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RWJMS Office of
Global Health
Javier I Escobar, MD
Associate Dean for Global Health
Professor of Psychiatry and Family
Medicine, RWJMS
January 20th , 2015
How Students Benefit from
Global Health Experiences?
o Knowledge of Other Health Care Systems.
o Interaction with other Cultures.
o Practice/Master other Languages (e.g., Medical Spanish, Medical Mandarin)
o Learn to provide culturally sensitive care to the diverse
populations in the US/Canada, including domestic underserved
populations (e.g., New Brunswick Latino immigrants)
o Sharpen physical examination skills, understanding of cost-constrained
care, and importance of public health.
o These experiences improve the ability for future physicians to advocate
for the needs of the most underserved patient populations in the world. They
stimulate enthusiasm for medical careers that focus on the health needs of
developing countries.
RWJMS Students’ Interest in
Global Health
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In the past 5 years, 221
students have done global
health rotations
COUNTRIES VISITED BY UMDNJ STUDENTS
IN 2008-2014
GUATEMALA
COLOMBIA
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
MYANMAR
SPAIN
COSTA RICA
JAPAN ARGENTINA
BOLIVIA
NIGERIA
MEXICO
GHANA
AUSTRALIA
CHINA
ECUADOR
TIBET
TANZANIA
SWITZERLAND
NEPAL
INDIA
PERU
ARGENTINA
SOUTH AFRICA
ZAMBIA
International Rotation Sites at a Glance
South America:
ECUADOR
--Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
ARGENTINA
--Universidad Nacional de la Plata
--Salta and San Salvador de Jujuy
--Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires (under
development)
South America (continued)
COLOMBIA
• Universidad del Valle, Cali Colombia.
• CES Medical School, Medellin, Colombia
PERU
-- “A Promise To Peru" Rural Program, a Collaboration with Stony
Brook School of Medicine, Sacred Valley, Peru.
--Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Lima, Peru.
Central America:
COSTA RICA
--IHCAI- International Health Central American Institute
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
--Instituto Dominicano para el Desarrollo Integral (IDDI)
(Under Development)
Central America (continued)
MEXICO
Rutgers’ Culture and Community Health
Program in Oaxaca
Brief Description of Program:
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Course in Medical Spanish
Community service projects
Will stay with local families; meals included
Travel dates are usually in the month of June
Africa
1. GHANA
• KNUST-Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in
Kumasi
• International Health Care Volunteers, Inc. (IHCV)
2. UGANDA
• A GLOBAL HEALTH EXPERIENCE IN UGANDA
3. MAURITUS
• University of Technology of Mauritius
Europe
AUSTRIA
--Summer Clinical Rotation program at The Medical University of
Graz.
SPAIN
--HOSPITAL MIGUEL SERVET AND UNIVERSITY OF ZARAGOZA
SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, ZARAGOZA.
Europe (continued)
IRELAND
University of Limerick’s Graduate Entry Medical School
Brief Description of Program:
--4 weeks of Elective time per calendar year.
--Applications must be received 6 months prior to the start of the
elective.
--Electives will only be accepted from Mid-May to late July.
ASIA: TAIWAN
• China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan
• National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine,
Tainan, Taiwan
• National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
• Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan
• Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
ASIA: PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC
OF CHINA
• Jiao Tong University Medical School, Shanghai
• Zhongshan Hospital, Shanghai
• Zhongshan City Hospital, Zhongshan
• Shanghai Medical College of Fu Dan University, Shanghai,
Jiansu Province
• Shenyang China Medical University, ShenYang, Liaoning
Province
ASIA: INDIA
• Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre (MMHRC)
Madurai
• B.J. Wadia Children's Hospital, Mumbai
• Sitapur Eye Hospital/King Georges Medical College,
Sitapur/Lucknow
• Himalayan Health Exchange ,Spiti Valley
• SAMADHAN – A Non-Governmental Agency in Delhi, INDIA
ASIA Cont.…
Bangladesh
--Smile Bangladesh Missions (March or October)
Nepal
--The Maharajgunj Medical Campus under the Tribhuvan
University, Institute of Medicine (IOM).
