THE GMED PROGRAM enhances the College of medicine curriculum by building targeted global health competencies. this is achieved through co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students and the development of individual longitudinal capstone projects addressing important global health issues.
Co-Curricular activities are offered to provide education in core global health topics. These include “lunch and learn” sessions throughout the M1-M4 years, with the majority during the M1-M2 years. Topics include: global burden of disease, social determinants of health, women’s health, environmental impacts on health, globalization of health and healthcare, health care in low-resource settings, health implications of travel and migration, ethics and human rights, cultural beliefs and their impact on physician/patient interactions, disaster and humanitarian response, primary care in global health, child health, communicable and non-communicable diseases, and technology in global health.
GMED students also attend a variety of selected activities related to global health that are also available to the general student population, such as campus and city-wide lectures on global health topics, global health conferences and expositions.
GMED students participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities such as global health book clubs, movie nights, and game nights among other activities centered on global health topics to supplement the curriculum.
GMED students are required to design and complete a scholarly capstone project. The capstone is a longitudinal project where students identify a global health issue, comprehensively research this issue and participate in a project designed to address the issue. Strategies for completing the capstone requirement could involve a field practicum, meta-analysis, research project or other experience. A small stipend is available for students to assist with their capstone completion.
At the end of the program, GMED students have an opportunity to share their experiences through a capstone project oral presentation and written summary and at a special GMED Graduation Party.
Several faculty from a variety of disciplines from the UIC Center for Global Health serve as core faculty for the GMED Program. Additionally, GMED students are exposed to additional global health faculty from the College of Medicine and other health sciences (e.g. College of Nursing, School of Public Health) through their co-curricular sessions and as tutors for their clinical medicine coursework. Students often work with global health faculty as mentors for their capstone projects as well. Finally, GMED upperclassmen and alumni often serve as resources and mentors for the students. This network of globally-minded students, residents, alumni and faculty is an invaluable resource for GMED students looking to build their global health careers.
GMED students, similar to other UIC COM students, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of international electives. Some students participate in an elective during the summer between the M1 and M2 years, although this is not required. The focus of this elective would vary depending on the interest of the student. Options include but are not limited to: a clinical observation (particularly if the GMED student could bring added value to the experience e.g. acting as an interpreter), a research experience, a public health intervention, or an educational experience (e.g. learn about global health care systems or policies). Many students also participate in international experiences during elective time in the M4 year. Possibilities for the focus of this experience would include the above as well as a hands-on supervised clinical experience. Students independently arrange any elective opportunities and are responsible to seek scholarship and funding opportunities.