Active Learning in Global Health Medical Education

Written by Dr. Molly Moore, Director of Global Health at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine Pediatrics Department

Originally presented at the Inaugural Western Connecticut Health Network Global Health Conference.

Safety in Global Health: Don’t Be blinded

Written by Stephen J. Scholand, M.D.

It was quite late in the evening, and I was walking alone in a crowded urban market. It wasn’t the best area of town, but I needed to do some last minute souvenir shopping for my loved ones at home. I thought of their interest and enjoyment in receiving some beautiful and unique handicrafts from local artisans.

Pride and Pericardiocentesis

Written by Dr. Marcia Glass, Program Director at Tulane Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine

There are no paintings on the walls in the hospitals I have worked at in the capital of Liberia.  The bareness of the walls parallels the limited equipment I have on hand.   Listening to some of these patients, or looking at their X-rays without the benefit of modern technology, I get the feeling I am seeing pathology in its most extreme form – the way people saw it when the diseases we now treat routinely in the West were first discovered.

Feeling Grateful: A Reflection on Global Education & Health Lecture Series

Written by Steve Musitano, Sacred Heart University Farrington College of Education Class of 2019, Secondary Teacher Candidate

On March 26th, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the new West Campus building, the Global Education and Health Lecture Series at Sacred Heart University (SHU) hosted the “Healthcare and Education in Uganda" panel. This new initiative is a collaboration between the SHU Farrington College of Education, the SHU College of Health Professions, and Western Connecticut Health Network.

The Value of Sharing Stories

Written by Carole Whitaker, Assistant Dean for Medical Communications and Planning at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

From the beginning of time, people have connected with each other through storytelling. Whether sharing what we have seen with our eyes, what we have built with our hands, or what we have dreamed with our imaginations, the best of our stories engage the hearts of both the teller and the listener.

Flowers of Guatemala

Written by Dr. Jose Marquez, Infectious Diseases Fellow at the University of Arizona

He was a thin young man, only twenty-eight years old, but had probably experienced more than most do in a lifetime. He was shackled to the hospital bed with a visible sadness, confusion, and uncertainty of the future to come. Unable to communicate in English, he continued the solitude he had faced in the desert, but now in a sterile room with two Border Patrol agents present in body but with emotional distance. They waited, arms crossed in brown fatigues, guns at their side, exuding a seriousness centered on intimidation.

Finding Our Grace, Gratitude, and Fortitude

Written by Dr. Randi R. Diamond, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Director of the Liz Claiborne Center for Humanism in Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College

As physicians and medical students, we may initially think we are going to a new place, often in the Global South, to share our expertise and teach local healthcare workers about the practice of medicine. In reality, we are going to learn – not only about a different medical system but also about cultures, beliefs, values, stories of life and illness, and ourselves. This learning may start even before we arrive at our host destination.

In Awe

Written by Dr. Stephen Winter, Senior Consultant for the WCHN/UVMLCOM Global Health Program

Medicine in a crowded hospital ward in a resource-constrained country can be emotionally overwhelming. Patients generally enter these hospitals with advanced diseases, often accompanied by severe comorbidities such as advanced HIV or malnutrition. Mortality rates are much higher than we experience in our home hospitals. During my visit to Zimbabwe two years ago, it was not unusual for two or three patients to expire or experience a severe event such as a grand mal seizure during the course of rounds on a single day.

Global Health: A Proving Ground for Physicians On Their Journey

Written by Dr. Stephen Scholand, Global Health Program Site Director in Thailand, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe

One of the challenges in global health is the need to adapt. It is vitally important to focus on the goal: to become the absolute best physician you can be. The practice of medicine is not easy. It is a great sacrifice on many levels, beginning early in the education process from passing organic chemistry to scoring well on the MCAT, applying to medical schools to undergoing the interview process.