Students to discuss international summer adventures

By Kristen O’Reilly

UMass Medical School Communications

August 25, 2011
Poster fair
Students who traveled internationally over the summer of 2010 talked to UMMS community members at last year’s Global Medical Education Poster Fair. 

Twenty-seven students from the Class of 2014 will talk about their international summer experiences at the Global Medical Education Poster Fair on Friday, Aug. 26, from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in the old Medical School lobby. The students traveled to 19 different countries—from Mexico and Ecuador to South Africa and China—improving their language skills while helping with a variety of medical projects. 

Most are participants of the Pathway on Serving Multicultural and Underserved Populations, which seeks to help students provide culturally and linguistically competent care to recent immigrants and refugees in the United States. Through international and domestic experiences and seminars, the program helps students develop linguistic and cultural competence and sensitivity to the hardships that many immigrants and poor people face.

The following posters are scheduled to be presented:

Sumathi Narayana and Fique Tranquilo: A Language and Cultural Immersion in Salvador, Brasil

Eric Gruber and Hemang Acharya: Obstetric Fistula Repair and Healthcare in Post-war Sierra Leone

Whitney Hendrickson and Jessica Masiero: Maternal and Child Health in Pune, India

Barak Sered: Tuberculosis in Chiapas: A Look at TB in Mexico’s Poorest (and sickest) State

Julie Tabroff: Perceptions of Disease Severity and Frequency in Rural Malawi

Katie Goble: Spain: Investigación Neuroscientifica

Pearl Houghteling: Women’s Health in the Peruvian Migrant Community of Santiago, Chile

Gowri Aragam: Community Rehabilitation Program in Cape Town, South Africa

Dan Choi and Jeff Barrett: Uganda: a Look Inside ‘The Pearl of Africa’

Pediatric Neurosurgery Clinical Experience and Outcomes Research at CURE Children’s Hospital, Mbale, Uganda

Reza Hosseini Ghomi: Healthcare Quality Improvement in Malawi

Raymond Lee: Community Outreach Volunteering in the Volta Region, Ghana

Jenn Fantasia: The International Clinic of Qingdao, China

Claire Welteroth : Healthcare Challenges in South Africa

Debbie Afezolli: An Insider’s Tale of Politics, Culture and Health Care in Albania

Malessa Dias and Amanda Bernier: Todo es Possible en Guatemala!

Hirut Fassil: Learning Medicine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Linda Xie: West Meets East: the Beijing Cancer Hospital, China

Sebastian Ramos, Emily Chen and Alli Ortiz: A Comprehensive Healthcare Experience in Leon, Nicaragua

Vivek Venugopal: Medicine in Faridabad

Sara-Grace Reynolds: Adventure in Amazonia: Culture, Swapping and Cattle Farming in Rural Ecuador


Related links:

Students Share Summer International Adventures Stories