Education & Training

Global health experiences can have a profound impact on medical students, post-graduate trainees, and faculty members alike. Observing medicine in another setting and working with colleagues from a different background can yield insights, enhance skills, and ultimately benefit patients on both sides of a collaboration. Global REACH supports experiences and training to help our UMMS students, colleagues and partners engage in global health across all stages of their career, from a variety of student experience offerings to robust global health research training for early- and mid-career members of the faculty exploring global health for the first time.

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Travel Awards for Educational Experiences - Global REACH offers a number of student travel grants supporting both clinical and research-focused educational experiences abroad.

Global Health & Disparities Path - Global REACH works closely with the medical school's unique Global Health & Disparities (GHD) Path of Excellence, which provides students an opportunity to integrate experiential learning focused on reducing domestic and global health disparities.

Funded by the China Medical Board (CMB), this postdoctoral research fellowship program places early-career researchers or advanced students (MD, PhD, or equivalent) from US institutions into select labs at highly-ranked academic institutions in China under the guidance of a local and a U-M mentor.

This yearlong program intended to help faculty, fellows and residents incorporate global health into their research portfolios, creating a foundation for meaningful collaborative relationships and research in the global health setting, and ultimately paving the way to successfully compete for extramural funding for global health research. Through a combination of mentorship, and monthly seminar events, participants will gain the tools to develop their own research activities abroad.

Introduced in 2019, the Global Executive Education Program is designed for our international partner institutions. It offers an unprecedented opportunity for aspiring healthcare leaders around the world to spend time at Michigan Medicine learning critical knowledge and skills to improve and transform care at their home institution.

Each year, UMMS welcomes up to 10 medical students from Central South University Xiangya School of Medicine for extensive biomedical research training. Working and learning in the lab of a Michigan Medicine faculty member, participants remain in Ann Arbor for at least two years before returning to China to complete their MD.

International Collaboration Scholars

Global REACH administers multiple programs that bring international trainees to Michigan Medicine for extended educational experiences. Typically post-graduate trainees or early-career professionals at partner institutions, these scholars stay in Ann Arbor for a year or longer, engaging in mentored experiences focused on developing their research and/or leadership acumen. Even as they pursue their individual programs, our visitors also convene on a regular basis for topical workshops, reflection sessions, and social networking events, building a multi-disciplinary community of global learners.

While they return to their home institution with newfound skills, most remain engaged with their Michigan Medicine faculty colleagues, strengthening institutional partnerships and collaboration long after their time in Ann Arbor has concluded.

In partnership with Peking University Health Science Center, the Joint Institute Collaboration Scholars program aims to prepare exceptional early-career scholars to help lead and transform collaborative medical education, research, and/or patient care between the two institutions.

The Josip Matovinovic Endowed Clinical Medicine Fellowship supports UMMS faculty members in hosting an international visiting scholar for the purpose of providing in-depth training opportunities that advance the scholar's academic interests and capabilities. 

As part of Michigan Medicine’s institutional collaboration with Taiwan’s preeminent health provider, the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital (CGMH) Research Scholars program brings select CGMH faculty to Ann Arbor work alongside UMMS mentors.

Launched with help from the the China Medical Board, Preparing and Advancing Women for Leadership in the Health Sciences (PAWLHS) brings early-career faculty from Peking University Health Science Center to Michigan Medicine for immersive career development that will benefit women throughout China and beyond.