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 includes the five components described below:

  • Global Health Foundations Module 1: Pre-trip preparation module consisting of 5 classroom didactic sessions and independent study over the course of MS1 spring semester.  Students must complete all assignments and receive a passing grade for this Module in order to be approved for the summer Global Health 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 can be 2-4 weeks in length  and receive Service Learning Credit for students .  
  • Global Health Foundations Module 2:  Post-trip integration module consisting of 5 classroom didactic sessions and independent study over the course of MS2 fall semester.  
  • Global Health Advanced Doctoring Experience - During the Advanced Doctoring Phase, 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 for a minimum of 4 weeks.  Approved experiences can receive Service Learning Credit. 
  • Scholarly activity with Global Health focus – either with Scholarship in Medicine requirement or an alternative activity that allows the student to focus on some aspect of global health research/study/quality improvement/curriculum development.   
Recommended Global Health trips and activities 
 
Each of the recommended programs below has a direct connection with the BSOM, enabling us to have confidence 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. 
BSOM Sponsored programs for M1s:
 
More links to outside global service opportunities: 
  • CFHI Child family Health International https://www.cfhi.org 
  • 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. 

Below are some valuable links relevant to global health for students:

Fourth-year Global Health Advanced Doctoring :
 
Fourth-year students travel widely, finding opportunities of personal interest around the world.  Each of these 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. 
 
All fourth-years provide an evaluation of their experiences of their international experiences . The following sites are opportunities for which there have been positive evaluations with recommendations for future student participation.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina through Argentina International Emergency Medicine Elective, working with Dr. Ariel Eremeff aeremeff@ciudad.com.ar, 2015
  • Pucon, Chile, through Hospital San Francisco de Pucon, working with Dr. Bernardo Lopez Dubo, dr.loez@gmail.com, 2015
  • San Jose, Costa Rica, through International Health Central American Institute, Dr. Mario Tristan, info@IHCAI.org, 2017
  • Restaracion, Dominican Republic, through Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children, working with Dr. Jorge Ricardo Dominguez, fimrc.operations.dr@gmail.com,  2015
  • Ecuador, through Cachamsi Medical Spanish Institute, working with Jorge Duchicela, jduchicela@ydclinic.com, 2017
  • Takoradi, Ghana, through Work the World, working with Dr. Richard Anthony, 2016
  • Guatemala, through Pop-wuj, www.pop-wuj.org, 2017
  • Ahmedabad, India, through Panth Children's Hospital and Sneh Orthopaedic Hospital, working with Dr. Shehal Shah, sneh.ortho@yahoo.com,  2015
  • Nairobi, Kenya, through University of North Carolina at Kenyatta National Hospital, working with Dr. Justin Myers, Justin_myers@med.unc.edu,  2015
  • Myanmar, through Health Teams International, Dr. Richard Charlick, CEO, ddchar@earthlink.net, working with James Okamoto, M.D., jimokamoto@mac.com 2015
  • Pokhara, Nepal, through Work the World, Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Manipal Teaching Hospital and Nalma Health Post, working with Dr. KS Rao, 2015
  • Lumbreras, Peru, through Universidad Pervana Cayetano Heredia (Cayetano Herdia University), Lumbreras Tropical Medicine Course, Tropical Disease In-patient Unit, working with Dr. Coralith Garcia, coralith.garcia@upch.pe, 2015
  • Cusco, Peru, through Global Crossroad, Angelika Schmidt, angelika@globalcrossroad.com, working with Dr. Jorge Boluarte, 2015
  • Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, through Muhimbili National Hospital Clerkship, working with Dr. Faraja Chiwanga, faraja.chiwanga@mnh.or.tz, 2016
  • Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, through Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Center, working with Helmut Diefenthal, M.D., kcmcadmin@kcmc.ac.tz, 2015
  • Tanzania, through Global Crossroads, working with Dr. Deogratius Peter, tanzania@globalcrossroads.com, 2017 
  • Tanzania, through IFRE Volunteers abroad, www.ifrevolunteers.org, 2017
  • Trinidad and Tobago, through University of the West Indies, National Organ Transplant Unit, working with Leslie Ann Roberts, M.D., vegrev@tstt.net.tt, 2015
  • Zambia, through Serving in Missions, working with Dr. Daren Tompkins, Daren.Tompkins@sim.org, 2017
  • Karoi, Zimbabwe, through Chidamoyo Christian Hospital, working with Dr. Nura Isala, sistermakate@gmail.com, 2017

Events

2019 Alumni Chair in Humanities Symposium: Global Voices on the University of Dayton Campus

The Global Voices Symposium on the University of Dayton campus is designed to educate, inform, and contribute to ongoing conversations to strengthen global consciousness and awareness on the University of Dayton’s campus and the larger Dayton community. It brings together faculty, staff, students, and community leaders to discuss and find ways to enhance global engagement within our community. It is the hope that these conversations will help us to find commonality in the human experience, identify those things which unite rather than divide, and enable us to engage one another to learn and be informed. The symposium challenges us to continue to dare as we build a vibrant diverse, inclusive, and multicultural community.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 3 to 4:50 p.m. in Kennedy Union Torch Lounge

Global Voices on Campus: Why Symposium Matters?

