For graduating medical students, Match Day is the event that determines where they will spend the next years of their lives. On this day each year, students across the country learn where they will complete their residencies before obtaining medical licenses. Typically, this process happens in-person, with the graduating students able to celebrate the occasion with their loved ones. However, due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Match Day took place virtually.
The Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP) is the University of Washington’s flagship global health program for preclinical medical students. Since 2003, the program has sent students to developing countries to deepen their understanding of healthcare delivery abroad, the causes of illness, and the impacts on communities.
Eight first-year medical students at the UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) have been selected for the Global Health Immersion Program (GHIP) through the Department of Global Health (DGH). They will travel to various countries over the summer for an intensive program to gain first-hand experience in understanding the health challenges facing people in low- and middle-income countries. GHIP is the UW's flagship global health program for pre-clinical medical students, and has supported over 30 students since its inception.
By Brian Donohue
Brianne Huffstetler Rowan, a fourth-year student at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Global Health Pathway student, and recent graduate of the master of public health in global health, is one of five U.S. recipients of a scholarship to pursue the specialty of family medicine.