Dr. James Woolliscroft, Dean, UMMS, with Professor Guo-Qiang Chen, Executive Dean of Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Originally spearheaded by Dean James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., Global REACH (Research, Education And Collaboration in Health) had its genesis in the late 1990s with the University of Michigan Medical School Administration’s increasing interest in expanding its horizons to include a more global perspective.

The purpose of the international program at the Medical School is to enhance opportunities for educational exchanges among students and faculty, facilitate international research collaborations, and provide opportunities for visiting scholars to benefit from expertise available at the University of Michigan.

Global REACH developed three collaboration platforms: Brazil, China and Ghana. These platforms are multidimensional and cross disciplinary lines to produce innovative research and educational opportunities. The University of Michigan Medical School has established relationships with schools (known as partner schools) that provide structured experiences and where there is faculty involvement that goes beyond student exchanges. Our partner schools include:

  • Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Peking Union Medical College, China
  • Peking University Health Science Center, China
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • Pontifica Universidad del Ecuador, Ecuador
  • Quito Project Affiliates, Ecuador
  • University of Ghana, Ghana
  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana
  • University of Chiriqui Medical School, Panama

Global REACH's Mission

Our mission is to facilitate health research, education, and collaboration among the University of Michigan Medical School faculty, students, and our global partners for the benefit of communities worldwide. We recognize and value every individual’s contribution to the global community through the University of Michigan Medical School.

Global REACH is guided by the following values:

Our mission is guided by the values of compassion, efficiency, quality, respect, and excellence with everyone we REACH out to, both internally and externally. Our commitment is accomplished through collaborations with faculty, students, visiting scholars, and global partners.
  • We put these values into action as we “Collaborate” with those who serve the global community and by demonstrating our commitment to:
  • Conduct high-quality research on global health topics
    Oversee successful cross-campus alliances
    Listen to the needs of our faculty, students, scholars and global partners
    Launch global projects that aim to improve quality of life
    Advocate and foster a culture of diversity
    Bridge research, education, and collaborative health gaps between populations
    Offer outstanding opportunities for global experiences
    REACH out to provide excellent service to UMMS and beyond
    Analyze research results and program outcomes to address global inequities
    Target the promotion of international research efforts
    Encourage ambitious but attainable goal-setting to promote Global REACH’s philosophy:
  • “The World is Within YOUR Reach”