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Promising global health efforts for faculty, trainees supported with more than $85k in FY13

August 08, 2013 College News - Seven Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) faculty with global health partnerships in education, research, patient care, and community engagement were awarded funding from the Institute for Health and Society Global Health Program through quasi endowment and discretionary funds.

Additionally 36 MCW residents, fellows, and medical students with approved global health electives received funding from Ewens WIcare Program, St. Joseph's Hospital Professional Emergency Services, Inc., and the Dr. Elaine Kohler Global Health Elective Scholarship funds.  

The Program annually facilitates these funding allocations which contribute to improved health from neighborhoods to nations. 

Faculty Global Health Research Seed Projects

Dr. Mary Kaminsky, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, led a seed project entitled, "Back to the Basics: A Collaboration to Strengthen Physical Exam Skills in Uganda." Dr. Kaminsky, along with her team, developed a succinct curriculum to teach vital signs, WHO-based growth parameters, and physical examination skills to 35 medical personnel and a Master Trainer in Bugobero Hospital in Manafwa, Uganda. Faculty colleagues from UW Madison and MCW M2 Lauren Coogle assisted with the training and research evaluation. 

Dr. Paula North, Chief of Pediatric Pathology, led a seed project entitled, "Establishing and sustaining a clinical and diagnostic laboratory in Yantalo, Peru." Leveraging funding from her Fogarty International Center grant, Dr. North created a needs assessment to determine what types of environmental hazards are present in the Peruvian environment and to better understand chronic illness prevalence types, and their possible tie to specific environmental hazards. An affiliation agreement between MCW, Yantalo Peru Foundation and the Peruvian NIH was signed in June. Drs. hargarten, North, Kehl with MCW medical students

Faculty Global Health Travel Scholarships

Dr. Thomas Robey

Dr. Mickey Kron, Professor of Medicine, specializes in tropical infectious disease and lectured on this subject at an international conference in India, while Dr. Thomas Robey, Associate Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences, provided head and neck surgery training for residents in Gabon, Africa.

Dr. Jim Sanders, Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, had efforts in Zambia focused on solidifying his role as a consultant for the University of Zambia School of Medicine. Moreover, he is starting a Fulbright grant to assist the university with its efforts to initiate the country's first family medicine training program.

Dr. Lauren Wiebe, Assistant Professor of Medicine, mentored medical students through two collaborative study protocols -- "An Analysis of the Jerrycan Pain Scale for Patients at Hospice Africa” and "A Pilot Study Tracking Spiritual Well-Being of Patients at Hospice Africa Uganda" with Hospice Africa Uganda.

Dr. Monica Thakar, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, will participate in education outreach in Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation in Lima, Peru, this month. 

UME and GME Global Health Electives

Important extramural funding allows MCW medical students', and residents and fellows the ability to conduct electives and research around the world. This year, MCW trainees traveled to: Belize, China, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, India, Ireland, Italy, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Taiwan, Uganda, and Zambia.

Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research

Generously funded by the Kohler Family Foundation, stipends provided six talented rising M2s the opportunity to gain exposure in the field of global health research with MCW faculty mentorship. During a 10-week hands-on experience, they were offered research skill building in Milwaukee and Uganda, El Salvador, the Netherlands, and Vietnam.

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