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

  • Collaborate with faculty members who have international connections and ongoing projects (see a partial list of such faculty, below).
  • Identify learning and service opportunities through the student-run group Global Health & Medicine.
  • 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.

WUSM Global Health & Medicine

WUSM Global Health & Medicine (formerly known as the Forum on International Health and Tropical Medicine), 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. The Global Health & Medicine student organization sponsors fund-raising events and organizes an annual symposium focused on international health. The 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:

Examples of Faculty with International-focused Research 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

Phillip Budge, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Research Interests: Global elimination of lymphatic filariasis (LF) and other neglected tropical diseases. Current work focuses on development of diagnostic tools for these diseases that can be used in the context of global public health programs.

Dave B. Clifford, MD
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Medicine
Research Interests: Interested in the pathophysiology and treatment of neurologic infectious diseases, with a particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS-associated neurologic diseases. Active in clinical trials involving HIV, HIV-associated cognitive disorder, HIV-associated peripheral neuropathy and pain, HIV-2, and progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy.

Lisa de las Fuentes, MD
Professor of Medicine and Biostatistics
Research Interests: Dr. de las Fuentes’ ongoing clinical and translational research projects investigate the role played by common genetic variants in myocardial metabolism genes in modulating the hypertensive cardiovascular disease phenotype in humans. Of particular interest are the genetic, metabolic, and environmental predictors of left ventricular hypertrophy, left ventricular dysfunction, and vascular hypertrophy.

Michael S. Diamond, MD, PhD
The Herbert S. Gasser Professor, Departments of Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, Pathology and Immunology
Research Interests: Research focuses on the interface between viral pathogenesis and the host immune response. For several years, we have been primarily focused on two globally important mosquito-borne human pathogens, West Nile virus and Dengue virus. Recently, we have begun to study another member of the same virus family, hepatitis C, which causes chronic hepatitis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. Investigations with hepatitis C virus are aimed at generating a novel mouse model and understanding the epitope specificity of protective antibodies against this virus.

Daniel E. Goldberg, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and of Molecular Microbiology; David M. and Paula L. Kipnis Distinguished Professor
Co-Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Research Interests: Interested in the biology of malaria and in developing new drugs for malaria.

Lauren Henke, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology
Research Interests: Motion management, adaptive radiation therapy, advanced image-guided radiation therapy, MRI-guided radiation therapy, clinical trial design.

Mark Manary, MD
Helene B. Roberson Professor of Pediatrics
Research Interests: Prevention and treatment of primary malnutrition in Africa, pathophysiology of kwashiorkor, development of novel foods to heal tropical enteropathy, use of plant genetic engineering to improve nutrition security. The locale of his work has been mostly in Malawi, although he works throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Manary is a member of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition.

Gary J. Weil, MD
Professor of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology; Gerald and Judith Medoff Professor of Infectious Diseases
Research Interests: Clinical parasitology, tropical medicine, travel medicine and global health. Laboratory conducts research on filarial nematode parasites that cause important tropical diseases such as elephantiasis and river blindness. This includes basic research on parasite biology and translational research to develop improved diagnostic tests and treatments. Weil serves as the principal investigator for the DOLF (Death to Onchocerciasis and Lymphatic Filariasis) Project supported by the Gates Foundation.