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UVM College of Medicine and Danbury Hospital Host Global Health Series Intro Session

The University of Vermont College of Medicine and teaching affiliate Danbury Hospital presented an introductory session for a new Global Health Series at the UVM College of Medicine on October 2, 2012, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Classroom in the Medical Education Center.

Hosted by Majid Sadigh, M.D., infectious disease specialist and director of the Global Health Center at Danbury Hospital/Western Connecticut Health Center, the session featured several nationally-recognized leaders in global health.

Among the event’s featured presenters were Michael Otremba, M.D., recent Yale University School of Medicine graduate and documentary film producer/director of Twero: The Road to Health; Charles Steinberg, M.D., photographer and Howard and Carol Holtzmann Professor of Clinical Medicine and HIV/AIDS specialist at Weill Cornell Medical College; and Bulat Ziganshin, M.D., senior officer of global health, Kazan State Medical University in Russia.

“It’s empathy that brings all of us to medical school,” says Sadigh, who believes global health experiences reinforce this aspiration as senior medical students get closer to graduation. In addition to providing an overview of the Global Health Series, Sadigh will discuss hemorrhagic fevers at the event.

“For a lot of medical students, healthcare equity, cultural competence, and global priorities feel like some of the most tangible and engaging issues in medicine,” says Peter Cooch, a member of the UVM College of Medicine Class of 2014. He and classmate Adam Ackerman presented on their global microscope exchange project.

The Global Health Series introductory session was open to students, residents and faculty from the College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences.