Innovations in Rural & Global Health (IRGmed)
IRGmed is a longitudinal, four-year elective offering medical students the opportunity to experience health care and health care delivery models in low resource settings.
Students accepted into the program gain a deep understanding of the barriers that exist in rural and global health care settings. Core to the elective involves developing innovative tools to solve fundamental problems. Students will draw from clinical experiences to solve real-world problems.
Participants also will:
- Gain competency in interdisciplinary problem-solving
- Learn about engineering design and process improvement
- Experience austere medicine first-hand at one of many international sites
- Understand the process of change management
- Build relationships with their cohort
IRGmed spans all four years of medical school. Learning activities include lunch and learn seminars, medical conferences, online learning, simulation training at Jump Simulation, a two-week clinical immersion at an international site, and a capstone project.
M1-M2 — Seminars, online lectures and IRGmed colloquia (32 hours)
M2-M4 — Global Rural Health Simulation (80 hours)
— Austere Clinical Rotation (80 hours)
M3-M4 — Innovation Deep Dive (40 hours)
— IRGmed Capstone Project (40 hours)
What You Need to Know to Apply
- Open to Peoria medical students only
- Accepts only 8 students per year
- Students must apply by December of M1 year
- About 1/3 of the program is independent, self-directed
Sarah de Ramirez, MD, MPH, MSc
Director, Rural Global Health Strategies
University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria