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UF College of Medicine Global Health Update
Welcome to the UF College of Medicine Global Health Education homepage. Here we keep information about all of our programs including spring break service learning trips, the Local/Global Health Equity Discovery Pathway and Exchange programs and Electives. Please feel free to contact us at the link below for further information about any of our programs. While you’re here, please read a bit about our latest Global Health News:
UF has a rich tradition of student-led spring break service learning trips going back at least 20 years. But, that is not all that Global Health at UF COM entails. 2016 saw the first cohort of graduates earning a distinction in the Local/Global Health Equity Discovery Pathway (9 students earned this award). Many more students participate in the Local/Global Health Equity seminar series engaging speakers from across the UF campus and beyond to explore social determinants of health both in Gainesville and abroad or complete Medical Student Research Program projects in areas of Local/Global Health Equity.
For the last several years, UF COM faculty and medical students have earned scholarships from the Sichuan University/West China Hospital to participate in summer medical student and faculty exchange programs and many more senior medical students have completed foreign clinical electives. Similarly, senior medical students from partner programs in Ecuador, China and Mexico participate in clinical rotations and observerships in Florida.
With the participation of UF COM students who’ve previously participated in Spring Break trips, the COM Global Health Education program completed a SWOT analysis of Global Health opportunities and is working to develop new curriculum for ongoing electives, future research and service opportunities in collaboration with other stakeholders with interests in Global Health across the UF campus. Two new senior medical student electives have launched and COM faculty participate in the direction of the annual Health Sciences Interprofessional Pre-departure Training workshop for all students participating in international field work.
COM Global Health students presented abstracts and posters on student-led global health curriculum development, interprofessional pre-departure training, models for using electronic records at global health sites, and ultrasound training models for austere conditions—presentations were at UF, State, National and even International meetings, with students even earning cash prizes and publishing manuscripts. We are so proud of our students and their accomplishments and look forward to sharing updates with you as we continue to improve our Global Health Education Program for UF COM students. If you’d like to receive future updates, please complete the following survey to be added to our communication list.
Road to Graduation: Fourth-year students care for those in need
Even with the end of medical school in sight, a handful of fourth-year UF College of Medicine students took what they learned in the classroom and applied it to real-world challenges by treating patients and mentoring younger students during Global Health Education trips around the world.
Instead of hitting the beach during spring break, five teams made up of medical students and faculty left Gainesville to care for the underserved populations of Ecuador, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, the Yucatan peninsula and Haiti.
Fourth-year medical student Philip Gilbo, who is the Class of 2014 president, traveled to a small, rural community outside San Carlos, Nicaragua for his fourth trip. His team partnered with Christian Medical and Dental Association’s Global Health Outreach to treat the residents of seven surrounding villages.
“I was amazed by the character and integrity of the physicians and fellow students that I worked with from the U.S.A., and how they partnered with local physicians and churches to improve health outcomes,” Gilbo said. “After that first year, I was hooked.”
Gabriel Foster, Lindsay Schaefer Flynn, Avrind Reddy and Jon Mizrahi were the fourth-year UF medical students who served on a DR HELP trip to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic.
More than half of all UF medical students participate in the clinical and research overseas trips during their medical school careers. Students learn firsthand about the health inequities that exist in these countries, and are able to help meet the needs for health and dental services for community members.
Lindsay Schaefer Flynn, a fourth-year student who plans to specialize in orthopaedic surgery, went on the DR HELP trip to Jarabacoa, Dominican Republic for her second outreach trip.
“I remember thinking as a second year — who only knew what I read in my textbooks and learned in the classroom — how much I would love to come back when I knew more about actual patient care,” Flynn said.
“I also love teaching. I knew that going as a fourth-year student would allow me to teach the underclassmen, and it surely did,” she added. “Not only was I able to teach them about diagnoses and patient care, but I could also provide them with advice about the rest of medical school.”
Gilbo plans to specialize in radiation oncology. He said his experiences with Global Health Education trips inspire him to help develop future programs in underdeveloped countries.
“I’m certain there is not a single student who has been on a UF trip and not had it impact their view of medicine and choice of specialty,” Gilbo said. “For me, it reminds me of the blessings we have here in the United States. It taught me that people are people, no matter where you go, and that the same aches, pains, terrors and loves plague us all the same.”
The Global Health trips are funded by donations and fundraisers the students hold throughout the year. As a result of these and other cross-cultural experiences, many UF medical students decide to dedicate their careers to caring for underserved populations.
For more information or to donate to UF’s Global Health Education, visit www.uff.ufl.edu/Appeals/FriendsOfGlobalHealth.
To see the original article, please click here: http://news.medinfo.ufl.edu/articles/lead-story/road-to-graduation-fourth-year-students-care-for-those-in-need/