Global Health

There are multiple approaches available to students who seek international learning opportunities.

  • Collaborate with faculty members who have international connections and ongoing projects
  • Identify learning and service opportunities through the student-run group FIHTM (see below).
  • Design your own path!

Using these approaches, over the past two academic years one or more of our students studied and worked in the following countries: Australia, Belize, Bhutan, Chile, China, Egypt, England, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, N. China, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam

Forum on International Health and Tropical Medicine (FIHTM)

FIHTM is a medical-student-run group that aims to enlighten the medical community about international-health concerns both by getting out into the world and by bringing knowledge home. A major focus is facilitation of international experiences for medical students. Each year, 10 fourth-year medical students receive scholarship funds to pursue international rotations. For example, current students have plans to study in Egypt, Bangladesh, Peru, Israel, Guatemala and Honduras.

For alternative spring breaks, second-year students visit Nicaragua to work on public health clinics and clinic-building projects. FITHM also sponsors fund-raising events and organizes an annual symposium that focuses on international health.

FIHTM sponsors an annual symposium featuring poster sessions, a keynote address, breakout sessions and a lunch panel. It is held in conjunction with Washington University Institute for Public Health’s Global Health Symposium.

Special Features on FIHTM:

Examples of Faculty with International Interests

Anucha Apisarnthanarak, MD
Assistant Professor, Thammasart University Hospital, Pratumthani, Thailand
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
Research Interests: Avian influenza, infection control in developing countries and outbreak investigation

Dave B. Clifford, MD
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Medicine
Research Interests: HIV neurological disorders, peripheral neuropathy, HIV-related dementia, AIDS neurology, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), neurologic infection, multiple sclerosis

Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, Pathology and Immunology
Research Interests: Pathogenesis of West Nile and Dengue Virus infections

Joan Downey
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Newborn Medicine
Research Interests: Newborn medicine

Daniel E. Goldberg, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and of Molecular Microbiology
Co-Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Research Interests: Intraerythrocytic malaria parasites

Mark Manary, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Dr. Manary’s research interests focus on different aspects of nutrition in populations of developing countries, especially in Malawi, Africa. Dr. Manary has been awarded multiple grants and awards to fund his research activities, most recently including grants from the Thrasher Research Fund, Nestle Foundation and the Allen Foundation. Dr. Manary is a member of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition.

Robert T. Paschall, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Dr. Paschall has a special interest in pediatrics in developing countries, particularly in Honduras where he serves as leader for volunteer medical and dental teams. Recently he organized an international elective in Honduras for medical students and residents at Washington University School of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals.

Gary J. Weil, MD
Professor of Medicine, Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology
Research Interests: Clinical parasitology, tropical medicine, travel medicine and international health

Patricia Wolff
Dr. Wolff founded Meds & Food for Kids (MFK) in 2004, after she saw that medications and small amounts of the local staples rice, beans and corn weren’t enough to nourish children back to health.