Ask any GlobeMedder, the Summit is the highlight of our year. Three days of movement building with hundreds of students and global health experts. What could be better?


About Summit

The annual GlobeMed Summit brings together students, alumni, experts, activists and grassroots health leaders for three days of diverse sessions, workshops, networking and idea-sharing. Our annual network-wide conference provides students with a critical understanding of broad theories in social justice and global health, educates on best practices in effective and ethical work, and provides a space to network and build relationships with existing social justice and global health leaders and future colleagues.

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“The GlobeMed Summit essentially introduced me to my future colleagues. As individuals, we each have diverse skill sets. As a network, these combined skills transfer to a powerful movement capable of enormous, effective, and sustainable change… The work may not cease, but this life and career will undoubtedly be endlessly rewarding.”
Christine Carcano, UT-Austin ’11

Delegates smile at Closing Dinner of the 2014 Summit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where and when does the GlobeMed Summit take place?

The Summit is held every spring in March or April on Northwestern University’s campus in Evanston, IL.

Who can register for the GlobeMed Summit?

Full Summit registration is made available only to GlobeMed chapter members and alumni, which includes lodging, meals, and access to all workshops and events throughout the weekend. Because of limited space, GlobeMed chapter members must apply to attend the Summit. Applications typically open every December for the following year.

I am not a current GlobeMed chapter member or alumnus – can I attend any Summit events?

Yes! All featured keynote events are open to the public. Keynotes are typically announced by the end of February each year. Past keynote speakers include global leaders such as Paul Farmer, Joseph Amon, Stephen Lewis, Joia Mukherjee, and Gary Slutkin.

If you’re interested in attending any of the workshop sessions, please contact [email protected] to request a guest pass for the weekend.

Who typically speaks at the Summit?

We have been privileged to host a variety of speakers including non-profit leaders, corporate executives, and our own GlobeMed alumni and partners.  Past Summits have featured organizational representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Company, the Abbott Fund, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, FACE AIDS, GBCHealth, Global Health Corps, Partners In Health, Public Health Institute, Human Rights Watch, Chevron, APCO Worldwide, Purpose, AMPATH, and USAID.

Are sponsorship opportunities available?

Yes – we would be happy to have your support. Please send a note to [email protected] if you or your company are interested in providing sponsorship for Summit events.

When will I know if I am accepted to the Summit?
All decisions regarding applications will be released in early January. If you do not hear back regarding your application by this date, please reach out to [email protected].

Is there financial assistance available for the Summit? If I am awarded travel assistance, when will I receive the funds?
We have a limited amount of funds designated to assist students who otherwise would not be able to attend to the Summit. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, make sure you fill out the Summit Financial Assistance Application, which can be accessed through the Student Summit Application. If you are granted a travel award, it will be given in the form of a reimbursement check when you arrive at the Summit.

Will GlobeMed provide transportation for students to and from the airport?

Fortunately, there are several cheap and easy options from both Midway and O’hare airports to get to Evanston, including the “L” from Midway and O’Hare and the Pace Bus from O’Hare. Please keep in mind that the Purple Line “L” from Evanston doesn’t begin running until around 6:30am on Sunday and the Pace Bus doesn’t start until around 6:05am, so you will want to book departure flights accordingly.

A special thanks to our sponsors:


Northwestern University is a private research university located in Evanston, IL. The home of GlobeMed’s original founders, Northwestern and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies have provided GlobeMed immense, continued support over the past 10 years. Northwestern’s Evanston campus also hosts the annual GlobeMed Summit.


The AbbVie Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) foundation, is dedicated to having a remarkable impact on the lives of the underserved around the world through a commitment to building strong communities, sustainable health care systems and effective educational programs.


The Public Health Institute (PHI), in partnership with five organizations, implements the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II. GHFP-II supports the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse, culturally competent group of global health professionals at all career levels. GHFP-II supports financially disadvantaged and underrepresented students’ attendance at the GlobeMed Summit.


Interested in presenting at the Summit? Feel like writing a love note? Contact us at [email protected] – we look forward to hearing from you!