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Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research

Dr. Elaine Kohler, a MCW alumnus (Pediatrics Fellowship 1968) and former Associate Professor of Pediatrics (1968-1981) is remembered by her medical colleagues and within the community she served with deep respect for her advocacy in the fields of diabetes, obesity, heavy metal toxicity and mental health. This scholarship fund is for the summer global health research program for medical students who seek to recognize Dr. Kohler’s legacy long after her untimely death in 1981. The fund, provided by the Wm. Collins Kohler Foundation, pays tribute to her life’s local and global health work by providing support for those projects and individuals who carry on her selfless commitment to helping others.

The Dr. Elaine Kohler Summer Academy of Global Health Research encourages talented rising M2's to enter the research field during a 10-week hands-on experience. Students spend 5-weeks addressing global health disparities locally in Milwaukee and then 5-weeks internationally. This experience allows students the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to address global health issues such as water, injury prevention, and human molecular genetics. Students will be paired with a faculty member and their global and local partners.

Since 2011, 61 medical students have completed faculty mentored research with their global collaborators across 17 countries. View the global locations and collaborators (PDF). Over 40% have disseminated their research via publications and academic conferences. View the scholarly outputs of past Kohler Scholars (PDF).

Summer 2019

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Sarah Benett

Sarah Bennett Poster Presentation

International Organization
Child and Family Foundation Uganda and Makerere University, Uganda

Faculty
Dr. Laura Cassidy, PhD, Professor Epidemiology and Dr. Harriet Babikako, MPH, MBChB, PhD, Lecturer Child Health and Development Center

Study
Program Implementation and Assessment of the Malawai Developmental Assessment Tool for Young Children at the Child and Family Foundation of Uganda Clinic in Kampala, Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To assess the program implementation of the MDAT tool at the Child and Family Foundation of Uganda. Also, to evaluate neurodevelopment in children under 6 years old in Kampala Uganda

Raj Lodhia

Raj Lodhia Poster Presentation

International Organization
GORGAS Institute for Health Research and Panama Ministry of Health, Panama

Faculty
Dr. Nathan Gundacker, MD, Assistant Professor Infectious Disease

Study
Community Perceptions on Snake Envenomation in Panama (PDF)

Purpose
The majority of individuals surveyed in El Valle de Anton Panama, will be unfamiliar in proper snakebite treatment methodologies. A significant percentage of the population would prefer visiting “natural healers” in lieu of medical clinics to treat snake envenomation.

Nithya Sridhar

Nithya Sridhar Poster Presentation

International Organization
University College Dublin and Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Ireland

Faculty
Dr. Stephen Hargarten, MPH, MD, Associate Dean Global Health

Study
Retrospective analysis of pediatric renal transplant biopsy data in Ireland: A 15-year review (PDF)

Purpose
To profile both therapeutic and graft outcomes in post-transplant patients who have undergone a renal biopsy in a national single center in Ireland

Alec Baca

Alec Baca Poster Presentation

International Organization
Lao-Korea National Children’s Hospital

Faculty
Dr. Theodore MacKinney, MD, Professor General Internal Medicine

Study
A Qualitative-Quantitative Study on the Accessibility of Online Medical information for Lao Medical Students and Physicians (PDF)

Purpose
This study explores limitations to online medical education, and the opportunity they create for FOAM, in Laos, a low-income Asian country with notably low proficiency in the English language.

Janki Mistry

Janki Mistry Poster Presentation

International Organization
Dhulikhel Hospital and Kathmandu University, Nepal

Faculty
Dr. Theodore MacKinney, MD, Professor General Internal Medicine and Dr. Roshana Shrestha, MD, Associate Professor, Emergency Department

Study
Baseline Assessment of COPD Management at Dhulikhel Hospital Emergency Department in Nepal (PDF)

Purpose
To understand the baseline characteristics of COPD patients and the service they receive in a Nepali hospital emergency department. Also, to identify key areas for quality improvement and implement a quality improvement intervention through a Plan Do Study Act model (PDSA)

Celestino Castanon

Celestino Castanon Poster Presentation

International Organization
Hospital General Calixto Garcia, Cuba

Faculty
Dr. Marc A De Moya, Chief Trauma and Critical Care, Surgery

Study
Implementation of a Tablet-Based Electronic Trauma Registry in a Cuban Hospital: a Feasibility Study (PDF)

Purpose
To determine the feasibility of implementing an electronic trauma registry in Calixto Garcia Hospital and identify the necessary fundamental changes to make the implementation possible.

