Health care providers from Rush have been supporting and assisting local communities in the Dominican Republic and Haiti to establish and sustain public health and medical services for the past eight and three years, respectively. Multi-specialty teams in medicine, surgery, nursing, physical therapy and pharmacy volunteer in these sites on a quarterly basis. These teams include students and residents in various disciplines. Working in conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs
, the Section of Global Health in the Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
was appointed in 2013 and aims to provide expanded training and service opportunities for the department.
The Rush Global Health Fellowship (RGHF) is a one-year fellowship with the following goals:
- Provide opportunities for service and learning in the areas of infectious disease, social medicine and systems of health care delivery in under-resourced populations.
- Provide mentorship and leadership training.
- Prepare the fellow for a career in global health and academic hospitalist medicine.
- Five months of service in Haiti.
- Our 2013-14 Fellow will be supervised and mentored by Megan Coffee, MD, PhD, who heads the TB ward at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince. Clinical work will include both in-patient and out-patient service in TB/HIV care. In addition, the fellow will be working with Rush primary care teams when they are in Haiti.
- Five months of hospitalist service at RUMC.
- This includes 2 weeks of nocturnist service. Responsibilities will include supervising and training house staff and medical students.
- One month of vacation.
- One month devoted to curricular activities including the following:
- Completion of the nationally-recognized global health certificate program. The program is offered through the University of Minnesota and is primarily done online. Completion of the course allows one to sit for the ASTMH (American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene), which is offered on a biennial basis.
- Participation in a project with a presentation at a local or regional meeting.
Below is an example schedule for the global health fellow:
*** The weeks off written into the schedule act as place holders for part of the four-week vacation time. There is still one more week, which can be placed in where convenient for the fellow. Dates are contingent upon the fellow’s start date.
Salary and Benefits
- The fellow will be compensated at a PGY4 level or higher and is eligible for all Rush benefits offered to attending staff.
- All housing and transportation costs while in Haiti will be covered.
Applications for positions beginning July 1, 2014 will be accepted starting October 1, 2013, and must be submitted by December 31, 2013. Interviews will be conducted in December and January, with final decisions by February 2014. Applicants must be on track to graduate from an accredited U.S.-based institution in internal medicine and must be a U.S. citizen or green-card holder. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor training visas.
Applicants will complete the following:
- Online application
- One page personal statement answering the following question: What is “global health?” Why do you believe that training in global health is relevant to medicine, to society at large and to you personally?
- Current CV
- Three letters of recommendation (one of these must be from a residency program director)
1. Participate on one of our trips to Haiti or the Dominican Republic!
- Teams travel to Haiti and the Dominican Republic (DR) approximately ever four months. They are comprised of attending physicians, resident physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, medical/physician assistant/nurse practitioner students, physical therapists, psychologists and pharmacists. We send both primary care and surgical teams to the DR. At the current time, we are only sending primary care teams to Haiti; however, we are actively in the process of adding a surgical component to our work in Haiti. Trips are a week long (including travel time).
- For more information about the trips, please read the Haiti travel information packet and the DR travel information packet.
- Art for Health was started by a group of artists and medical doctors committed to providing and improving health care for the underserved communities around the world, currently focusing on Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Each fall we hold an annual benefit to help raise money and awareness for these communities.
- 90% of the money raised goes directly towards scholarships for participants, funding to purchase medications and supplies for the trips and support for our ongoing public health projects in each country.
- We need volunteers to help with a variety of aspects for the events, such as publicity, set-up/take-down and assistance at the actual event.
- The next Art for Health benefit will take place in the Fall of 2014. Please visit the Art for Health page for more information.
**All donations to this benefit are tax-deductable.**
3. Help transport and pack medications prior to each trip
4. Data entry for ongoing research projects
If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact
or (312) 942-4666
Want to help us achieve our goal of providing health care and education to those in Haiti and the Dominican Republic?
There are several ways to donate:
1. Give to the general fund
We use this money to provide scholarships to residents, students and nurses to go on the trips, to purchase medications and supplies and to support local public health projects with which we are involved.
- Prior to completing your online donation, you will have the option to specify if you want your donation to go directly towards medications and supplies for trips, scholarships for volunteers, or public health projects. Use the drop down menu on the giving form to see your giving options.
2. Sponsor a specific volunteer's trip
Each trip costs approximately $900, which pays for housing, local transportation, food and logistics. This amount does not include airfare; the volunteers are responsible for purchasing their own.
- To help sponsor a volunteer's trip, you can either select the individual from the drop down menu on the giving form or contact the specific volunteer for a direct link to his/her giving page.
Donate Medications & Medical Supplies
When we send medical teams to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, we have to bring all of the medications and medical supplies we may need while there. While we have assistance in purchasing some of these, many of the over-the-counter medications and supplies must be purchased at full price, thus limiting the amount we can bring with us. The following is a list of medications and supplies that can help:
- Over-the-counter medications in unopened containers. Liquid bottles must be 1 oz or less. Commonly needed medications are pain relievers, anti-acid medications and anti-allergy medications, for both children and adults.
- New or gently used medical equipment, such as canes, crutches and walkers
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept liquid nutritional supplements, secondary to weight limits for transportation of supplies.
All medication/supply donations can be dropped off at the Rush Global Health Administrative Office in the Department of Internal Medicine
at 1653 W. Congress Parkway, Jones Building, Suite 323.
Please include your name and contact information on the donation in case we need to contact you.
The image gallery below includes photos from our 2010, 2011 and 2012 trips to Haiti.