Best Practices

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As a result of the increased student interest in global health, learners are increasingly exposed to challenging ethical dilemmas and potentially hazardous situations. The OGH recognizes that these situations require careful preparation and considerable awareness among students, supervising faculty and the host and sponsoring institutions.

Thorough pre-departure preparation is essential to having a safe and enriching global health education experience.   The Office of Global Health’s orientation process provides resources and information to students  on issues such as global health ethics, personal health and safety, professionalism, and cross-cultural competencies, among others.   There are many opportunities for students to prepare on their own time and the OGH encourages UAMS students to review several online resources related to best practices listed below:

Articulating ethical concerns and potential hazards:

Best practice guidelines and competency development:

Adhering to established best practices and ensuring the development of competencies in those participating in global health activities can help maximize the benefits and minimize the harms of global health programs.

Ensuring trainee safety

Trainee safety is an essential element of any global health experience; yet many trainees may not be adequately prepared for their experience.  Several organizations have developed pre-trip trainings, including:

  • The Global Ambassadors for Patient Safety online workshop is designed for all students who are going abroad and plan to work or volunteer in a healthcare setting. The workshop content is available to everyone, everywhere, at no cost.
  • The Society for Academic Emergency Medicine has collaborated with other medical associations to created guidelines for trainees conducting global health electives.