GEMx is excited to support the Student Projects for Health competition for the third consecutive year! The competition recognizes undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. Key contributors to such projects are encouraged to apply.
To learn more about Student Projects for Health visit the Student Projects for Health page on the FAIMER website. To apply to the 2017 competition, click here. The deadline for application is December 1, 2016.
GEMx is excited to announce that it is forming a Student Ambassador Network (SAN) to provide new leadership opportunities to students of GEMx Partner Schools. Up to two students from each Partner School can participate. Student Ambassadors will have opportunities to build international friendships and broaden their perspectives on different cultures, as well as expand their knowledge of health care by engaging in a global dialogue with peers and faculty from around the world.
Individuals interested in becoming Student Ambassadors should have a strong interest in global educational exchange in medicine and the health professions. In addition, they must be in good academic standing at their schools, demonstrate leadership and effective communication skills, and welcome opportunities for cultural exchange and international collaboration.
GEMx Student Ambassadors are appointed for a term of two academic years. During that time, they will collaborate with GEMx staff and their fellow Ambassadors in the SAN to help grow and enhance the GEMx program at their schools by increasing awareness about GEMx and informing students about the benefits of taking an international elective through GEMx. In addition, each Ambassador will assist the GEMx Program Manager at his or her school and provide support to students participating in GEMx electives by sharing information about the school, the region, and the local culture.
GEMx is committed to providing Student Ambassadors with international recognition for the work they do through social media, video interviews, international symposia, and other platforms. Student Ambassadors may also qualify for a US$1,000 grant award to help defray the costs of travel when taking an elective exchange through GEMx.
GEMx is once again excited to support the Student Projects for Health Competition, now in its second year! The competition recognizes currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. Key contributors to such projects are encouraged to learn more by visiting https://faimer.fluidreview.com/res/p/student-projects-for-heal/.
To see some of the amazing work that Student Projects for Health contributors have produced, we invite you to watch video interviews with winners from last year’s competition. GEMx looks forward to this year’s competition and to learning more about projects that make a difference by working to improve the health of communities worldwide!
GEMx is pleased to welcome the Conservation and Ecosystem Health Alliance (CEHA) to the GEMx Partnership. Headquartered in Kampala, Uganda, CEHA’s mission is “to achieve sustainable conservation through multidisciplinary research while promoting nature conservation, ecosystem and human health.” To support its mission, CEHA has formed the EcoHealth Research Group, which focuses its efforts on identifying areas for research, directing resources to support those areas, and building capacity in the sciences in Africa. Current areas of research include study of the Albertine Rift ecosystem in the Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks in Uganda, in collaboration with the University of Arizona, as well as the study of endangered chimpanzees and other species in fragmented forest patches in the Hoima District ecosystem in western Uganda, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota. As part of its efforts to build capacity in the sciences, CEHA also offers internships to both national and international students, enabling them to work with Ugandan researchers on short-term projects. Participants have included students in medicine, nursing, veterinary science, and public health.
Through GEMx, CEHA will offer students of GEMx Partners short-term research placements, electives, and internships with health centers, community field attachments, hospitals, and teaching universities throughout Uganda. Opportunities will be available to students interested in public and community health to learn how to design and implement projects focusing on the health concerns of local communities within Uganda. Through GEMx, CEHA also provides a field experiential learning course using the One Health approach, in which students can engage in cross-sector collaboration among various health professions.
GEMx looks forward to collaborating with CEHA to offer students of GEMx Partners these diverse and exciting elective opportunities!