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Wayne State University School of Medicine -
World Health Student Organization


Visited Locations (3)

Countries: Ecuador, Haiti, Nicaragua

Months of Travel: December, February/March, June

Year Initiated: 2001

Total Yearly Outreach Participants: ~100

Matriculants per class: 290

Medical School Involvement: M1, M2, M4

Other participating professional schools:

Pharmacy (sister organization present)

Faculty and staffing:

Majority of faculty from Wayne State University Physicians Group, community board certified physicians; support from the Department of Academic and Student Programs

Application process:

Competitive application in September of each year. Applications are reviewed and students selected by Student Executive Board.

Program elements:

Student run organization with M2 Student Executive Board. Oversight by Director of Global Health and Education under the Department of Academic and Student Programs. Board of Advisors composed of faculty and past trip goers for additional institu
tional memory and to assist Executive Board. Pre trip curriculum, Pre and post surveys of students, optional research component, in-country clinical care, public health projects. Use of mobile EMR. Pharmacy students and pharmacist also attend the trips where school breaks align.

Financial support:

Majority from student fundraising: family, friends, local businesses; Wayne State University School of Medicine Alumni Association

Faculty time allotted:

0.2 FTE for the Director of Global Health and Education

Administrative support:

Administrative support from the Department of Academic and Student Programs

Papers

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Contacts

NGO/In Country Partners

  • Rays of Hope (Haiti)
  • Jorge Vargas (Ecuador)
  • Bridges to Communities (Nicaragua)