The University of Maryland has an extensive and growing international program that is predominantly based within the Institute of Human Virology and the Institute for Global Health. Both of these programs are known worldwide for their activities in their respective fields. ID fellows at the University of Maryland have the opportunity to participate in these programs in a variety of ways. Fellows can obtain clinical experience in global health and the management of HIV and other infectious diseases in resource limited settings, participate in international education programs, or participate in our international research studies. Below is a brief description of the opportunities for fellows.
Where does the University of Maryland have programs globally?
The Institute of Human Virology currently has programs in many countries:
Opportunities for fellows are chosen based on the IHV faculty and infrastructure available in the country and the type of experience the fellow wishes to obtain based on their personal and career goals. We do not send fellows to countries where we do not have a faculty member in place during their visit or anywhere where there is a safety concern. Therefore, countries available for fellows may vary depending on global and country politics, IHV staffing in the country, and funding. If you have any questions about specific countries currently available to fellows, please contact us.
The Institute for Global Health has programs based in several countries:
What if I just want to obtain a clinical experience globally?
We have a number of countries where fellows can travel to obtain clinical experience in a resource limited setting. As noted above, countries chosen are based on the experience available as well as the availability of faculty in country to supervise during the rotation. We strongly encourage all fellows to take advantage of this opportunity, as we believe those fellows that have done clinical rotations internationally have returned with improved clinical and decision making skills.
What type of research projects are available internationally?
Research projects are only limited by the individual fellow's imagination and the availability of an interested faculty mentor and, if needed, funding to accomplish the project. Largely, research projects are based in the countries where we have the strongest infrastructure in place. Fellows have participated in projects in Nigeria, Zambia, Mali, Malawi, and Kenya among others. However, at the IHV, there is also the opportunity to ask and answer important operational research questions that involve multiple countries through our database based on our PEPFAR program over the past 10 years.
What types of education programs are available internationally?
The IHV has transitioned from an international program largely focused on technical assistance and care and treatment for HIV and other infectious diseases to developing medical education programs. This has been driven by what we learned over the past 10 years on the incredible need for health care providers in resource limited settings competent in the management of HIV and other infectious diseases as well as in general medicine . To address this need, the IHV has been successful in developing pre and postgraduate medical education programs in a number of countries including: Zambia, Haiti, Guyana, Rwanda, and Kenya. Our goal is to teach the future leaders in medicine in the countries where we develop these programs. These programs provide unique opportunities for University of Maryland fellows to teach, obtain clinical experience, and to collaborate on research projects.