As a thought leader in the field of short-term volunteering and global health activities abroad, The 53rd Week has an extensive track record in publishing the results of pilot projects, frameworks, evaluation, and literature reviews on various related subjects. 

Academic bibliography

The following list cites papers published by our team that can be found in their respective academic journals

Loiseau B, Benedict D, Sibbald R, Raman SA, Loh LC, Dimaras H. How can a Theory of Change framework be applied to short-term international volunteering? Int Health. 2016 Sep;8(5):310-2. doi: 10.1093/inthealth/ihw036. Review. PMID: 27620921

Miller AS, Lin HC, Kang CB, Loh LC. Health and Social Needs in Three Migrant Worker Communities around La Romana, Dominican Republic, and the Role of Volunteers: A Thematic Analysis and Evaluation. J Trop Med. 2016;2016:4354063. doi: 10.1155/2016/4354063.

Loh LC, Dacso MM, Valdman O. Coalicion de Salud Comunitaria (COSACO): using a Healthy Community Partnership framework to integrate short-term global health experiences into broader community development. Global Health. 2016 May 2;12(1):15. doi: 10.1186/s12992-016-0155-y.

Russell C, Zandberg J, Wong B, Martinez D, Lin H, Marlinga J, Loh L. Sexual Health Knowledge in a Vulnerable Population: A Survey of Adolescents in the Bateyes of La Romana, Dominican Republic. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2016 Feb 27. pii: /j/ijamh.ahead-of-print/ijamh-2015-0104/ijamh-2015-0104.xml. doi: 10.1515/ijamh-2015-0104.

Dainton C, Chu CC, Lin HC, Loh LC. Clinical guidelines for Western clinicians engaged in primary care medical service trips (MSTs) in Latin America and the Caribbean: An integrative literature review. Trop Med Int Health. 2016 Feb 26. doi: 10.1111/tmi.12675. [Epub ahead of print]

Loh LC, Cherniak W, Dreifuss BA, Dacso MM, Lin HC, Evert J. Short term global health experiences and local partnership models: a framework. Global Health. 2015 Dec 18;11(1):50. doi: 10.1186/s12992-015-0135-7.

Loiseau B, Sibbald R, Raman S, Benedict D, Dimaras HD, Loh LC. Don’t make my people beggars: a developing world house of cards. Community Dev J 2015 doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsv047

Sibbald R, Loiseau B, Darren B, Raman S, Dimaras HD, Loh LC. Maintaining Research Integrity while Balancing Cultural Sensitivity: A Case Study and Lessons from the Field. Dev World Bioeth. 2015 Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/dewb.12089. [Epub ahead of print]

Melby MK, Loh LC, Evert JE, Prater CW, Lin HC, Khan OA. Beyond ‘medical missions’ to impact-driven short-term experiences in global health (STEGH): ethical principles to optimize community benefit and learner experience. Acad Med. 2015 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print]

Chae SR, Heckman JE, Rhee DS, Loh LC. Ethical considerations of physician career involvement in global health work: a framework. J Bioeth Inq. 2015 Mar;12(1):129-36. doi: 10.1007/s11673-014-9591-7. Epub 2015 Feb 12

Ferrara BJ, Townsley E, MacKay CR, Lin HC, Loh LC. Short-term global health education programs abroad: disease patterns observed in Haitian migrant communities around La Romana, Dominican Republic. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2014 Nov;91(5):871-5. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.14-0012. Epub 2014 Sep 8.

Rhee DS, Heckman JE, Chae SR, Loh LC. Comparative analysis: potential barriers to career participation by American and Canadian physicians in global health. Int J Family Med. 2014;2014:728163. doi: 10.1155/2014/728163. Epub 2014 Oct 27.

Friedman A, Loh L, Evert J. Developing an Ethical Framework for Short-Term International Dental and Medical Activities. (invited) J Am Coll Dent 2014; 81: 8-15

Yuen MK, Carlos CM, Phan L, Wiener AA, Lin HC, Loh LC. More than just the T-shirt: Reflections from first-time participants in global health service. Can Fam Physician. 2014 Jun;60(6):556-7

Loh LC, Lin HC. Potential benefits of collaboration in short-term global health learning experiences. Acad Med. 2014 Apr;89(4):529-30. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000178

Loh LC, Lin EC, Lin HC, Heckman JE, Rhee DS. Collaboration: another global health rule of engagement? Am J Med. 2013 Mar;126(3):e15. doi: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2012.07.028

Loh LC, Rhee DS, Heckman JE, Chae SR. Not just more global health—smarter global health. Can Fam Physician. 2012 Apr;58(4):376-8

Other publications

We also publish other supporting, non-academic materials that can be used in the conduct of volunteer experiences abroad, which can be found below:

The 53rd Week Spanish Phrasebook

​The 53rd Weeks Spanish Phrasebook arose from our organizations work in the Dominican Republic and was developed by members of our team from the United States and our local contacts in the Dominican Republic. It contains key phrases used to conduct a history and physical examination, provide counselling on treatments and investigations, and includes a translated glossary of medical anatomy and equipment in Spanish. 

Authors: Itza Téllez, Nefer Casado, Emery Lin, Tristan Lutz, Stephanie Tucker, Henry Lin

First Edition, 2013