Global Health Track

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 twelve and seven years respectively. Multi-specialty teams in medicine, surgery, nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy volunteer on a quarterly basis. Teams include students and residents in various disciplines. Working alongside 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 within the department.

 

The Global Health Track will be selectively offered to internal medicine residents, medicine/pediatrics residents, or pediatrics residents who desire a broader and deeper exposure to service and learning in global health. 

 It is not a requirement to be accepted to the global health residency track to participate in service trips to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. However, priority is given to global health residents.

Requirements

  1. Acceptance to the Rush internal medicine categorical residency program, medicine/pediatric residency program or pediatric residency program.
  • Applicants entering the categorical internal medicine or categorical pediatric residency will apply during their M4 year to begin work in the track their intern year. Work will span all 3 years of respective residency. If entering the Med/Peds residency, applicants will apply for the track during their intern year, to begin participation in the track their 2nd year. Work will span the remaining 3 years of their residency. It is set up this way due to time constraints during the intern year of med/peds residency.
  1. Completion of the following over a three-year period:
  • Self-study curriculum as outlined by the section director
  • Community Outreach and Social Determinants Curriculum
  • Participation in a minimum of three weeks of service in the Dominican Republic and/or Haiti
  • Participation in a longitudinal study/project as outlined by the section director
  • Presentation at a Grand Rounds or noon conference
  • Participation in Global Health Journal Clubs and Lecture Series

Cost

A scholarship will be provided to residents to offset the cost of the trips (logistics and airfare). Residents should expect to pay $500-600 per trip.

Salary and benefits

Residents are compensated a salary according to their PGY level. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as an educational stipend. Visit the directories and resources page for more information on salary and benefits.

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How to apply

Applicants may submit the global health residency track application after they have matched into the Rush 2018 categorical IM program, medicine/pediatrics program or pediatrics program. Deadline for submission is April 2, 2018.

Applicants will complete the following:

  1. Online application
  2. 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?
  3. Interview with section director (phone interview optional)

Candidates will be selected at the discretion of the section director.

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Get involved

Volunteer opportunities

1. Participate on one of our trips to Haiti or the Dominican Republic

  • Teams travel to Haiti and the Dominican Republic (DR) approximately every 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.
  • Complete travel waiver

2. Help out with our annual Art for Health Benefit

  • 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. 
  • All donations to this benefit are tax-deductible.

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 email Emelina Quintana or call or (312) 942-4666.

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Make a donation

Want to help us achieve our goal of providing health care and education to those in Haiti and the Dominican Republic?

Please visit our giving page to donate now.

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. Contact the specific volunteer to learn how you can give.

Donate medications and 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:

  1. 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.
  2. New or gently used medical equipment, such as canes, crutches and walkers
  3. Eyeglasses

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 the Kellogg Building, Suite 1119, 1717 W. Congress Parkway.

Please include your name and contact information on the donation in case we need to contact you.

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Section leadership

   
Stephanie Crane, MD
Section Director
Stephanie Crane, MD
Jennifer Towbin, MD
Assistant Section Director
Jennifer Towbin
Shanu Gupta, MD
Core Faculty, Global Health Curriculum
Shanu Gupta, MD
Emelina Quintana
Senior Program Coordinator
Emelina Quintana

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Photo galleries

The image gallery below includes photos from our 2010, 2011, and 2012 trips to Haiti.

Haiti Photos

 

The image gallery below includes photos from our 2009, 2010, and 2011 trips to the Dominican Republic.

DR Photos