with some domestic and international mission trips in high school and college, but wanted to help and see the world from a medical perspective as well.  That experience came quickly through meetings and lectures in my first year of medical school, but more importantly through a medical mission trip to Jamaica with 12 of my classmates and two attending physicians during the summer after the first year finished.  Not only was it a good way to practice physical exam skills and see diseases and conditions that weren't seen in the United States, but it was an exposure to a totally different culture.  Patients that we saw were thankful for Tylenol and band-aids, things that we take for granted.  Banana farmers with severe degenerative arthritis in their hands presented to our clinic barely able to grip a pen.  My views on medicine, as well as happiness, success, and wealth were totally transformed from these encounters.  The faculty did a fantastic job prior to the trip, as well as in Jamaica to prepare us as much as they could for what we would experience, but seeing it in real life was the true learning experience.

As I continued through medical school, I became more involved with the Global Health Initiative, taking on the role of President one year.  To work with the faculty and help with education and planning of different medical mission trips was a different level of experience.  I was fortunate enough to connect with the leader of Timmy Global Health, as well as attend a conference at University of California Berkeley for Doctors for Global Health in the next few years.  I felt like the experience I had gained from my prior trip, as well as leadership roles that I took at Wright State provided a solid foundation that I could expand on in the future.

During my fourth year of medical school, I went with three others to Cusco, Peru for one month.  While there, we volunteered in a general medical clinic, and worked with a shelter for teenage mothers and their children.  Wright State and the Global Health Program helped to facilitate our trip and made it possible, but the four of us planned the logistics on our own.  This was a totally unique experience compared to the prior one to Jamaica, but equally as rewarding.  Two years later I was selected to go on a trip during residency to Panama, and I felt like the experiences that I had during medical school prepared me well.  I plan on continuing to involve myself in global health, especially through mission trips in the future.  And more importantly, I enjoy sharing my experiences with others to hopefully inspire another class of leaders to feel the same way.

About the GHSP

About the GHSP - GHI

In 2000, medical students interested in completing clinical rotations in developing countries initiated the International Education Program at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Since the beginning, the program has operated as a student-run, faculty-supported component of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Students quickly established the student service club, the Global Health Initiative, which hosts an annual symposium, raises money for travel scholarships and takes a leadership role in organizing and coordinating student travel during the Foundations Phase of medical school. Kate Conway MD, MPH, serves as the faculty advisor for this student club.
 
On a parallel track, students organized and gained support from the faculty for the Global Health Program Track, a curricularly embedded focus on global health that involves both classroom and field based education. Annually, close to 30 percent of Boonshoft School of Medicine students complete the International Health Program Track, and more than 40 percent participate in international Interprofessional Engagement courese. Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H., serves as the director of international education for the Boonshoft School of Medicine.
 

Advisory Board

Advisory Board

The Global Health Scholars Program Advisory Board collaborates quarterly with the Global Health Initiative student leadership. They discuss which direction the program is headed, share intellect, and voice concerns with a goal to frame the components of Global Health Education. In addition to student activity in global health education, faculty are engaged in numerous projects around the world.

Global Health Education Advisory Board

Dr Conway

Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H.

Family Medicine

Assistant Professor

Director of Medical Education

Director of Global Health Education

Email: katharine.conway@wright.edu

Carla Lachecki, M.A.

Office of Medical Education

Physician Leadership Development Program

Global Health Scholars Program

Interprofessional Engagement

Program Coordinator

Email: carla.lachecki@wright.edu

Juanita Griffin, B.S.

Family Medicine

Education Manager

Email: juanita.griffin@wright.edu

Thomas E. Herchline, M.D.

Internal Medicine

Professor

Email: thomas.herchline@wright.edu

Jennifer Lee, D.O.

Family Medicine

Assistant Professor

Email: jennifer.lee@wright.edu

Brenda J.B. Roman, M.D.

Psychiatry

Professor

Office of Medical Education

Associate Dean for Medical Education

Email: brenda.roman@wright.edu

Joon K Shim, M.D., M.P.H.

Surgery

Assistant Professor

Email: joon.shim@wright.edu

Nicole Yamoah Turkson, M.D., Ph.D.

Family Medicine

Assistant Professor

Educational Programs

Assistant Program Director

Boonshoft School of Medicine

Email: nicole.turkson@wright.edu

Medical Student Advisory Committee

Ben Lewis, President
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: lewis.583@wright.edu
Chilando Mulenga, Vice President
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: mulenga.3@wright.edu
Ruth L St Fort, Secretary
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: stfort.2@wright.edu
Kunal Gupta, Treasurer
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: gupta.72@wright.edu
Morgan Cooley, Fundraising Chair
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: cooley.38@wright.edu
Parvaneh Shadkam-Farrokhi, Outreach Chair
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: shadkam-farrokhi.2@wright.edu
Jenna Frantz, Outreach Chair
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: frantz.36@wright.edu
Musunga Mulenga, GSSA Chair
Global Health Initiative (GHI)
Email: mulenga.2@wright.edu


Global Health Scholars Program
Kate Conway, M.D., M.P.H., Director
Carla Lachecki, Program Coordinator
Location:  Wright State Physicians Bldg., 725 University Blvd, Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Email: carla.lachecki@wright.edu
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Last edited on 09/18/2020.