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Medical School - International Track

Houston, Texas

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Medical School International Health Track
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Global Health Fellowships and Volunteer Opportunities

Clinical Elective, Research and Volunteer Opportunities at BCM

  • Houston Shoulder to Shoulder in Honduras: (Next trip Oct. 26-Nov. 7, 2013) Houston Shoulder to Shoulder Foundation, in alliance with the Asociación San Lucas, Honduras, aims to improve health and the provision of health services for underserved people in the area of Santa Ana, Intibuca, Honduras, and to promote self sufficiency at a grass roots level. Twice a year, a brigade of medical faculty, medical students, optometrists, and a dentist travel to Santa Ana to conduct large clinics. General medical services, well-women exams, optometry services, and dental services are provided. This elective, 740-527, satisfies one month of the Global Health Track requirement, as well as one of the two month requirements for ASTMH. Please contact Rosa I. Contreras at Rolvera@bcm.edu to request an information packet.
  • Baylor Pediatric AIDS Association: BIPAI provides learning experiences for over one hundred learners (medical student and residents) per year. Most typically, opportunities are available for two learners per month in each of: Swaziland, Lesotho, Malawi, and Botswana. Learners are financially responsible for their own airfare, ground transport, meals, and incidental expenses. BIPAI provides (shared) housing in-country. Spots typically fill 8-10 months in advance. See International Rotations for more information.
  • BCM Project Medishare for Haiti - Student Chapter: New organization at Baylor which will involve groups of medical students, doctors, nurses and other health professionals staffing health fairs in Thomonde and several other communities as well as orphanages and schools in Haiti, in addition to other Project Medishare chapters. A broad spectrum of medical and surgical subspecialities in pediatric and adult medicine will be recruited and BCM medical students will be directly involved in the day-to-day clinical activities of the recruited faculty members.

Opportunities with other Organizations

  • The CDC-Hubert Global Health Fellowship, endowed by the O.C. Hubert Charitable Trust, is designed to encourage students to think of public health in a global context. Established in 1999, the fellowship provides an opportunity for third- and fourth-year medical and veterinary students to gain public health experience in an international setting. Hubert fellows spend six to twelve weeks in a developing country working on a priority health problem in conjunction with CDC staff. Through these experiences, students establish relationships with, and receive training from, recognized experts from CDC and other national and international health agencies.
  • The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS-F) Support Center at Vanderbilt is offering a one-year clinical research training experience for graduate-level U.S. students in the health professions. This is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to experience mentored research training at top-ranked NIH-funded research centers in developing countries.
  • NIH Training
  • The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: Location is in Gabon, French speaking recommended/required. Local Schweitzer Fellowships are also available for which French language is not required. Several Baylor students have received these, it is definitely worth applying!
  • Unite For Sight®: Unite For Sight® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers communities worldwide to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness. Local and visiting volunteers work with partner eye clinics to provide eye care in communities without previous access with the goal of creating communities free from eye disease.

Anything to add? Please e-mail rolvera@bcm.edu

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