“The GlobeMed Summit is like a family reunion of people who have never met” - Brian Beachler, GlobeMed at Penn State Alumnus


What is Summit?

The GlobeMed Summit catalyzes collective learning & collaboration between 300 students, grassroots partners and peer organizations from around the world. This conference provides students with a critical understanding of the intersections between global health and social justice, educates about ethical practices in global engagement, and provides a space for like-minded individuals to network and form relationships grounded in values of social justice and health equity.

“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 interact during the Opening Performance at the 2017 GlobeMed Summit.

Who can attend Summit?

The Summit is held every spring in March or April in the Chicagoland area. 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.

What can I expect from 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.

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.

Can GlobeMed sponsor me?

We have a limited amount of funds designated to assist students who otherwise would not be able to attend the Summit. If you require financial assistance to attend the event, you will be asked to fill out a Summit Financial Assistance Application, which can be accessed through the GlobeMed Collabratory. If you are an international student who wishes to attend Summit, please fill out the international student application found on the 2017 Summit page.

How can we support Summit?

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.


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.

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is an American medical technology company that manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems, and reagents. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs nearly 50,000 people in more than 50 countries throughout the world.


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!