Panelists: Chair, Chris Agnew (University of Dayton); David Fine (University of Dayton); Monica Harris (City of Dayton); Okia Opolot (Wright State University); Miranda Hallett (University of Dayton); Fahmi Abboushi (Central State University).

World Refugee Day Celebration

June 30 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

World Refugee Day is an annual celebration that honors the courage, strength, and determination of women, men, and children who are forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict, and violence.  The event will offer opportunities to learn about the refugees in the Dayton community.


Student Information

Information for students

*University Policy 9510.10 — International Travel prohibits receiving academic credit for international electives that take place in countries that are currently listed on the U.S. Department of State Travel Warning List. Students may request a waiver to this policy by completing the Travel Risk Assessment (PDF) and submitting it to the WSU provost for consideration

For Foundations (MS1/2) Travel:
Global Health Scholars 1st year travel:
As you prepare for international electives this year, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Your Service Learning Student Initiated Elective (SL SIE) proposal needs to be submitted to Kate Conway (katharine.conway@wright.edu) first for approval.  The sponsoring department will be the School of Medicine.  The trips of Jamaica, Swaziland, Peru, and Malawi all have prefilled Service Learning Student Initiated Elective (SL SIE) templates for you to use. If you are choosing a program outside of BSOM sponsored trips, it is very important that you clarify the medical training, certifications, and affiliation of your clinical supervisor and/or other staff and personnel who will be overseeing your activities.  This should be submitted to Dr. Conway at least 90 days prior to departure date.   Once approved you can work with Student Affairs and Office of Medical Education to have it added to your schedule. 

    Other documents needed at time of application: Please see files attached. Please send these forward with your initial Service Learning Student Initiated Elective (SL SIE) proposal. You may also upload these to your UCIE registration, see below.
  2. Additionally, you will need to go to the StudyAbroad.wright.edu portal through the University Center for International Education through this link https://studyabroad.wright.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=33194 to complete the application and registration for your elective.   You can register your elective under the general/generic BSOM section or search by specific trip (Jamaica, Swazi, Peru, Malawi).  There is a registration fee of $100.  This site will require you to complete some waivers, and provide a copy of your passport and emergency contact information for you here in the US.  It also has some training modules that need to be completed.  When you have completed the information in the portal, you will receive your ISOS card from the University Center for International Education.   Additionally, you should check with the University Center for International Education joy.wanderi@wright.edu about daily coverage during your travel to insure that you can readily access the emergency evacuation insurance if needed, at a cost of about $1.50 per day.  This is usually cheaper and better emergency health coverage than what your usual insurance provider can cover.  I highly recommend you pay the small daily fee for the added quality benefits.
  3. 1st year students traveling for academic credit can obtain federal loan assist, up to $1,500, to help cover the cost.  At times there are also travel scholarships sponsored by the school but this is variable year to year.  Dr. Conway will be able to keep you informed of this availability.  To receive the additional loan assistance and learn more about scholarships, please contact, Michelle Feichtner, Manager of Financial Aid.  She will let you know what documentation is needed. Michelle.feichtner@wright.edu
  4. Please check to see that you have paper copies to travel with you of the evaluation form for your preceptor to fill out while you are with them.  We do have electronic copies if your preceptor prefers.  This is a key part of what you need to turn in upon return to receive your credit.  https://medicine.wright.edu/sites/medicine.wright.edu/files/page/attachments/B1precepteval15_0.pdf
  5. Please review the Student Evaluation you must write up and fill out to turn into Dr. Conway upon your return to ensure credit for your elective. 
  6. Any logistic questions can be sent to Juanita Griffin (Juanita.griffin@wright.edu)  first, she is the Medical Education Manager for the Dept. of Family Medicine and helps to organize all of this with me.  If you believe that you have completed enough of the requirements to obtain your graduating certificate in Global Health, please inform Juanita of this so we can make sure we have the right documentation ready for graduation preparation. 

