The Medical School for International Health December 2011 Update

We are pleased to send you the following updates on the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), a collaboration of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences and Columbia University Medical Center. Having admitted our fourteenth class this year, we have a number of milestones to share. As you may know, the MSIH actively encourages student participation in expanding our global health curriculum through the Global Health and Medicine Working Group. Our students recently presented a poster on the MSIH Global Health curriculum titled Integrative global health curriculum for medical school students: Assessments and advances at the November conference of the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) in Montreal, Canada. In the photo at left, second year medical students Caitlin Mullins (left), a University of North Carolina alumna with a degree in International Studies, and Tobin Greensweig (left), a UC Santa Barbara graduate, are seen here with their poster at the GHEC conference along with fourth-year medical students Katherine Horan, a McGill University graduate and Jonah Mink, an alum of Brandeis University departments of Neuroscience/Biology.
The 2011 MSIH Alumni Symposium, held on November 6, 2011, convened alumni from all ten graduating classes to review plans to establish an MSIH Alumni Association for our 328 alumni in North America and abroad. The afternoon was set aside for presentations on outcomes of our alumni tracking project and on some of the global health research and clinical activities our alumni are engaged in, some of which are listed below:
Ryan Carroll, MD (‘02), MPH, a graduate of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, is now a Pediatric Critical Care Intensivist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He spends one-third of his time in Uganda, working on the Blantyre Malaria Project. His presentation Translational Research in Cerebral Malaria describes the research and clinical data compiled to support the use of nitric oxide in the treatment of pediatric cerebral malaria.
Erica Spatz, MD (‘03), MPH, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, is a recent Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Yale University’s School of Medicine. She discussed her work with colleagues at Yale in Working with Medically Underserved Communities in New Haven, Connecticut: Dealing with Health Disparities in Economically Advanced Urban Settings. Her study focused on the challenges faced by underserved populations in not only receiving care, but in continuing care, and provided a patient navigation model called Project Access to improve care.
We have been conducting longitudinal tracking of our alumni to asses both career paths and the extent to which our alumni are advancing the global health mission of the MSIH.
I reported on our alumni involvement in global health and highlighted outcomes that were part of a poster presentation at the GHEC-CUGH conference. Our data shows that 71% of graduates from our first five classes have been involved in one or more areas of global health within two to eight years after graduation.
In addition, many graduates are involved in four or more areas of global health-related clinical activity or research. You will find my presentation, as well as MSIH Residencies, Fellowships, and Alumni Publications on our website by clicking here.
We are always pleased to speak with pre-health advisors or send a program representative to meet with you and your students on campus. Our website provides the MSIH curriculum, an interactive application and scholarship information.
Sincerely, Pamela Pamela Cooper, MA Administrative Director
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