UMMS Student Opportunities Abroad

Coursework, rotations, research, and studying for boards. In an already-crowded medical school curriculum, finding time for an international experience is not easy. But for the students who do, time abroad can be infinitely rewarding. They not only learn about medicine in an entirely different (often resource-scarce) setting, but they also discover things about themselves – lessons that follow them into their careers, regardless of what type of medicine they ultimately pursue, or where they pursue it.

Global REACH supports UMMS students participating in educational experiences abroad through a variety of funded clinical and research-based programs for students at any level and with any interest. In 2016-17, Global REACH helped about 40 students embark on educational experiences across 18 countries around the world.

Award types

Global Health and Disparities Scholarships: Supporting M3 and M4-level students enrolled in the Global Health & Disparities Path of Excellence to pursue scholarly goals aimed at addressing health disparities in low-resource settings - both domestic and international.

M3 and M4 Clincial Elective Grants: For upper-level medical students looking to conduct a clinical elective at a UMMS partner institution overseas.

Woll Scholarships: For students to embark on clinical clerkships in a developing country thanks to the generous support of Drs. Douglas and Margo Yellin Woll.

Conference Grants: Supporting student travel to prominent off-campus global health conferences (national or international) to showcase their work conducted through Global REACH scholarships.

University of São Paulo Winter School Travel Grants: Supporting student participation in the University of São Paulo Medical School’s unique Winter School program.

Non-Traditional Scholarships: Funding a variety of student-developed international educational experiences on a case-by-case basis.

Other Grant Opportunities: More U-M-sponsored or affiliated programs supporting student involvement in global health.

Travel Resources

Find information to help plan your overseas educational experience in the Travel Services area of the website, including travel registry and insurance information, visa and passport resources, a pre-departure timeline and checklist, and more.

Student Publications

Global REACH-funded educational experiences often focus on research and sometimes result in publications for the participating students. Below are some recent examples.

Healthcare provider attitudes regarding the provision of assisted reproductive services for HIV-affected couples in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Kylie Steenbergh and Alana Pinsky
In the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. April 2018

Development of a rapid point-of-care patient reported outcome measure for cataract surgery in India
Hong-Gam Le
in Health and Quality Life Outcomes. January, 2018

Cardiopulmonary ultrasound for critically ill adults improves diagnostic accuracy in a resource-limited setting: the AFRICA trial
Matt Tafoya and Chelsea Tafoya
in Tropical Medicine & International Health. December, 2017

The use of practice guidelines in the management of pediatric cases of Acute Otitis Media in Amman, Jordan
Mohamad Issa
in the International Journal of Pediatric Otorhynolaryngology. May, 2017