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Global Health Week 2011-2012
International Study Opportunities
Laura B. Kezar, MD
Associate Dean for Students
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Denise Coston, MAE
MSEP Program Coordinator, Administrative Associate
Purposes
• Cross-cultural experiences promote cultural
competence
 Increase appreciation for cultural differences
 Learn about global health concerns
 Foster humanitarian attitudes
• Service opportunities
• Language immersion
• Research
Options
• Medical Student Enrichment Program
• Special Topics
• Scholarly Activity
• Advanced Clinical Electives
• Advanced Research Electives
Medical Student Enrichment
Program
• International Opportunities
 Global Health
• Clinical
• Service
• Language
 Research
• Platform for future scholarly pursuits.
• Explore ideas and identify mentors.
MSEP Background
• Started in 1995
• 241 medical students
• 39 countries
Where have we been?
• Africa
 Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya,
Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda,
Zambia, Zimbabwe
• Asia
 American Samoa, Cambodia, China, India,
Japan, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore,
Taiwan, Vietnam
• Caribbean
 Jamaica, St. Vincent’s, West Indies
Where Can I Go?
• Central and South America
 Argentina, Bolivia, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica,
El Salvador, Ecuador, Guatemala,
Honduras, Peru
• Europe
 Czech Republic, England, France, Mongolia,
Romania, Russia, Slovakia
• North America
 Mexico
How does MSEP work?
• Find a site/program on your own or we can
help you.
 Guidance from MSEP Coordinator
 UAB website
 Previous MSEP Students
 Global Health Week
 Sparkman Center
MSEP Process
• MS1 Students eligible
• Minimum 4 week experience
on site
 Can stay up to 10 weeks
• Competitive application
process
 Proposal
 Interview
 Selection
• Stipend support varies
depending on resources
Funding
• MSEP Funding
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UASOM Medical Alumni Association
Caduceus Club
Dean’s office
Sparkman Center for Global Health, SOPH
• NIH research opportunities
• Fundraising assistance through MSPE
 Denise Coston
MSEP 2011-12 Timeline
• January 6, 2012 – Application deadline
• February – Interviews and selection
• March – Training session(s)
• June, July, August – Travel and learn
• September - Reports due within 1 month of return
• October – Presentation at Global Health Week
Important Date
• Complete applications on line
• Available now on MSEP website
• www.medicine.uab.edu/education/67019
• Application Deadline
 January 6, 2012 at 12:00 (Noon)
 Turn application in to Denise Coston in VH 102A
Special Topics
2009 - 2011
• 22 students
• Africa: Ivory Coast, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan
• Asia: India
• Central/South America: Belize, Dominican Republic,
Honduras, Peru, West Indies
Scholarly Activity
• Class of 2011: 8 Students
• Africa:
 South Africa 2
 Kenya 3
• South America
 Peru 2
• Middle East
 Jordan 1
4th Year Clinical Electives
2009 - 2011
• Average 5 students / year
• Africa
 Ghana – Family Medicine, Pediatrics
 The Gambia – OB/GYN
 Uganda – Neurology, Family Medicine & Infectious Disease
• Europe
 Germany – Cardiology
• Asia
 India – Rural Medicine
 Nepal – Family Medicine, Internal Medicine
4th Year Electives
• Requires approval by Senior Associate Dean for
Medical Education, Dr. Hughes Evans
• Contact person: Randal Trusler, VH 202
• Timeline
 Start 6-12 months in advance
 Identify mentor at international site
 Mentor’s credentials must be approved
• Resources
 Website
 UAB Study Away Office
4th Year Research Electives
2009 - 2011
• 1 Student
• Strasbourg, France
• Developed through MSEP
Other International
Opportunities
• Medical student exchange
programs with selected foreign
universities.
• Educational Exchange Agreements
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Univ. Leipzig, Germany
Univ. of Zurich, Switzerland
Chung Shan Medical College, Taiwan
Yonsei Univ, South Korea
Univ. Cayetano, Peru
Research Awards
• Fogarty - 2 currently
• CIDRZ in Zambia - 1 currently
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