February 9, 2023

Global Health Research Collaborative needs student volunteers

Volunteers gather at a pre-pandemic meeting. The program is looking to fill its volunteer ranks again.

The Global Health Research Collaborative at the Wayne State University School of Medicine is seeking student volunteers to serve on various committees, including training, marketing and communication, research and grants, and mentorship.

The collaborative provides quality global health research education to local and foreign professionals early in their careers. Undergraduate, graduate and medical students interested in global health are eligible to apply.

To volunteer, fill out the form at https://forms.gle/WjR16UMGuRc7FBdFA

While there are many resources available for researchers in the West to study global health problems, the same is not true for low- and middle-income countries that often lack the funding, infrastructure and mentorship to accomplish sustainable projects. The GHRC was formed several years ago under the leadership of co-directors Vijaya Arun Kumar, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of Emergency Medicine, and Paul Kilgore, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor and director of Research for the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

The GHRC offers an online global health research training course in collaboration with faculty from Wayne State University and affiliated organizations. The course targets international researchers interested in developing research capacity at their home institutions by receiving high standard of training and mentorship. The collaborative strives to bridge the research gap between developed and developing countries.

“Volunteers are an integral part of the workshop,” Dr. Kumar said. “There is an unmet need to engage medical and undergraduate students in global health research. Having them join as volunteers would give them an idea of not only the knowledge behind global health research but also get actively involved with some of the collaborative global health work that would be generated from the workshop. Volunteers are, indeed, a great addition to GHRC’s team We really hope that our collaborative will further expand, with the help of our volunteers, to further create a passion for global health among undergraduate, medical, nursing, pharmacology and public health students. Learn more at https://ghrc.wayne.edu/ or email questions to ghrc@wayne.edu.

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