2017 Sujal Symposium

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Rackham School of Graduate Studies, 4th Floor


Students and faculty interested in global health are invited to attend the 2017 Sujal Symposium, which this year will focus on weighing the potential benefits against the inherent perils of student experiences in low-resource settings. Join us for a poster session, student essay competition, and faculty debate exploring the risks and rewards of student engagement in low-resource healthcare settings.

RSVP here and find detailed information below.



Does student involvement in an under-resourced area do more harm than good?

Featuring: Brent Williams, MD, GHD Director & Joseph Kolars, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education & Global Initiatives

Despite the best intentions, student involvement in low-resource areas comes with inevitable risks. Who benefits more from services rendered – students, or the communities they ostensibly serve? What are the unforeseen risks of bringing trainees into under-resourced areas? Hear two very different perspectives from esteemed colleagues with a wealth of experience mentoring students engaging in low-resource areas. Listen to each side, then weigh in during a Q & A.



In 1,000 words or less, consider a firsthand experience you’ve had in a low-resource area through the perspective of the community you were there to serve. How (and how much) did the community benefit? Who funded the experience? Who made significant decisions that made it possible? A select number of finalists will be invited to read their essay aloud at the Oct. 4 symposium and one winner will be awarded $250. Click here for complete submission guidelines and instructions.



Global REACH is accepting abstract/poster submissions of original individual or group research. We invite abstracts from any discipline. Abstracts should be less than 300 words and focus on research and/or practices that address health disparities and contribute to health equity in a domestic or international setting. Poster abstract deadline is Sept. 15, 2017. Find the poster abstract guidelines and submission form here.


Sujal M. Parikh


5:30 p.m.   Poster Session

6:15 p.m.   Dinner

7:00 p.m.   Debate

8:00 p.m.   Essay Competition Presentations

8:30 p.m.   Wrap-up



Read about the history of the symposium and the event's namesake, the late Sujal M. Parikh.