Online Program

Transforming medical trips into a significant learning opportunity in global health

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Pilar Martin, MD, MPH, MHSA, School of Allied Health and Life Sciences _ MPH Program, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
Michael A. Melchior, PhD, MPH, International Health Connection, Miami, FL
Brian Kunkle, PhD, MPH, International Health Connection, Miami, FL
Karlyn Guirand-Emile, MPH, CHES, International Health Connection, Miami, FL
Leriche Louis, RN, MPH, International Health Connection, Miami, FL
Rebecca Cole, MDc, Herbert Wertheim Colleg of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Eric Knot, MDc, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Background: For the last several years, medical mission trips during medical school have become an increasingly common vehicle through which expose future doctors to the field of global health. Medical students from Florida International University (FIU) started participating in medical trips to Haiti in 2010 under the auspices of International Health Connection. First intended as mere international experience, they quickly evolved into an important component of the comprehensive training of future physicians.

Objectives: - Provide medical students with international learning experiences easily applicable and integrated within their medical curriculum - Enhance understanding of global health issues and increase cultural competency - Improve clinical skills to provide effective care in poor-setting resources. - Promote interdisciplinary work and cooperation within medical team.

Methods: Faculty traveling with the students fully participate in the entire trip planning and preparation. Prior to the trip, students receive pertinent training in the main conditions and diseases that they will encounter as well as in basic language skills. Once at the clinic, medical students assume specific responsibilities and under clinician supervision. Upon returning, students present their learning experience and the most relevant cases managed .Trips and learning experience are evaluated using a survey. A total of 38 students have participated, treating over 1,300 patients have been treated.

Conclusions: Systematically planned medical trips can prove an essential component of global health training within medical education by designing relevant and specific learning objectives within the medical curriculum. Key elements for success include assigning responsibilities and providing training, feedback and evaluation

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how routine medical trips can be a learning instrument in global health in medical education. Describe how to define clear learning objectives, activities and evaluation practices so that medical trips can become integrated in medical education curriculum

Keyword(s): International Health, Health Futures Curriculum

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been an Assistant Professor in Public Health since 2007. I have more than 25 years of Public Health experience including: PH practice, research, academia and global health. I was the PI for a contract award with CDC from 2001- 2006
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.