International Family Aids Program (IFAP)

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

As CDM students you 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. These programs are through IFAP in conjunction with P&S.  Anyone applying to the summer internship must also apply through the CDM Office of Research Administration.

IFAP 2015 Application

2015 Summer Application (deadline of January 5, 2015 for Digami and February 2, 2015 for Summer Internships)

DíGAME Summer Spanish Immersion Program

Participants in the Dígame program spend weekday mornings in Spanish class while afternoons are dedicated to project placements, with an emphasis on practical use of the Spanish language and cultural competency skills. Students will participate in additional cultural immersion activities including cultural seminars, art gallery visits, movie screenings, and topical immigrant-related discussions.  Students must apply for this opportunity through IFAP.

Learn more about IFAP programs

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

Interdisciplinary Summer Internship Program

Dental students can apply, through IFAP and CDM'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 with diabetes and obesity. Students will receive pre-departure and on-site orientations as well as on-site supervision.  Students must apply for this opportunity through IFAP in conjunction with CDM's Office of Reserach Administration.

CDM would want to be assured that the following are in place BEFORE SUCH RESEARCH IS UNDERTAKEN.  Student applicants should be aware of these requirements as they consider the prospect of an international  research experience. 

1)      Completion of the current summer fellowship research application in addition to the IFAP application, which requires a brief description of the project and the approval and participation of a FT faculty mentor, a requirement for the conduct of student research at CUMC.
This description would begin with a statement of the research problem, its significance, the research question, the research aims, and the study hypotheses. 

2)      (If human subject research) 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,

3)      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 CU IRB.

4)      (If non-human research) Documentation of the exempt status of non-human research as certified by an a CDM subcommittee designated for this purpose.

5)      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.

6)       Significant attention and planning given to study/research abroad risk management.  A recent course offering states “because of the significant financial and reputational risks associated with faculty-led study abroad programs, institutions must update training to address new and emerging threats. “   

 

Any questions regarding the summer research internships can be discussed further with Dr. Carol Kunzel, CDM Office of Research Administration, ck60@cumc.columbia.edu