The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont

UVM COM Sadigh Group 280x220The Larner College of Medicine students have delivered cancer-detecting microscopes to Uganda, treated children with infectious diseases in Zimbabwe and leapt language barriers to discuss patient medical needs in Russia. Global Health students experience both a clinical rotation and cultural and language enhancement through field trips, seminars and a host family.

In December 2014, the WCHN/UVM program was accepted as a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, based in Washington, D.C., a worldwide organization of 130 academic institutions and other groups working to address global health challenges.

Here on campus, the Global Health Student Interest Group includes medical, nursing and undergraduate students and faculty mentors and supports the program through workshops and seminars that cover global health topics and options for study overseas. With mentor Dr. Majid Sadigh, this group also supports the Global Health Lecture Series each month, inviting guests to share their experience and insight with the UVM community. The annual Global Health Day has also been a success. We were honored to have Professor Nelson K. Sewankambo, the Provost of Makerere University and a board member of Washington, D.C.-based Consortium of Universities for Global Health as our keynote speaker for the 2014 Deans Distinguished Lecture on Global Heath. In 2015, we hosted Professor Celestino Obua, Vice Chancellor, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda; Professor Ayrat Ziganshin, Former Vice Rector on International Affairs, Kazan State Medical University, Russia; and Ms. Susan Nassaka Byekwaso, International Programs Coordinator, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda, for "A Distinguished Panel Discussion: Philosophy, Perspective, Partnership and Lessons Learned," several workshops, and a poster session with students and program participants sharing their presentations and reflections.