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Global Health

Elective Number: 1661 (International Research) arranged

Rotation Supervisor: Scott Heysell, MD

Rotation Contact: Glenn Glover; MR-6, Rm 1520

Evaluation should be given to: In country faculty research mentor

Prerequisites: At least a month prior to beginning the rotation complete the Elective requirements on the Forms page.

Time to Report: 9:00am

Place to Report: Technical Training Unit, icddr,b (Dr. Aftab Uddin)

Duration: 8 weeks

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Available: This elective is not available to visiting students

Number of students per rotation: 1 min/2 max

Course Description/Background: The principal focus of this student elective at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research (icddr,b) in Dhaka, Bangladesh is to facilitate student's participation in short-term research within existing projects. Current projects focus on problems of local importance including enteric disease, vaccine efficacy, malnutrition and tuberculosis. The student may be included in supervised clinical reearch activities at the iccdr,b or at affiliated rural sites. While not a prerequisite, students with prior research experience and time living in a resource-limited country will be most suited for this site. English is spoken amoung professional staff but not universally within Dhaka and less so in rural areas. Travel and living within Dhaka is generally safe, but can be temporarily disrupted, for example by political movements or workers' strikes, that may limit the reliability of scheduling a short-term research opportunity. Student housing, paid for by the student, is available near the icddr,b main campus in Dhaka. Additionally, the timing of the student research opportunities will depend upon the scheduling of onsite UVA research faculty & staff.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a knowledge base of unique medical conditions prevalent in Bangladesh and the urban centers of the developing world, but unusual in the patients cared for at the University of Virginia.
  • Learn about healthcare delivery systems and research agendas.
  • Develop cultural understanding that allows you to work effectively with patients of different backgrounds and cultures, or as part of a diverse clinical or research team.
  • Learn to work collaboratively at the level of one's capacity and not to exceed one's level of training.
  • Learn introductory basic ("wet lab") and/or clinical ("bedside") research practices while advancing local project aims.

Training: Individualized training in many disciplines can be arranged through the Technical Training Unit (TTU) of iccdr,b. Short courses in Epidemiology, Research Design, and Laboratory Methods are routinely available. Students are encouraged to complement their research activities with these training courses. With the onsite reearch supervisor, staff of the TTU will complete a formal evaluation of the student's overall performance. http://training.icddrb.org


The expenses for this ~8 week elective would include:

  • Round trip airfare to Dhaka
  • Room & Board in Dhaka or other research site
  • Passport & Visa fees
  • Pre-Travel medical evaluation & immunizations
  • Personal travel expenses
  • Complementary training course(s)