The Privette Memorial Fund is the annual award established through the generosity of Dr. Douglas C. Privette '76 in honor of his parents, Henry and Pauline Privette. With more and more students interested in global health, the Privette Memorial Fund is providing for an annual financial fellowship for a MS4 student to undertake a global health elective. This will be coordinated through the Office of International Activities, and the awarded student will work closely with a UNC SOM faculty mentor in selecting a placement site and defining educational objectives. Students who undertake international elective opportunities during medical school often incorporate their learning into their career in important ways, including increased emphasis on care of the underserved wherever they practice, increased sensitivity to cross-cultural issues in medicine, and leadership in public health and health care systems. The maximum award is $1,000.
Information and the application for the Medical Foundation Privette Fellowship will be available through the OIA website (www.med.unc.edu/oia). Applications will be submitted to the Office of International Activities and reviewed by the Fellowship Selection Committee composed of UNC medical faculty, and representatives from the Office of Student Affairs. Members of the committee are selected based on their interest in international medicine and knowledge of medical education. All students applying would necessarily be in good academic standing, have the appropriate letters of recommendation from faculty, and be committed to following the processes required for global health electives, including: defining objectives of the learning experience and any potential projects or research (including IRB approval), orientation to travel health and safety, obtaining evacuation insurance through the OIA, signing the UNC Travel Waiver Policy, and working with a UNC faculty mentor for academic credit for this elective experience. The OIA will oversee the fellowship awardees through this process. On completion of their international elective, students would be expected to submit a brief paper/report detailing their experience and its impact on their medical education to the Medical Foundation and, if requested, discuss their experience with the Associate Dean of Alumni Affairs.
Each year (or as funding allows), one outstanding fourth year UNC medical student will be selected as Medical Foundation Privette Fellow. Fellows will be funded to pursue a global health elective any time during their final year of medical school, which begins immediately after the completion of all third year requirements. Applicants design and plan an activity that allows them to experience or investigate an aspect of global health that positively and directly influences the health of people in the region they are studying. Language ability in the intended country of experience will also be an important factor in selection. The Fellowship Selection Committee reviews the applications, interviews the applicants and selects the awardees. The Medical Foundation Privette Fellowship awardee will receive $1,000 towards the cost of travel and expenses.