The GHD Path of Excellence provides students an opportunity to integrate foundational, investigative and experiential learning to become agents of sustainable change to reduce domestic and global health disparities.
The program aims to provide a flexible, mentored, self-regulated environment to shape student learning within the domains of:
- Global and Domestic Burden of Disease,
- Reforming Health Care Systems Through Collaboration,
- Scholarship of Transformation, and
- Professional Development.
Med students must join this Path in winter of M1 year. The GHD experience centers on a four-year relationship with a GHD Advisor, with additional communication and support from more than a dozen GHD Advisors.
In the Scientific Trunk, students become familiar with the challenges, participants, programs and moral issues in addressing health disparities through a series of seminars with experienced faculty and small group exercises to consolidate learning. Students also take part in local field projects to address health disparities in collaboration with community-based organizations.
GHD students have the option of networking to begin exploring Capstone for Impact (CFI) projects in the Impact Accelerator month following the Scientific Trunk.
In the Branches, students work with a U-M faculty member to complete their CFI based on an 8-10 week field experience. Students also explore the implications of health disparities for their current clinical experiences and careers through a series of seminars, and continue to meet with their GHD Advisor to align personal, professional and social goals as they enter residency.
GHD partners with Global REACH to facilitate UMMS students' activities in global health disparities and with the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR) to facilitate students’ experiences in domestic settings.
The GHD Path is operated by a Faculty Steering Group and Advisors, with regular input from students.
GHD Scholarship Program
Senior medical students enrolled in the GHD Path who identify supplementary opportunities for 1-2 month experiences in low-resource settings – both international and domestic – are eligible to apply for support. The experiences must focus on areas such as research, development/implementation of innovative health-related interventions, program evaluation, needs assessment or educational program development.
Student input has been absolutely vital for the Global Health and Disparities Path of Excellence. They are also very interested in being active very early in the field, getting to know leaders on a personal basis and in developing networks with those who are doing direct work related to alleviating disparities.