Some Program Highlight
• As you can see we have many exciting rotation
sites. It is not feasible to describe all the
programs today . So,we will be providing brief
introduction of the following programs:
• Himalayan Health Exchange
• Taiwan Program
• International Health Central American
Institute-Costa Rica
• Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)Ecuador
Himalayan Health Exchange
• Available sites: Dharamsala, Pangi, Spiti Valley, Kargiakh, inner
Himalayas
• Spiti Valley- most common destination among all the sites
• Duration: 20-28days trip
• Schedule : Spiti Valley , June 20 - July 10, 2015
• For more information contact E-mail:
[email protected]
• Website: http://www.himalayanhealth.com/index.shtml
Taiwan Program-in Brief
• Four weeks program –
Combined western and eastern medicine
2 weeks at China Medical University
1 week at Tzu Chi University,
1 week at National Taiwan University
First year students: non-credit elective,
The summer between the first and second year, individual
student
Fourth year student elective: spring semester,
Block #10 or #11, after Match date, group of students, and lead
by Dr. Lin
International Health Central
American Institute-Costa Rica
• Intensive 4 Week Medical Spanish Course
• Emphasis on Tropical Medicine
• Stay with local Costa Rican family - meals
and room are provided
• Primarily classroom-based; utilize
simulated patient-physician interactions
Universidad San Francisco
de Quito (USFQ)-Ecuador
• First year medical students can apply for a
summer program June/July
• For Third and Fourth medical students, rotations
are available in -Infectious Disease and Tropical
Medicine, Maternal and Child Health,
Environmental and Occupational Diseases, as
well as Internal Med, General Surgery and
Pediatrics.
• Students can stay with host families in the area
at a cost of $17 per day
Programs with Medical Spanish
• CES Medical School, Medellin, Colombia
• Universidad San Francisco de Quito (ECUADOR)
• IHCAI- International Health Central American
Institute (COSTA RICA)
• Department of Health, Salta and San Salvador de
Jujuy (Argentina)
• Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima (Peru)
• Rutgers’ Culture and Community Health Program
in Oaxaca, Mexico
Programs with Medical Mandarin
• Programs in TAIWAN, REPUBLIC OF CHINA
• Programs PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA
STUDENT COMMENTS
http://rwjms.umdnj.edu/global_health/ihig/experiences.html
o “Wonderful experience. I definitely have plans to go back for a global
health rotation during my fourth year of school to continue with the
experiences that I begun in the summer”.
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“I feel that a moment that best summarizes my global health rotation was having had the
opportunity to deliver a baby; This was a life changing, intense and humbling experience”
o “On the whole, we were exposed to experiences that would not be possible in the United
States”
o “This was such a great clinical experience. I learned how to use an otoscope to look in a
patient’s ear, practiced how to palpate for abdominal pain, how to figure out if an infection
is viral or bacterial by looking at the back of the throat with a penlight and tongue
depressor”
o “I am now able to appreciate the differences in healthcare between US and another
country as well as understand the major public health concerns.”
o “It made me appreciate the power of a good history and physical exam, without the aid of
labs or fancy diagnostics. It also gave me an appreciation for public health and nutrition
programs!”
o “This experience was truly amazing, not only does it change your outlook on healthcare but
it changes your outlook on life.”
Global Health Fair
• The annual Global Health Fair is held in the
month of December.
• Students get the opportunity to share their
global health experiences.
• Last year we had 70 posters displayed at the
Global Health Fair.
RWJMS-Office of Global Health
Location: 125 Paterson Street, Clinical Academic Building,
Room# 7038, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Website (includes detailed program information, to do list ,
travel tips, etc.)
http://rwjms.rutgers.edu/global_health/travel/programs/index.html
Contact :[email protected]
Questions?
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