For medical students who are eager to serve diverse patient populations both in the US and abroad, as well as gain a better perspective on the global healthcare landscape, the School of Medicine’s Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP) offers a formal curriculum for students to enhance their knowledge and skills in global health.

Global Health Scholars Program in Nicaragua

GHSP Mission Statement

The mission of the Global Health Scholars Program is to support interested students in distinguishing themselves as scholars in global health through immersion experiences, scholastic efforts, education, and reflection. Scholars will develop a foundation of global health knowledge and skills that will enable them to confidently incorporate global health into their future careers. Scholars will grow in the areas of: Reflection, Education, Immersion, and Scholastic Efforts.

Program Requirements

Education: Learn, Question, Understand

  • Attend 4 faculty lectures
  • Attend 2 Conversational InSIGHT discussions
  • Attend 2 documentary discussions
  • Attend 1 global health reading discussion

Immersion: Go, See, Engage

  • Complete 1 GHSP approved immersive experience

Capstone: Synthesize, Present, Contribute

  • Complete 1 research project and present at a conference
    - or -
  • Complete a reflection piece for presentation at a SIGHT event

Application Process

Students may apply by completing the application below

GHSP application

GHSP-Approved Immersion Sites/Programs

GHSP Blood pressure checkPreclinical Years

  • Students Interested in Global Health for Tomorrow (SIGHT) Nicaragua Trip
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) Guatemala Medical Mission Trip

Clinical Years

  • Himalayan Health Exchange
  • Jamaica Medical Mission Elective
  • Child Family Health International
  • Community for Children
  • Global Brigades
  • South African – Stellenbosch University
  • STEER: South Texas Environmental Education and Research
  • Others based on pre-approval

Education

Students have the opportunity to engage in global health issues through the various education opportunities listed below:

  • Global Health Faculty “Lunch & Learn” Lecture Series
    • Lectures on global health issues by faculty throughout the School of Medicine
  • Conversational InSIGHT Journal Club
    • Discussions over global health topics via selected podcasts, TED talks, journal manuscripts, and more
  • Documentary Nights
    • Selected global health documentary viewings with discussion
  • Medical Spanish Course
    • Six-week course on medical Spanish taught by Spanish department graduate student
  • Book discussion
    • Selected book on global health topic with discussion
GHSP Trip

 

Meet Our Team

Amy Braddock, MD, MSPH

Amy Braddock, MD, MSPH

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Amy Williams, MD, MSPH, is a practicing family physician and an Associate Professor and clinical researcher in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Williams has served as the faculty advisor of Students Interested in Global Health for Tomorrow (SIGHT) for 3 years and is passionate about global health educational and service experiences, having traveled to Jamaica, Panama, Uganda, Nicaragua, and Vietnam. In addition, Dr. William's research focuses on child obesity, especially in low-income and racial and ethnic minority families. She is investigating the influence of stress from racial discrimination and stereotype on child obesity, clinic and community-based approaches to preventing and treating childhood obesity, as well as policy initiatives to improve community health.

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Fassil B. Mesfin, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS

Fassil B. Mesfin, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS

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Dr. Mesfin is a tenured associate professor of neurological surgery at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. After completing a Neurosurgery residency training at Albany Medical Center Hospital, he did a fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology including complex spine and stereotactic radiosurgery training at the University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center. A member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, Dr. Mesfin completed his MD, PhD training at Albany Medical College. Dr. Mesfin has been involved in Global Health Initiative since he was in training. He participates in the Federation of International Education in Neurosurgery (FIENS) which trains Neurosurgical Residents in developing countries such as Ethiopia. He is also involved with Madaktari Africa (Doctors for Africa), a Neurosurgery Mission to Tanzania. Dr. Mesfin is passionate about global health and activities involved in the training of neurosurgical residencies in the developing countries. He is the co-founder of a non-for-profit organization called "Bridging the Gap" an organization that works with connecting professionals including health care providers to developing countries with the goal of the providing a training of local professionals including physicians in order to improve outcome by shearing knowledge with a goal of making it self-sustaining in the developing countries.  

