March 29, 2017

Global REACH report highlights Medical School’s far-reaching international collaboration

2015-16 was a year of many milestones, with new institutional relationships, new overseas collaboration, and a growing network of students, scholars and faculty engaged in projects abroad

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The global health community at the University of Michigan continued to grow and thrive throughout the 2015-16 academic year, thanks in no small part to support and resources provided through Global REACH. The division within the medical school that engages students and faculty in global health work overseas has released its 2015-16 Annual Report.

It was a year of many firsts and milestones, with new institutional relationships in Taiwan, new partnership development grants to foster overseas collaborations, and a growing network of students, scholars and faculty engaged in projects overseas that advance health and healthcare at home and abroad. Highlights include:

  • 54 UMMS students enjoyed international clinical and/or research experiences in 2015-16 across 14 different countries
  • 290 students, scholars, and other learners visited UMMS from abroad in 2015-16
  • 167 Global REACH faculty associates and affiliates with ongoing collaborations across some 70 countries
  • 63 Global REACH faculty associates and affiliates published one or more papers with co-authors from overseas in 2015-16

“By supporting faculty and students alike in their international research and learning endeavors, UMMS continues to recognize the importance of global health — not only for our partners overseas, but for our own institution as well,” said Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., the Josiah Macy, Jr., Professor of Health Professions Education and senior associate dean of education and global initiatives. “I’ve always maintained that the most powerful international collaborations are rooted in respect and mutual benefit, a conviction at the core of our work in Global REACH and in evidence throughout this report.” 

Read the full report online or download a PDF here.