The primary function of the Office of International Activities (OIA) is to develop programmatic structure and support for UNC medical students and resident physicians interested in global health. OIA assistance includes site identification or screening, faculty advising, safety and travel policies, ethics and cross-cultural training, post-trip debriefing, and evacuation insurance, among other critical areas of support. In seven years, the OIA has provided support for a wide range of experiences. Residents have developed strong collaborative surgical pediatric research in many global regions. Students have gathered reproductive health data at UNC Project-Malawi in Lilongwe; worked in a small clinic in Tanzania shadowing local doctors and assisting with lab procedures in minor surgery; and traveled and worked in northern India with a team of medical students and faculty.
The Office of International Activities in the SOM seeks to foster collaboration and cooperation with broader initiatives in global health and education at UNC, including the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Disease, the Office of Global Health in the SPH, and the University Center for Global Initiatives.
Countries UNC students have visited Countries represented in the International Visiting Student Program