Study Abroad in Dominican Republic

William Cunningham DO, MHA currently serves as the Associate Dean for Global Health and the Director of the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Cunningham was instrumental in the formation and approval of the Masters in Global Health and Certificate program that will matriculate students in January of 2020. In his current capacity of Associate Dean, he is responsible for advocating on the behalf of the four health care colleges at MSU for the education, research and cultural awareness of their graduate students. Additionally, IGH provides Study Abroad programs, such a Dominican Republic, for pre-professional students interested in the delivery of health care in a global context.

Dr. Smith serves as the Director of the Learning and Assessment Center (LAC) at Michigan State University, which is an interprofessional center for healthcare education serving the College of Human Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine in addition to multiple graduate medical education and hospital-based clinical education programs. She has integrated simulation methodologies such as immersive high fidelity simulations, in situ, hybrid and web-based instruction in academic and institutional settings since 1990. Her clinical experience includes Emergency, ICU/CCU and cardiac stepdown. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

Mr. Marinez has several trips to Dominican Republic and it’s in charge of coordinating the students courses on site with the support of international academic partners as well as medical institutions. For his vast experience on field he is a great ally in your study abroad experience.

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. Though known for its pristine beaches, all-inclusive resorts and golfing, it has a varied terrain comprising rainforest, savannah and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain. It has Spanish colonial history going back 500 years, and passionate merengue is its official music and dance.

  • Undergraduate student at Michigan State OR first year medical curriculum (COM/CHM/CON) student at Michigan State University.
  • 2.5 GPA required.
  • Must have a good understanding of Biology, Microbiology, and Physiology.
  • Must have respect for different cultures.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively.

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The Office of Study Abroad offers scholarships to students who participate in MSU’s study abroad programs. Details here

OST 690: Global Health: Dominican Republic – Health Care  Delivery System & Culture

Dates: February 29th- March 07th, 2020 – Spring Break 

This program is designed to provide MSU undergraduate students exposure to clinical medicine and health issues related to careers in medicine, public health, or other health professions. It offers learners a basic understanding of clinical practice in a foreign setting while focusing on seven core disciplines: clinical shadowing, culture (two lessons), the history of medicine, introduction to public health, introduction to infectious diseases, cultural competency in healthcare delivery, and introduction to HIV care.

It is the discretion of the Course Director to determine which students may participate. An interview may be required.

For more information, please contact  Study Abroad Office of IGH.