International Society of Travel Medicine
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Student Travel Abroad

Council Members

  • Julie Richards, United States of America, Chair
  • Mark Newell, Australia, Immediate Past Chair
  • Jorge Baruch Diaz-Ramirez, Mexico
  • Catherine Ebelke, United States of America
  • Marie Plisson-Saune, France
  • Gail Rosselot, United States of America
  • Dawd Siraj, United States of America


The Student Travel Abroad Interest Group is looking for colleges and universities to join our study on students and travel!

The ISTM Student Travel Abroad (STA) Interest Group is partnering with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct a large undergraduate student traveller research project. This is the very first study of its kind and it is quite comprehensive. Our group is very excited about the potential for valuable information this study will reveal about student travellers. Currently several schools have completed the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process and are now collecting data (these schools include Stanford, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Virginia.) Our group is very interested in assisting other colleges and universities in participating.

If you are interested in your college or university participating in this project, please contact Sarah Kohl, our project lead, who can assist with the IRB process. Please don’t hesitate to join us in this very exciting endeavor! You may contact us for further information through the ISTM Secretariat by email: ISTM@ISTM.org or phone: +1 (404) 373-8282.

 


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Student Travel Abroad

Students who travel for education, community service, pleasure or employment are a rapidly expanding population for travel medicine providers. Historically this population has been comprised of younger adults, but now we see ever increasing numbers of students of every age traveling internationally. Medical students in their 30s going to Asia, second career nursing students in their late 40s volunteering in Central America, Fulbright scholars in their late 20s heading to Africa, pre-teens attending camps in South America, as well as retirees signing on to lifelong learning programs on every continent. Increasingly, institutions of higher learning are requiring students to spend at least some of their time studying abroad. At the same time, younger students are spending summers engaged in international, rather than domestic enrichment programs.

Student travelers are more broadly defined than ever before and physicians, Physician Assistants, nurses, and pharmacists care for these travelers in a variety of settings for pre- and post-travel. Program organizers, teachers, and tour operators also have a strong interest in the travel health needs of this population. This group invites ISTM members who have an interest in student travel to join and help us identify priorities and activities. We welcome all health professionals into this multi-disciplinary special interest group as well as those with qualifications or special experience in student health.


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The Student Travel Abroad Interest Group Charter

  • Raise awareness among those who care for student travelers of the unique issues that impact this group
  • Develop evidence based good practice in the care of students who travel before, during, and after travel, and help develop tools to reduce student travel risk
  • Promote research by describing the unique needs of the student traveler
  • Promote educational and research initiatives to improve the health of student travelers
  • Work closely with other ISTM Committees and Professional and Interest groups to promote the health of student