Global Health Assembly: Medical Students Without Borders

The SUNY Downstate School of Public Health celebrated the 19 fourth-year medical students Monday, March 14, who will undertake the Global Health in Developing Countries elective in four nations this April.

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Downstate medical alumni gave $50,000 this year for travel expenses, an investment in global health. Students study health systems in income- and resource-poor countries, and provide meaningful medical service.

Pascal Imperato, MD, dean and distinguished service professor, School of Public Health, said his colleagues from other schools are amazed by the diversity of the elective’s locations, and the money available for students.

“Most medical schools do not fund their students,” Dr. Imperato said.

Since the program was started in 1980 by the then-titled Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, 386 students have participated in 41 countries.

The program is one of the largest and most successful of its kind among US medical schools, according to the Department of Public Health.

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Participating 2015-2016 students and the nation of their study/service:

Olufunke Bakare, Guatemala
Akshay O. Bhatt, India
Emily R. Bokser, India
Danielle Brooks, India
Cynthia Gaw, Taiwan
Rebecca M. Gonsalves, Guatemala
Natalie Rose Howlett, Guatemala
Anne-Sophie Janvier, Guatamala
Christina A. Johnson, Guatemala
Lynchy Lezeau, Guatemala
Deborah Moon, Guatemala
Jennah A. Morgan, Guatemala
Nurah M. Morgan, Guatemala
Disha L. Shastry, India
Kathleen Siapno, Taiwan
Sarah C. Stokes, India
Rose C. Wei, Taiwan
Michelle Xu, Taiwan
Sibgha Zaheer, Thailand

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