Messages from the Leadership of UNIBE: Dean Marcos Núñez and Dean Loraine Amell

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Marcos Nunez, Dean of Health Sciences, UNIBE

A Note from Dean Marcos Núñez:

Through our exchange with Western Connecticut Health Network/University of Vermont Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine, we have learned more about what global health means and how it can be incorporated into a career in medicine. We have been inspired to work toward making global health an integral component of Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE). Our own Global Health Department at UNIBE Faculty of Health Sciences was established in August.

We are thrilled about our new partnership with the outstanding global health program of Western Connecticut Health Network/University of Vermont Rober Larner, MD College of Medicine. We are currently preparing for upcoming electives for international medical students which includes, in addition to clinical training, medical Spanish, tropical medicine, and cultural awareness. Furthermore, we are planning to provide a Global Health Track for our selected students in the near future.

We were also very impressed by the Global Health Blog, and believe it is important for many reasons. It provides a platform for communication between global health partners and  serves as a shared forum through which global health topics can be brainstormed, discussed, and broadened. Moreover, it is an avenue through which we can share our global health challenges and experiences, and the lessons learned through them.

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Loraine Amell, Dean of International Affairs, UNIBE

A Note from Dean Loraine Amell:

At UNIBE School of Medicine, we are highly committed to the development of our Global Health Program. For several years, we have been working with nearby communities, engaging our students in volunteer work, practicing in primary care units, developing research projects, and promoting cooperative agreements with local and international institutions. We realized it was time to adjoin these pieces to form a robust structure for global health initiatives. Our partnership with the Western Connecticut Health Network/University of Vermont Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine global health team has been encouraging and inspiring for us. It has helped us realize the importance of global health, and has given us perspective on how to structure our program.

Attending the Global Health Week in April was a true blessing. We had the opportunity to meet global health leaders from different places and backgrounds, all united in one common goal: to deliver healthcare to those who need it the most. In September, UNIBE School of Medicine appointed Dr. Jomar Florenzan as the first Global Health Coordinator. Our Medical School Dean, Dr. Marcos Núñez, has a clear and broadminded vision about the global health opportunities that lie ahead. We are happy to share this journey with our friends in Western Connecticut Health Network/University of Vermont Robert Larner, MD College of Medicine.

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Dr. Jomar Florenzan, Global Health Coordinator, UNIBE
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