For Advanced Doctoring (MS3/4) Travel:
Global Health Scholars (Global Health program) 4th year travel:
As you prepare for international electives this year, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Your SIE proposal needs to be submitted to Kate Conway (katharine.conway@wright.edu) first for approval.  You should have the appropriate department mentor also look at the proposal before sending it to Dr. Conway to make sure the kind of clinical work you will be doing is appropriate for your level of training and experience and that the proposal has enough detail in it regarding your proposed activities.  The sponsoring department will be the School of Medicine.  It is very important that you clarify the medical training, certifications, and affiliation of your clinical supervising physician as part of the SIE proposal.  Please see the attached example for level of detail you need to secure ahead of time.  This should be submitted to Dr. Conway at least 90 days prior to departure date.   Once approved you can work with Dr. Kim Gilliam to register for the elective in your schedule and go through final approval status. 
  2. Other documents needed at time of application: Please see files attached. Please send these forward with your initial SIE proposal.
  3. Additionally, you will need to go to the StudyAbroad.wright.edu portal through the University Center for International Education through this link https://studyabroad.wright.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=33194 to complete the application and registration for your elective.   You can register your elective under the general/generic BSOM section.  There is a registration fee of $100.  This site will require you to complete some waivers, and provide a copy of your passport and emergency contact information for you here in the US.  It also has some training modules that need to be completed.  When you have completed the information in the portal, you will receive your ISOS card from the University Center for International Education.   Additionally, you should check with the University Center for International Education joy.wanderi@wright.edu about daily coverage during your travel to insure that you can readily access the emergency evacuation insurance if needed, at a cost of about $1.50 per day.  This is usually cheaper and better emergency health coverage than what your usual insurance provider can cover.  I highly recommend you pay the small daily fee for the added quality benefits.
  4. 4th year students traveling for academic credit can obtain federal loan assist, up to $1,500, to help cover the cost.  There are also a good number of travel scholarships available for 4th year students requiring application.  To receive the additional loan assistance and learn more about scholarships, please contact, Michelle Feichtner, Manager of Financial Aid.  She will let you know what documentation is needed. Michelle.feichtner@wright.edu
  5. Please check to see that you have paper copies to travel with you of the evaluation form for your preceptor to fill out while you are with them.  We do have electronic copies if your preceptor prefers.  This is a key part of what you need to turn in upon return to receive your credit. 
  6. Please review the Student Evaluation you must write up and fill out to turn into Dr. Conway upon your return to ensure credit for your elective.  See attached file.  https://medicine.wright.edu/sites/medicine.wright.edu/files/page/attachments/B2intelecstudenteval.pdf
  7. Any logistic questions can be sent to Juanita Griffin (Juanita.griffin@wright.edu)  first, she is the Medical Education Manager for the Dept. of Family Medicine and helps to organize all of this with me.  If you believe that you have completed enough of the requirements to obtain your graduating certificate in Global Health, please inform Juanita of this so we can make sure we have the right documentation ready for graduation preparation. 

For Glocal Experience:

  1. You will not have to register this experience in UCIE
  2. You will have to fill out the Global Health Experience Service Learning Experience (SLE) template and submit 90 days in advance from start date. 
  3. Your SLE (Service Learning Experience) proposal needs to be submitted to Kate Conway (katharine.conway@wright.edu) first for approval.  For Foundations experiences, you will want to list as best you can the different people you will be working with and give a general idea of what kind of work you will be doing (non-clinical is ok).  For Advanced Doctoring rotations you should have the appropriate department mentor also look at the proposal before sending it to Dr. Conway to make sure the kind of clinical work you will be doing is appropriate for your level of training and experience and that the proposal has enough detail in it regarding your proposed activities.  The sponsoring department will be the School of Medicine.  It is very important that you clarify the medical training, certifications, and affiliation of your clinical supervising physician as part of the Service Learning Student Initiated Elective (SL SIE) proposal.  This should be submitted to Dr. Conway at least 90 days prior to rotation date.   Once approved you can work with Student Affairs and Office of Medical Education to have it added to your schedule. 
  4. Please check to see that you have paper copies to travel with you of the evaluation form for your preceptor to fill out while you are with them.  We do have electronic copies if your preceptor prefers.  This is a key part of what you need to turn in upon return to receive your credit.
  5. Please review the Student Evaluation you must write up and fill out to turn into Dr. Conway upon your return to ensure credit for your elective. 
  6. Any logistic questions can be sent to Juanita Griffin (Juanita.griffin@wright.edu)  first, she is the Medical Education Manager for the Dept. of Family Medicine and helps to organize all of this with me.  If you believe that you have completed enough of the requirements to obtain your graduating certificate in Global Health, please inform Juanita of this so we can make sure we have the right documentation ready for graduation preparation. 
  7. There may be some financial aid/scholarships available depending on the kind of work you will be doing where.  Make sure to check with Dr. Conway and Michelle Feichtner about options well in advance of your rotation. 

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, which meets quarterly, works in concert with the Global Health Initiative student leadership to frame the components of Global Health Education. In addition to student activity in global health education, faculty are engaged in numerous projects across the world.

Global Health Education at the Boonshoft School of Medicine is an important part of the overall mission of the medical education.  Boonshoft School of Medicine works closely with the University Center for International Education, and this focus on international education is closely aligned with the mission and current strategic plan of the Wright State University.

Global Health Education Advisory Board

Last edited on 04/11/2019.