Prestigious WHO internship awarded to UQ School of Medicine PhD student

UQ School of Medicine PhD candidate, Mr Mohamad Assoum, has been awarded a prestigious World Health Organization (WHO) internship.

UQ School of Medicine
UQ School of Medicine PhD PhD candidate Mohamad Assoum (Photo: UQ)

Mohamad will travel to Geneva on April 25 to work with Dr Amadou Garba and his team in WHO’s Preventative Chemotherapy and Transmission Control Unit for one month. This unit is tasked with preventing and controlling infectious diseases outbreaks internationally. Mohamad will be helping to develop predictive models which estimate the burden of disease of schistosomiasis, spatially, throughout the African continent. He will also be assisting in the formulation of the operational and logistical framework for the roll-out of the schistosomiasis treatment program, including estimating the number of treatments needed, and the costs of these treatments, for a five-year drug intervention program, to be rolled out later in 2016.

WHO offers only a handful of internships per year to outstanding applicants.  During his time at WHO, Mohamad will be representative of the outstanding calibre of UQ School of Medicine’s RHD candidates. He will have the opportunity to meet and network with some of the most influential people in the world, discussing both his PhD research and his experiences as a UQ Medical School PhD candidate. The research in which he will participate is likely to result in several publications. As WHO interns are unpaid, SoM has made a generous contribution towards Mohamad’s travel and accommodation expenses.

UQ Doctor of Medicine

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next semester intake: January 2017
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: UQ Medical School applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is strongly recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment.

Entry Requirements

  • Completed degree (Bachelor, Master, PhD)
  • GPA equivalent to 5.0 on UQ’s 7.0 scale
  • MCAT score (minimum of 8/8/8 or an overall score of 496) or GAMSAT score (minimum of 50 in each section)
  • Compulsory consultative meeting with the UQ School of Medicine

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