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Potency of Service Learning on students and communities

“…I am humbled by the knowledge that the people that I had come to serve had instead served me by allowing me a view into their lives by literally opening […]

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UF Global Health Case Competition – APPLY

Applications to participate as competitors in the 2018 UF GHCC are officially open! Deadline to submit applications is December 15th at 11:59 pm. We encourage everyone to apply and have […]

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Show your Gator pride today – 20% of gross sales on clothing and 15% of gross sales on merchandise goes to support Global Health Education initiatives.

Alumni Weekend 2017

Global Health students teamed up to raise trip funding for medical supplies and cross-cultural clinical experience in low resource, underserved countries next spring.

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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 using the “Join our email list” form 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.