Global Health Education

Project Title: Interprofessional Global Health Predeparture Training

Faculty Mentor’s Name:Dr. Elizabeth DeVos
Phone: 904-244-4405
Email: elizabeth.devos@jax.ufl.edu

Research Project Description:

Specific Aims: Review current educational literature for best practices for pre-travel education for medical students. Make suggestions for curricular and activity changes based on relevant resources. Contribute to development of assessment tools and educational activities for interprofessional predeparture training.
Methods: Literature review, search of online resources such as AMSA, EDX, CUGH materials and review of other UF colleges’ materials.
Outputs:
1)Annotated review of currently available materials such as AMSA, EDX Practitioner’s Guide to GlobalHealth, etc. and summary of identified best practices in the literature
2)Document suggesting any gaps in current pre-departure program and recommendations for UF post-travel debrief program to be instituted in the future
3)Poster or manuscript preparation or opportunity to write up new educational activity
4)Research questions for future related MSRP projects
Role of Medical Student: The medical student will work independently to execute a thorough review of resources identified by faculty and then search for additional appropriate resources. The student will be expected to work through the recommended online courses to provide a review of the content and time required for completion and also to identify any gaps in the current UF program. Student will then compile best practice information to guide development of post-travel reflections for UF students and make suggestions for format of the activity based on what he or she has learned. Student will work with faculty to develop appropriate checklists for pre- travel and to present findings in poster or manuscript form. Based on this work, student will identify areas which will need future investigation that may present opportunities for future global health MSRPs.

Entry Date: September 26, 2019

Project Title: Assessing International Electives in Global Health Education

Faculty Mentor’s Name:Dr. Elizabeth DeVos
Phone: 904-244-4405
Email: elizabeth.devos@jax.ufl.edu

Research Project Description:

UF has a rich history of ongoing medical-student led spring break service learning trips utilizing multidisciplinary teams to participate in primary care clinics for underserved areas abroad. In more recent years, the Office of Global Health Education Programs has broadened global health education to include a seminar series in local/global health equity and structured global health electives. To better evaluate all of these programs, we seek to develop structured post-travel and end-of-course reflection and measurement of learning outcomes. The MSRP student will assist in the review of current literature and best practices to contribute to the development of pilot assessment tools, which may include guided reflection, small group discussion and casework or potentially simulation or other methods. This project is well suited for a student interested in global health or medical education. MSRP student will have opportunity to submit output for presentation at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health annual conference or other appropriate global health/medical education outlets. Students wishing to continue work on this project will likely have the opportunity to participate in pre- and post-course evaluations and potential manuscript preparation. Funding is limited to MSRP program funding.

Entry Date: September 26, 2019

Project Title: Various projects in International Emergency Medicine programs

Faculty Mentor’s Name:Dr. Elizabeth DeVos
Phone: 904-244-4405
Email: elizabeth.devos@jax.ufl.edu

Research Project Description:

A variety of projects with the American College of Emergency Physicians’ International Ambassador Program and the International Federation for Emergency Medicine will have opportunities for student engagement in Summer 2020 to develop surveys and to work towards producing more easily accessible resources for emergency physicians practicing outside of the United States. Please discuss with Dr. DeVos by email for more details of specific available projects. Most projects will not require specific travel though the opportunity to attend an EM conference for data collection or presentation is possible. Funding is limited to MSRP funds.

Project Title: Clinical outcomes in pediatric surgery in low-resource settings

Faculty Mentor’s Name:Dr. Robin Petroze
Phone: 352-273-8825
Email: robin.petroze@surgery.ufl.edu

Research Project Description:

This project involves travel to Kigali, Rwanda. Students will partner with local students under the direction of a local mentor at the University Teaching Hospital in Kigali. Additional sites may be available at the University of Global Health Equity in Butaro, Rwanda. Projects require a minimum of 6 weeks internationally. All students will additionally participate in required predeparture training. Failure to satisfy training requirements will results in forfeit of the trip. Data collection will be hospital-based chart review.

As efforts to support pediatric health globally have made improvements in early childhood deaths due to infectious and diarrheal disease, the impact of noncommunicable disease, including surgical disease, becomes more important. This project entails partnering with surgeons in a low-resource setting to support their clinical research interests, mostly through retrospective chart review. Specific projects in pediatric surgery will focus on the development of an outcomes database for neonatal surgery, surgical nutrition, surgical infection, and post-surgical outcomes. All students will be paired with a local medical or public health student. This MSRP project aims to introduce students interested in global health to a curriculum of global health equity and provide an introduction to global health research in a collaborative fashion.