Dr. Franz E. and Elizabeth Glasauer Externship Fund

The fund supports students in good standing who have completed at least their second year of medical school and plan to participate in a global health care experience abroad.  

The Glasauer Externship Fund is a clinically-based program fund donated by Franz E. Glasauer, MD, and Elizabeth Glasauer.

The fund facilitates overseas experiences for medical students and residents by giving them opportunities to provide direct patient care through experiences such as 4th year global health electives or research efforts that benefit international health care markets — particularly in developing countries or international medically underserved regions.

Consideration will also be made for students who choose clinical experiences that serve refugee populations in Western New York.

Award Amount

A stipend of $3,500 will be given to selected students.  


All medical students who have completed at least their second year of medical school, who are in good standing — and who are interested in and plan to care for refugees and/or underserved international communities — are eligible to apply.

Preference will be given to individuals who:

  • choose an experience abroad that lasts at least four weeks
  • have demonstrated an interest in global health issues through activities both during and before medical school
  • can articulate their passion for learning more about this field and explain how it may impact their career path

Participation Requirements

The selected students must:

  • participate in the Refugee Health Summit to be held in the spring in Buffalo
  • take part in the Refugee Health Assessments if the research or clinical experience takes place in Western New York 
  • prepare a summary report of the experience
  • present their experience to the donors during a noontime lunch session in the fall

Application Process

Students interested in applying for the Global Health Externship should submit the following to the Office of Medical Education:

  1. current CV
  2. name and description of the experience that the student would like to use the funds towards
  3. proposed budget outlining how the funds will be spent if selected
  4. personal statement that addresses the applicant’s interest in global health, any prior experience with refugees or other underserved populations, information on why the student has chosen the summer international clinical experience and what the student hopes to gain from participating in this program


Submit all materials by March 1 to Julie Szrama.

Award Selection

Awardees will be chosen through a committee meeting decision in the beginning of March, and students will be notified through email in mid-March if they have been selected.

If you have questions about the Glasauer Externship, please contact:

Student and Academic Affairs Coordinator

Julis Szrama.

Julie Szrama

Student & Academic Affairs Coordinator

955 Main Street, Room 1214 Buffalo, NY 14203-1121

Phone: (716) 829-2802; Fax: (716) 829-2798

Email: juliemos@buffalo.edu