Medical Science Educator

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 569–576 | Cite as

A Model for Creating Opportunities in “Gιobal Outreach-based Activity Learning” (GιOBAL)

  • Mark J. HernandezEmail author
  • Juan Felipe Alarcón
  • James D. Foster


In our institution, medical students engage in international medical service trips that are inspired by their commitment to global causes. To support students interested in medical volunteerism, we sponsored pre-clerkship faculty to accompany them during the academic break to complete a week-long immersion in globally learned outreach-based experiences. Our student feedback suggests that participation in these experiences is meaningful, and we believe the international collaborations foster a sustainable educational model. We propose here a model for developing opportunities in Global Outreach-based Activity Learning (GιOBAL) experiences that involve pre-clerkship faculty and which can be helpful to new and established medical programs.


International medical education Global health experience Osteopathic medical outreach Medical service trip 



This article benefits by the insightful comments of Dr. Dennis Baker and Mrs. Katelyn Flynn.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark J. Hernandez
    • 1
  • Juan Felipe Alarcón
    • 2
  • James D. Foster
    • 1
  1. 1.Alabama College of Osteopathic MedicineDothanUSA
  2. 2.Universidad Central del Ecuador Posgrado de UrologiaQuitoEcuador

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