The Global Health Initiative - Background
The development of the Global Health Initiative Fund is a significant step towards addressing pressing health care needs, educating young doctors in global health issues and encouraging the growth of primary care doctors. The world is in need of sustainable health care, with a greater need in under-resourced countries. People around the globe need doctors - not only doctors who are well educated and highly trained, but doctors who are excited about what they do every day. We strive to help mentor the physicians of tomorrow by meeting today’s health care needs. Since 2008, the Global Health Initiative has funded over 400 medical students to serve in 35 different resource-limited countries around the world.
Did You Know?
Your help with our Global Health Initiative Fund serves to give our students, residents, fellows and faculty members at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine an educational experience that will inspire them throughout their medical careers.
How to Beat the Doctor Shortage: Big Changes Ahead for Patients
The New England Journal for Medicine
An International Service Corps for Health - An Unconventional Prescription for Diplomacy
Academic Medicine, January 2013
Can Medical Students Afford to Choose Primary Care? An Economic Analysis of Physician Education Debt Repayment
Medical Group Management Association
Medical Philanthropy Creates Global Community
The Robert Graham Center
Specialty and Geographic Distribution of the Physician Workforce: What influences medical student & resident choices?
Medical Miscalculation Creates Doctor Shortage
The New England Journal of Medicine
Easing the Shortage in Adult Primary Care - Is It All about Money?
Funding link for medical students and residents:
Feinberg School of Medicine - Center for Global Health
An example and sample of an approved clinical site for FSM students:
Hillside Clinic in Belize
For further reading, please see Factors Associated With Medical Students’ Career Choices Regarding Internal Medicine JAMA, September 10, 2008 – Vol. 300, No. 10.