2016-15 Annual Report

Monday, March 13, 2017

View the Global REACH Annual Report for 2015-16.



Dr. Joseph Kolars, Senior Associate Dean for Education & Global Initiatives, on a 2015 visit to a school near Fort Portal in western Uganda.

Colleagues and friends,
The global health community at the University of Michigan continued to grow and thrive throughout the 2015-16 academic year, thanks in no small part to support and resources provided through Global REACH.
The year ushered in many milestones. We launched burgeoning institutional relationships in Taiwan that will add to a growing portfolio of research and education platforms. Our team offered career-changing (and in many cases life-changing) educational experiences abroad to more than 50 medical students. At the same time, we helped bring nearly 300 scholars and learners from more than a dozen countries to Michigan Medicine. And we offered our first-ever Partnership Development Grants, fostering new international collaborations among an already robust network of scholars and researchers.
That network is expanding. More than 20 colleagues joined our Faculty Associate/Affiliate programs in 2015-16, adding their expertise to a collective U-M global health community. Interest in global health is strong among students as well, with nearly three quarters of incoming medical students indicating that global health offerings played a significant role in their decision to attend UMMS.
By supporting faculty and students alike in their international research and learning endeavors, UMMS continues to recognize the importance of global health – not only for our partners overseas, but for our own institution as well. I’ve always maintained that the most powerful international collaborations are rooted in respect and mutual benefit, a conviction at the core of our work in Global REACH and in evidence throughout this report. As you will see, global health experiences tend to change our students and scholars for the better, and that in turn has the power to change the world.
Joseph C. Kolars, MD
Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education
Senior Associate Dean for Education & Global Initiatives
University of Michigan Medical School