In addition to opportunities for work abroad, Global Health & Medicine (GH&M) is committed to working within our own local community to raise awareness of global health issues.

Faculty Mentorship: Breakfast and Lunch Talks

Faculty members share their research and clinical experiences in global health in a casual setting, where students can interact and network with leaders in various fields.

Human Rights Symposium

For the past few years, GH&M has hosted a workshop or symposium focused on human rights issues and the well-being of refugees and immigrants. The 2022 Human Rights Symposium will be held on Saturday, September 17, and will be an interdisciplinary event featuring speakers from WashU medical school, WashU law school, and community organizations. Topics will include asylum law, crimes against humanity, the asylum process, medical forensic documentation for asylum applications, trauma-informed care, mental health for survivors of torture, clinical medical exams for refugees and immigrants, and more.

Lecture Series: Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)

During the spring of 2022, GH&M hosted a 4-part lecture series on global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) featuring perspectives from WashU faculty and external experts on basic science, clinical research, implementation science, epidemiology, and international WHO policy on addressing AMR.

  • Dr. Gautam Dantas
    • Basic science and clinical research on AMR, including tracking the spread of AMR in ICUs at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis and in Pakistan
  • Dr. Caline Mattar
    • Antimicrobial stewardship and implementation science in Ghana
  • Dr. Elizabeth Tayler
    • AMR policy at the WHO and at the country-level in Egypt
  • Dr. Sumanth Gandra
    • AMR epidemiology and antibiotic surveillance projects in India

Global Health Symposium

In the past, GH&M has hosted a Global Health Symposium, where a keynote speaker from outside the Washington University community is invited to come speak about new international health issues in their area of expertise. The symposium has also previously featured a trivia lunch, additional shorter talks by WashU faculty, and a poster exhibition of medical students who have done research abroad. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, research and travel abroad were paused, and we look forward to potentially resuming the Global Health Symposium in the future.

The 21st Annual Global Health Symposium in 2019 featured Dr. Christine Dubray from the CDC, and the 20th Annual Global Health Symposium in 2018 (with a theme of Global Cancer) featured keynote speaker Dr. Ami Bhatt of Stanford University.

Community Service

Members of GH&M volunteer with the International Institute of St. Louis and collaborate with other student groups to focus on improving the health of underserved populations here in St. Louis.

Collaborating organizations include the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and the Asian-Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA).