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Summer Scholarship Opportunity in Global Health

A $3,900 USD scholarship opportunity that is available to UCSF students for summer 2017. One fully-funded place on the 'Community Health and Family Medicine in Colombia' course will be offered by the Faculty of Medicine at Universidad de La Sabana in Colombia. The program will combine practical clinical training, community visits, and classroom teaching. It will provide students with a unique opportunity to explore Global Health, investigating the particular challenges that face Colombia, a post-conflict society with several million internally displaced refugees. Participants will visit different health organisations, hospitals, and local welfare projects where they benefit from practical training. Taught in English, it will run for four weeks from Monday 12 June to Friday 7 July 2017. 

Red Tree Study is offering one full scholarship to the value of $3,900 USD. We are looking for applicants who are enthusiastic, hardworking, and interested in learning about the practical challenges of delivering community health programs in Latin America. Some basic Spanish language skills are desirable. The scholarship covers the program accommodation, an airport pickup, and a calendar of social and cultural activities. The closing date for scholarship applications is Friday 24 February 2017 and applicants will learn whether they have been successful no later than Friday 10 March 2017. The scholarship winner will be joining students from prestigious universities in the USA, the UK and Canada who study with us in Colombia each summer. We host candidates from Rice, Syracuse, NYU, USC, SFSU, Ohio State, the University of Bristol, Newcastle University, Queen’s University Belfast, Queen’s Ontario, the University of British Columbia, and many more. To hear directly from our students, check out these student reviews.

Contact: info@redtreestudy.com for more information or to request an application form. 


Joint International UCSF-Nanchang Eye Institute Fellowship Opportunity (2017-2018)

A research opportunity for 1-2 medical students to conduct population eye research in China. Dr. Shan Lin, Professor and Director of Glaucoma in the Department of Ophthalmology, the UCSF Asian Health Institute, and Dr. Guofu Huang, President of the Nanchang Eye Hospital Institute and The Third Hospital of Nanchang University, are jointly co-sponsoring this public health research internship position studying the rates of glaucoma, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, and other blinding eye conditions in China. The successful applicant will station at Nanchang University for 12 months, starting in the fall, 2017, and will help to conduct the research under the guidance of Professor Guofu Huang, President of the Nanchang Eye Hospital Institute at the Third Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Jiangxi Province, P.R. China.

Requirements for applicants: Over 18 years old, currently a medical or graduate student at UCSF, speaks Mandarin fluently, speaking Cantonese as an additional language will be an asset, reads simplified Chinese (preferred), types Chinese characters using the keyboard (preferred), previous clinical research experience (preferred)

What the internship offers to the successful applicant: Lodging: Included (provided by Nanchang University), a small stipend ($6000 over 1 year), airfare: An economy class round-trip air ticket to fly from San Francisco to the nearest international airport of Nanchang in China (up to $1000 or $1500 depending on number of students), publication: Will be included as an author in publications related to the research conducted, letters of recommendation for future academic /work applications, excellent mentorship and networking opportunity

Deadline for application: Open now till Feb 20, 2017

Please send 3 items in your applicationLetter of interest which includes a statement about your future academic goals, Resume, Brief letter of reference (1-2 letters)

Send application and questions to: lau.ucsf@gmail.com and Shan.Lin@ucsf.edu


Public Health and Education Projects

Primeros Pasos, a non-profit clinic, which serves patients in rural areas as well as in the city of Quetzaltenango, has opportunities for medical students and licensed nursing trainees interested in project work involving public health and medical issues. The volunteer should prepare a project topic and submit it to the Volunteer Coordinator at Primeros Pasos, who will make recommendations based on their current organizational needs, as well as the needs of the communities with which they work. Depending on the research project, volunteers may need advanced Spanish. Clinical opportunities are available for medical students, nursing students and residents. This is a research/project opportunity located in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and timeframe is summer or other periods. Please send a CV and email proposing a project topic. Website: http://www.primerospasos.org

Contact: Mylo Schaaf, mylo.schaaf@ucsf.edu and info@primerospasos.org


Projects on Maternal/Child Health 

The Public Health Research Institute, India (PHRII) and the Preana Women’s Health Initiative provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive services for family planning, reproductive health, and HIV care in the south Indian state of Karnataka. By bringing diagnostics, medical care, and health education to women in need, PHRI provides a platform to promote excellence in basic and translational research for women’s health in India, research training in public health disciplines, and policy related work, like needs assessments and evaluation of programs. Students can describe their interests and see how these match with the current needs of the organization. This is a research/project opportunity aimed at medical and nursing students located in Karnataka, India and takes place in summer or other times of the year.

The available slots will fill up by the second week of February, so contact Dr. Schaaf right away if you are interested. Please send a CV

Contact: Mylo Schaaf, mylo.schaaf@ucsf.edu


Curriculum Development in Global Health

Students who have an interest in global health and education will work with a global health faculty member to revise curriculum and help create evaluation tools for global health education programs at UCSF. Thisresearch will take place at UCSF this Summer or doing the year, and will not be associated with any travel. Eligible student trainees are medical, nursing, pharmacy, dental students, as well as residents. Please send a CVand a paragraph that summarizes background and interests. 

Contact: Madhavi Dandu, MD, madhavi.dandu@ucsf.edu


The Mental Health HIV and Domestic Violence (MIND) Study: 

Treating HIV-positive affected by Gender Based Violence (HIV+GBV+) women for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder with Interpersonal PsychoTherapy (IPT)

HIV infection in women is consistently associated with gender based violence (GBV), worldwide.  Studies of GBV find that 60-90% of affected women develop anxiety disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and approximately 50% develop mood disorders, such as depression. In the setting of HIV, depression and PTSD not only cause suffering and disability, but highly correlate with adverse HIV outcomes, including treatment default. Remarkably, despite awareness of GBV and associated mental illness among HIV+ women, little published interventional research for diagnosed mental illness on HIV outcomes exists for this population. 

The MIND study is based on a prior mental health care needs assessment of HIV+ women served by the Lumumba health center and consists of sixty-minute IPT sessions delivered weekly for 12 weeks by community therapists trained the principal investigator (PI) using a randomized wait list, parallel design. The study uses a type I hybrid effectiveness-implementation strategy which allows for collection of clinical outcomes including mental health, HIV viral load and neurocognitive data, as well as implementation outcomes such as participant income for cost-benefit analyses and qualitative interviews with participants, clinic staff and local policy makers to maximize the applicability of the intervention for widespread scale up of mental health services for HIV+ women in Kenya.   

We have currently enrolled over 200 participants in the MIND study and will continue recruitment to reach 300 participants with follow up measures extending to nine months after enrollment.  Medical students interested in working with the MIND study are invited to talk with the PI regarding their timing and the applicability of their academic and interpersonal skillset to ongoing MIND study work.  Projects might include research assistance on site, combined with data analysis of quantitative or qualitative data leading to a publication.

Contact: Susan Meffert, MD, MPH (Principal Investigator), Susan.Meffert@ucsf.edu