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Rochelle Parker, MD

Rochelle Parker, MD

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Before going to medical school Dr. Parker was a physical therapist in California where she had many Spanish-speaking patients in rehab. Because she spoke Spanish, life stories of many of the rehab patients were shared-sparking her interest in global health. From there she went to Chicago medical school at Northwester, again, she encountered many cultures and life stories of people who had come to Chicago from other parts of the world. 

From Chicago her family moved to Columbia, MO where she connected with people doing medical trips, Jamaica - with the late Dr. Gordon Christenson, infectious disease specialist and Guatemala with the Methodist mission group working with ODIM (Organization for the Development of the Indigenous Maya).

Then five years at Student Health, ten years as a hospitalist, now outpatient internal medicine at Fairview clinic. She is continuing playing the organ for church, plus playing keyboard for musical theatres. During the pandemic, other musicians and herself played a Saturday night live program to keep connected as well.

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Heather Pierce, MD

Heather Pierce, MD

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Dr. Pierce has been an Assistant Professor for Family and Community Medicine for over 15 years. She teachers medical students and resident physicians at the UP-Callaway practice in Fulton, Missouri. She has passion for improving and supporting access to health care in the face of socioeconomic and cultural differences. Close to home, she is providing primary care to rural community with varied access to resources. Abroad, she has close family ties to a remarkable hospital in the highlands of Guatemala. Hospitalito Atitlan delivers healthcare in region of 45,000 indigenous Mayans. It is built and supported by donations, community, and student/medical volunteers. As an occasional consultant and avid support, she is proud that the Hospitalito has successfully provided access to modern healthcare, while continually showing respect for and embracing cultural traditions. An important balance. 

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Kathleen Quinn, PhD

Kathleen Quinn, PhD

Bio

Kathleen Quinn, PhD, joined the University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Office of Rural Health in 2000 and was named Associate Dean for Rural Health in 2013. In addition to advising the Global Health Scholars Program (GHSP), she leads the Rural Scholars Program (RSP), which is designed to provide students with ongoing exposure to rural medicine and guide them toward careers in the field. Throughout the years, she has established statewide partnerships with organizations, communities and hospital systems to ensure the RSP’s success. Dr. Quinn has been the principal investigator on continuous grants from the Health Resources Services Administration and the Department of Health and Senior Services. She serves on health advisory boards for the United Way and the Missouri Hospital Association. She is a committee member for COMPASS (Contemplating Medicine, Patients, Self and Society) and the Medical Student Performance Evaluation committee, and she serves on the Committee for Respect and Civility in the Learning Environment.

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Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart

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Chris Stewart is the CEO of Katy Trail Community Health, a federally qualified community health center in west central Missouri. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a master's in women's history. Chris started her career working as a community organizer in eastern North Carolina. While there, she worked for an African American Community Organization, the Concerned Citizens of Tillery. CCT created a community store, a community clinic and they worked to keep corporate hog operations out of Halifax County North Carolina. Chris has worked in the Missouri Area Health Education program before working with community health centers. She is the founding director of the Oral Health Network of Missouri and has been with KTCH since 2005.

Jack Wells, MD, MHA, CHSE

Jack Wells, MD, MHA, CHSE

Bio

Following family medicine residency, Dr. Wells practiced emergency medicine in a variety of settings, from rural hospitals to level 1 trauma centers, serving as medical director of ground and air EMS services. After 16 years in emergency medicine he returned to family medicine in an academic setting and helped developed simulation curricula in critical patient assessment and in procedure skills using the concepts of mastery learning and deliberate practice. They have also incorporated deliberate practice into non procedural areas such as behavioral sciences and global health education. He is currently the medical director of the Shelden Clinical Simulation Center in the School of Medicine. 

In 2006 Dr. Wells went to Honduras for a short term medical service trip and was immediately captivated by serving in low resource settings. He has been back to Honduras and to Guatemala on several trips, most recently with the CMDA group. He loves the opportunity to help those less fortunate than we in the US, and to help our learners experience providing medical care in environments vastly different from our own. He also enjoys teaching local providers techniques that will allow them to deliver a higher level of care to their own patients. 

In helping to develop a global health curriculum using simulation Dr. Wells has been able to help our students and residents simulate the experience of serving in low resource settings as they learn how different cultures approach healthcare. He has given several presentations on this topic nationally and internationally, and hope to be able to use that experience to help our Global Health Scholars as they prepare to serve in many different settings. 

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