​​IFAP Global Health Program

IFAP is a program of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, serving students at all four CUMC schools.

College of Dental Medicine students are eligible to apply for the summer Digame program or the Summer Internship Program, which has availability for one dental student in the Dominican Republic, one student in Haiti and two in Kenya. Anyone applying to the summer internship program must also apply through the College of Dental Medicine's Office of Research Administration by completing a Summer Research Fellowship Program Application.

Learn more about IFAP programs

DíGAME Summer Spanish Immersion Program

This program consists of conversational medical Spanish class for three hours each morning, followed by a variety of clinical, health education, service-learning, community health research and cultural immersion activities in the afternoon that allow students to practice their Spanish and immerse themselves in the Dominican community in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods.

Questions regarding the summer Digame program should be addressed to: ifap@columbia.edu

Interdisciplinary Summer Internship Program

Dental students can apply, through IFAP and the College of Dental Medicine's Office of Research Administration, for summer research projects. Specific projects are yet to be defined but may include dental care for children or adults living with HIV, or adults living with diabetes and obesity. Students must apply for this opportunity through IFAP in conjunction with the Office of Research Administration.

Application and Requirements

  • Complete the Summer Research Fellowship Application and the IFAP application.
  • Obtain approval and participation of a full time faculty mentor.
  • For research requiring human subjects, you must obtain the review and approval of the CUMC IRB or designation of the project as exempt. This applies to all student projects falling under the category of program development or program planning.
  • Obtain documentation of “local approval,” ensuring that the CUMC IRB has adequate knowledge of the local research context during its review of the proposed international research. Such knowledge may be obtained from a foreign ethics review board, an agency of the federal government, other sources within the foreign country, consultants, or the study team. In general, clinical research projects that include an intervention should be approved by the local equivalent of an IRB in addition to review by a CUMC IRB.
  • Obtain documentation of the exempt status of non-human research as certified by a College of Dental Medicine subcommittee designated for this purpose.
  • Review by the CU Research Export Control Officer of any international shipments of equipment, supplies, human samples, non-human samples (e.g., fluoridated water samples) and transfers involved in such research.
  • Significant attention and planning given to study/research abroad risk management.

Contact Information

Please direct any questions regarding the summer research internships to:

Dr. Carol Kunzel
Office of Research Administration 
ck60@cumc.columbia.edu