Brittany Fickau

Brittany Fickau Poster Presentation

International Organization
Makerere University, Uganda

Faculty
Dr. Julia Dickson-Gomez, PhD, professor Epidemiology

Study
Assessing HIV Care for People who Inject Drugs in Kampala, Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To explore HIV medical providers’ experiences with attitudes toward PLH who use substances. Also, to explore HIV providers’ knowledge about harm reduction practices, substance use disorders, and best practices in treating PLH who use substances.

Antonio Aguayo

Antonio Aguayo Poster Presentation

International Organization
Hospital General Calixto-Garcia de La Habana, Cuba

Faculty
Dr. Marc A De Moya, Chief Trauma and Critical Care, Surgery

Study
Identifying barriers to standardizing trauma care using an electronic medical record platform (T6) in Havana, Cuba (PDF)

Purpose
To identify the challenges of using an electronic medical record platform (T6) to standardize trauma care in a low resource setting and to determine the feasibility to overcome these challenges.

Summer 2018

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Krishna Doshi

KrishnaDoshi_Poster

International Organization
Makerere University

Faculty
Laura Cassidy, professor institute for health and equity

Study
Experiential Learning and Maximizing Opportunities in Conducting a Summer Research Project in Kampala, Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To evaluate the association of risk factors including lack of employment, unstable housing, marital status intimate partner violence and substance abuse, and protective, resilient factors such as social support, spirituality and coping with the risk of depression in men and women in the urban setting Kawempe Division, Kampala Uganda

Daniel Hanna

DanielHanna_Poster

International Organization
Indigenous Health International

Faculty
Leonard Egede, professor internal medicine

Study
High Blood Pressure in an Indigenous Community in Panama: Prevalence and Independent Correlates (PDF)

Purpose
To measure the prevalence of hypertension in a Kuna island population separated from the main land and understand the sociodemographic correlates of hypertension

Christian Hernandez

ChristianHernandez_Poster

International Organization
El Valle Health Center

Faculty
Nathan Gundacker, assistant professor medicine, infectious disease

Study
Real World Experience with Leishmaniasis Treatment in Rural Panama (PDF)

Purpose
Assess treatment compliance in a rural Panama clinic population to pentavalent antimoniates through a review of patient records

Ethan Homedi

EthanHomedi_Poster

International Organization
Makerere University

Faculty
Julia Dickson Gomez, professor institute for health and equity

Study
Substance Use and HIV Risk in Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To assess drug use in individuals living in a low-income community of Kampala, Uganda and the associated contextual factors (drug use sites, sexual habits, drug network) that may contribute to sexual risk behavior and HIV infection

Allison Neitzel

AllisonNeitzel_Poster

International Organization
Indigenous Health International

Faculty
Leonard Egede, MD, professor internal medicine

Study
Dietary Patterns Among the Indigenous Kuna Indians of Panama (PDF)

Purpose
To identify dietary patterns within the Kuna Indian community on the San Blas Islands and investigate sociodemographic correlates with dietary food items

Robert Olson

RobertOlson_Poster

International Organization
El Valle Health Center

Faculty
Nathan Gundacker, assistant professor medicine, infectious disease

Study
Local Community Perceptions of Snakebite Envenomation in Panama (PDF)

Purpose

  1. To characterize and quantify the perceptions of snakebites in El Valle, Panama
  2. To increase knowledge of envenomation and to assess local knowledge of prevention and treatment of snakebites
Danielle Savino

DanielleSavino_Poster

International Organization
Makerere University

Faculty
Kirsten Beyer, associate professor institute for health and equity

Study
Assessing Women’s Cervical Cancer Burdens, Knowledge, and Attitudes in Central Uganda (PDF)

Purpose
To assess women’s perceptions and awareness of cervical cancer risks in Kyadondo County, Uganda

Rachel Tillman

RachelTillman_Poster

International Organization
University College of Dublin

Faculty
Stephen Hargarten, professor of emergency medicine

Study
Importance of Changes to Treatment Plans Based on Pediatric Renal Transplant Biopsy Findings in Ireland: a 10-Year Review (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Identify demographics of pediatric renal transplant patients across Ireland from 2007-2017
  2. Identify treatment changes in post-transplant renal biopsy patients

Summer 2017

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Liya Assefa
Local Organizationassefa-liya
University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health

International Organization
Belize Ministry of Health, Belize Vector and Ecology Center

Faculty
John Grieco, PhD, associate director

Study
Perceptions and Understanding of Zika Virus in Northern Belize (PDF)

Purpose
The aim of this study was to assess the understanding and awareness of Zika virus of residents in Orange Walk Town and neighboring villages in northern Belize.
Ruisu Chen

Local Organizationchen-ruisu
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
University College Dublin School of Medicine, Ireland

Faculty
Stephen Hargarten, MD, MPH, professor emergency medicine

Study
Quality Adjusted Life Year (QALY) in Subjects with and without HIV-infection Enrolled in the HIV UPBEAT (Understanding the Pathology of Bone Disease in HIV Infected Subjects) Cohort Study (PDF)

Purpose

  1. To explore differences in QoL in HIV+ and HIV- subjects over time,
  2. To explore the association between HIV-status and changes in QoL,
  3. To compare differences in QALY between HIV+ and HIV- subjects.
Olivia Davies
Local Organizationdavies-olivia
University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health

International Organization
Belize Ministry of Health, Belize Vector and Ecology Center

Faculty
John Grieco, PhD, associate director

Study
Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices Towards Chagas Disease in Northern and Southern Belize (PDF)

Purpose
The aim of this study was to assess if the knowledge of Chagas Disease was greater in the southern regions of Belize than the southern regions due to higher vector presence.
Courtney Goulet

Local Organizationgoulet-courtney
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, Belize

Faculty
Amy Zosel, MD, associate professor emergency medicine

Study
Characterize and Quantify the Epidemiology of Patient Toxicity and Management at Karl Heusner Hospital in Belize (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Characterize and quantify the epidemiology of human toxicity, patient characteristics, and disposition after treatment provided by Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital emergency physicians in Belize,
  2. Strengthen knowledge base in medical toxicology.
Bellony Nzemenoh
Local Organizationnzemenoh-bellony
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
School of Medicine University of Split, Croatia

Faculty
Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD, professor anesthesiology and physiology

Study
Sleep Study Habits in Medical Students (PDF)

Purpose
This study explored quantity of sleep and associated lifestyle choices for medical students.
Kristina Parthum

Local Organizationparthum-kristina
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
School of Medicine University of Split, Croatia

Faculty
Zeljko Bosnjak, PhD professor anesthesiology and physiology

Study
Comparison of Infectious Disease Outbreak Preparedness in Two Hospitals: Split, Croatia and Milwaukee, WI (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Complete public health surveys on infectious disease outbreak preparedness at a hospital in Split, Croatia and a hospital in Milwaukee, WI, USA
  2. Compare the hospitals’ infectious disease outbreak preparedness.
William Shi

Local Organizationshi-william
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Patan Hospital, Nepal

Faculty
Theodore MacKinney, MD, MPH, FACP, associate professor internal medicine

Study
Assessment of Peripheral IV Catheter Placement Technique, a Quality Improvement Project in Patan Hospital Emergency Room, Nepal (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Identify contributing factors to high rates of septic phlebitis at Patan Hospital,
  2. Identify potential educational interventions to durably reduce the risk of septic phlebitis to near at or near Western values.
Andrew Stein

Local Organizationstein-andrew
Medical College of Wisconsin

International Organization
Patan Hospital, Nepal

Faculty
Theodore MacKinney, MD, MPH, FACP, associate professor internal medicine

Study
Peripheral IV Septic Phlebitis Quality Improvement Project in Patan Hospital, Nepal (PDF)

Purpose

  1. Conduct quality improvement study to improve care at Patan Hospital,
  2. Establish present Patan Hospital septic phlebitis baseline,
  3. Implement intervention to reduce rate of phlebitis.
Josh Thiel
Local Organizationtheil-josh
University of Notre Dame Eck Institute for Global Health

International Organization
Belize Ministry of Health, Belize Vector and Ecology Center

Faculty
John Grieco, PhD, associate director

Study
Characterization of Aedes Mosquito Habitat and Larvicidal Resistance to Better Control the Vector in Northern Belize (PDF)

Purpose
This study aimed to analyze water characteristics of Aedes positive water containers to better understand what types of habitats Aedes mosquitos choose. Larval resistance of the Aedes mosquito to the larvacide Temephos was also measured to assess the effectiveness of the larvicide in controlling the Aedes population.