Medical trainees want to help in less-resourced countries. But short-term programs can misread local needs, overburden hosts, and send students into situations they're not prepared to handle. Here’s how leaders are ensuring ethical, effective experiences.
The second annual Husky 100 recognizes outstanding UW undergraduates and graduate students from Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW.
This year's cohort of 100 students includes three global health students and alumni:
University of Washington's chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society (GHHS) elected its 2017-2018 members including many who participated in the Department of Global Health programs for medical students. GHHS is one of the two national honor medical societies; it recognizes students, residents, and faculty who are exemplars of compassionate patient care. GHHS members are peer nominated and the chapter can elect up to 15% of the class in total.
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.
By Ángel González
Cuba’s renowned health-care system, which flourishes despite the country’s poverty, still has lessons to teach the world, experts say. Hundreds of U.S. students have attended medical school tuition-free in Cuba, including a UW grad who plans on returning home to practice in underserved communities in Kitsap County.
Assistant Professor Paul Drain is quoted.
Anna Bazinet is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington who is currently on a fellowship through Strengthening Care Opportunities through Partnership in Ethiopia (SCOPE), a program in the Department of Global Health.