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February 2017 Global Health Newsletter
Western Connecticut Health Network and UVM Larner College of Medicine

Dr. Brian Beesiga and Dr. John Kiggundu, recent graduates of Makerere College of Health Sciences and former global scholars, with UVM medical student Bryce Bludevich '17 at MckCHS International Office, Kampala, Uganda.

Global Health Elective Underway

A total of thirteen students and five medical residents completed global health electives abroad in Uganda, Vietnam, and Zimbabwe in the month of February. Among those in Uganda were UVM psychiatry residents Dr. Megan Gething and Dr. Molly Rovin, who paved the way for a new partnership in psychiatry between UVM and Makerere College of Health Sciences. Read more >>

Member Highlights

Dr. Michelle Mertz, core faculty in Family Medicine at UVM and member of the UVM Global Health Leadership Team, discovered global health by following her own curiosity. When, as a third year medical student, she felt her career had been limited to answering questions without asking her own, she decided to travel through Asia piecing together medical work with the sociopolitical history of the region. Read more >>

Dr. Long Tran is a neurosurgeon at Cho Ray Hospital who recently completed three months of observership training in the ICU at Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Long was a major asset to his colleagues for contributing his clinical knowledge and cultural background. He returned to Vietnam where he will be training incoming students and residents during their global health electives. Read more >>

Global Health Evening with Kaveh Khoshnood

On February 15th, Kaveh Khoshnood, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Yale School of Public Health, presented "Ethical Issues in Global Health Research" at Norwalk Hospital. Dr. Khoshnood's presentation emphasized the importance of ethical considerations when planning and implementing any research study. He is a passionate advocate for incorporating ethics education into graduate curriculum for students preparing to complete research with the goal of upholding the validity of the individual study and the core purpose of research.

Sanyu Babies Home

On February 28th, Charles Musoke, M.D., Junior Faculty and Cardiologist at Mulago National Referral Hospital and Global Health Scholar at Danbury Hospital, presented a lecture at Sacred Heart University as part of the Global Education and Health Lecture Series. Dr. Musoke specifically focused on the challenges of health equity in Uganda and on Sanyu Babies Home, which offers abandoned orphans a chance to basic healthcare, education, and love.

Nursing Division Visit to Uganda

Tammy Higgins, APRN, at WCHN traveled to Uganda in February for an administrative visit toward the establishment of a nursing division in global health. Ms. Higgins spent most of the trip meeting with partners at the African Community Center for Social Sustainability (ACCESS) in Nakaseke. Next month give delegates from Sacred Heart University representing the nursing school and physicians assistant program will be visiting this organization for strengthening the existing partnership between WCHN and ACCESS as well as MckCHS. Thank you to all those involved in establishing this new division.

Farewell Global Health Scholars

The program extends a warm farewell to Drs. Minh Huy, Long Tran, Nguyen Thu, and Vinh Trinh who departed on February 10th. Drs. Huy and Long completed three months of ICU training at Norwalk Hospital while Drs. Thu and Trinh completed three months of cardiology training at Danbury Hospital. Thank you to these global scholars for their dedication to capacity building of human resources, and to the physicians, nurses, fellows, and residents who fostered their training programs at the home institutions.

Dominican Republic

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Mark Warshofsky, Dr. Robert Jarrett, Ms. Menoo Afkari, and Dean Loraine Amell in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Drs. Warshofsky and Jarrett are from the Cardiology Department at WCHN where they train visiting global health scholars in interventional cardiology and non invasive cardiology, respectively. They recently completed an administrative site visit to the Dominican Republic with plans to recruit incoming scholars.

Current Rotations

Resident Dr. Siddarth Kathuria from Norwalk Hospital performs echocardiography with Dr. Tho at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Dr. Kathuria was accompanied by senior medical students Hannah Duane from American University of the Caribbean and Billy Tran from UVM Larner College of Medicine, as well as UVM pediatricl resident Dr. Daniela Chan. Thank you to Stephen Scholand, the Site Director, and all of our partners in Vietnam for making these rotations productive and fruitful.



Global Health 2016 Annual Report


  • Congratulations to Bryce Bludevich, Class of 2017, for procuring IRB approval for her current research project which explores infection control practices in operating rooms in Uganda.

  • Congratulations to Mitra Sadigh, Swapnil Parve, Leah Moody et al. for the recent acceptance of their manuscript "Creating a Bidirectional Culture of Safety in Global Health Electives Through Development of Comprehensive Safety Protocols" for publication in Medical Science Educator.

  • Congratulations to Mitra Sadigh whose viewpoint piece about the importance of global health electives was accepted for publication in AAMC.

March Calendar

  • March 2: Farewell to Dr. Charles Musoke, J1 research fellow from Uganda.

  • March 3-11: Sacred Heart University delegate site visit (MckCHS, ACCESS), Uganda

  • March 4: Boston Global Surgery Symposium from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Tosteson Medical Education Center.

  • March 6: Director of Global Health gives a noon conference at Danbury Hospital on tropical medicine.

  • March 29: Director of Global Health gives a noon conference at Norwalk Hospital on Chagas disease.

January Review

  • January: Twelve first year medical students from UVM were selected to complete the global health elective this summer.

  • January 9-10: Program Director makes monthly administrative visit to UVM.

  • January 13: Dr. Swapnil Parve, J1 Research Scholar, departed after two years of capacity building training at WCHN.

  • January 24: Dr. Chi Cuong Do, anesthesiologist from Cho Ray Hospital in Vietnam arrived for capacity building training at the Norwalk Hospital ICU.