There are several distinct International Health programs affiliated with Case School of Medicine that involve faculty in the Center for Global Health, the University Hospitals of Cleveland, the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center.
The Framework Program for Global Health integrates a variety of academic disciplines at Case Western Reserve University that are relevant to Global Health. Students participating in individual academic programs will have an opportunity to expand their exposure to these other disciplines through an introductory Global Health course, INTH 401. Students may then use the resources of this program to apply their individual course of study to a specific area of Global Health through additional courses and/or with international experiences.
Each year, 25 to 30 Case medical students travel abroad for study and research. Some students do this during the summer after their first year of study, the only scheduled break in the four year curriculum; others take one or two months of senior year electives abroad. Most of these students travel to developing countries, and recent students have gone to many countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. More information regarding locations visited and possible overseas contacts can be found on the International Experiences & Opportunities Page.
The Center for Global Health & Diseases plays a major role in coordinating and arranging these international student activities. The Center has existing linkages with a number of overseas programs suitable for sponsored Case students, and about half of Case students who go abroad use these opportunities. Other students initiate and plan their own programs; the Center facilitates their efforts and sponsors them after their arrangements are complete. The Center does not sponsor or facilitate international activities for students from other medical schools.
Funding for international student travel is limited. The Case Office of Student Affairs controls small endowment funds that provide awards for senior students. These awards typically are several hundred dollars. Students may obtain research fellowships from the Crile Fund, also administered by the Office of Student Affairs, and these fellowships may be used to pursue research overseas. First year students in the primary care track may use their allotted funds from that program to undertake their required summer activities, which may be done at an appropriate international site. Finally, the Department of Family Medicine funds a limited number of fellowships for students during the summer following first year, and these funds may be used for an appropriate international activity.
The Center for Global Health & Diseases has two competitively awarded fellowships supported by endowed funds. The amount of these fellowships depends on the endowment incomes; in recent years awards of $1,800 have been made.
Frederick C. Robbins Fellowship
This fellowship honors Dr. Frederick C. Robbins and was established by contributions made by friends of Dr. Robbins. Dr. Robbins was a University Professor Emeritus. He is a Nobel Laureate for cultivation of the poliovirus, a former professor and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center , a former dean of the Case School of Medicine, and a former president of the Institute of Medicine .
Janet S. and Thomas M. Daniel Fellowship
This fellowship was established by a gift from Janet S. and Thomas M. Daniel. Dr. Daniel is Professor Emeritus of Medicine and International Health. He is a former director of the Center for International Health. He held many academic positions during his four decade career at Case Western Reserve Univesity.
Contributions to the Frederick C. Robbins Fund or the Janet S. and Thomas M. Daniel Fund.
Contributions may be made by interested individuals and will be used to increase the endowments supporting these fellowships. Checks should be made to Case Western Reserve University, ear marked for the appropriate fund, and sent to the attention of Carmel Gambatese, Center for Global Health & Diseases, Case Western Reserve University, Biomedical Research Building 4th Floor West Administrative Offices, 10900 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106-4983.
Travel fellowships are available for medical students and Family Medicine residents at CWRU. For more information please contact: