GMED track supplements the existing curriculum of the College of Medicine by
adding a global focus to existing small-group activities in the M1 and M2 year,
by creating co-curricular opportunities for the GMED students, and by offering
elective and capstone experiences related to global health.
Essentials of Clinical Medicine
single ECM small group will be created for the GMED cohort. Faculty facilitators will be from the
Center for Global Health, and M4 tutors will be GMED students. The group will remain in tact for the
M1 and M2 years. This will build
cohesion among the GMED students and provide an ongoing opportunity for
mentoring by faculty and more senior medical students.
activities are offered to provide
additional depth in core global health topics. These include “lunch and learn” sessions and/or evening
sessions, as well as online sessions during the clinical third and fourth
years. Topics may include: global
burden of disease and health care disparities, Millennium Development Goals,
social and economic determinants of health, health care in low-resource
settings, tropical medicine, ethics in global health, health care systems,
environment and global health, disaster medicine, humanitarian relief, global
health care policy; cultural beliefs and their impact on physician/patient
interactions, alternative/complementary medicine, faith/religious issues as
related to health, and global health literacy
students will also attend a variety of selected activities related to global health that are also available to the general
student population, such as campus and city-wide lectures on global health
topics, global health conferences and expositions.
foreign language workshops are available to GMED students, who are encouraged
to demonstrate a proficiency in a second language for conversational use in a
health care setting.
students are encouraged to pursue a Masters in Public Health degree (MPH) or
certificate program at the School of Public Health at UIC.
International Electives and
students have the opportunity to participate in two international electives. The first is during the summer between
the M1 and M2 years. The focus of
this elective would vary depending on the interest of the student. Options
include but are not limited to: a clinical observation (particularly if the
GMED student could bring added value to the experience e.g. acting as an
interpreter), a research experience, a public health intervention, or an
educational experience (e.g. learn about global health care systems or
policies). Another possibility
includes a potential collaboration with Chicago Sister Cities, an organization
that links Chicago with 28 international cities.
second international experience would be during the M4 year. Possibilities for the focus of this
experience would include the above as well as a hands-on supervised clinical
the end of the program, GMED students will have an opportunity to share their
experiences through a capstone project presentation, and at a special GMED