The Forum for International Health & Tropical Medicine (FIHTM)

Tiffany W., M1

The Forum for International Health & Tropical Medicine (FIHTM), affectionately referred to as “Fight’ em!”, is WashU’s student interest group for global health. Although FIHTM’s name seems rather dated at first glance, I have sincerely come to appreciate how active WashU is in fighting health disparities and promoting health equity in St. Louis and around the world. We host events throughout the year such as lunches and dinners with faculty active in infectious diseases research and global health work. We also put on a Hunger Banquet (oxymoron strategically used!) for raising awareness about malnutrition. During spring break every year, we organize cross-cultural clinical experiences for a group of first-year students in the Navajo Nation and a group of second-year students in a country in Central or South America (Nicaragua in 2017). Additionally, students are able to participate in clinical experiences and/or research abroad during the summer after first year, as well as clinical rotations abroad during fourth year. For those interested in additional training, the Master of Public Health degree offered through the combined MD/MPH program has the option for a Global Health specialization.