Colloquium on Internationalizing Schools of Medicine and Public Health


Internationalizing Schools of Medicine, Osteopathy and Public Health: Resources from NAFSA's 2012 Colloquium
May 30, 2012

NAFSA’s programs on internationalizing the professional disciplines are designed to serve as a catalyst for transforming curriculums and infusing global knowledge, awareness, and cross-cultural competence in coursework and co-curricular activities. NAFSA’s programs offer strategies, model practice, and resources for this work and build communities of practice among discipline faculty, deans, and other international education professionals.

The first colloquium on internationalizing schools of medicine was held at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. More than 40 deans, faculty members, and other international educators heard presentations on the importance of engaging faculty, received exemplars of highly successful international program, and discussed the ethical implication of these changes. Participants also received a tour of The Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIESM).

Participants left with strategies for curriculum transformation to help build medical practitioner's capacity to grasp global and cross-cultural issues, and a network of associates to help them in this process.

NAFSA thanks The Methodist Hospital Research Institute for their generous support of the colloquium.

Methodist Health

Participants left with strategies for curriculum transformation to help build medical practitioner's capacity to grasp global and cross-cultural issues, and a network of associates to help them in this process.

Presentation Materials

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Colloquium Program
The program provides the schedule of events, session titles and descriptions, and the presenters' names and institutions.

  • Barbara Lee Bass, MD, FACS, Executive Director, The Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation, and Education (MITIESM), and Professor of Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University gave a brief presentation on MITIESM and provided a tour of this facility. 
  • Cathy Easter, President and Chief Executive Officer, Methodist International, United States welcomed the group and provided a brief overview of TMHRI. 
  • Janette "Jenny" Samaan, PhD, Director, Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) the moderator of the colloquium, reviewed the agenda and reminded the group of the goals and objectives of the program.

Transforming Schools of Medicine and Public Health Through Globalization
Donald Burke
, MD, Dean, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health provided an historical perspective of current trends in global health strategies. His presentation stressed the importance of transforming health professional education, and emphasized implementation strategies to address growing student interest.

Are Schools of Medicine and Public Health Producing Effective Global Practitioners?
This panel delved into what intellectual characteristics make for competent global health professionals. By looking at what topics and content are and should be covered in schools, panelists were able to provoke a lively discussion on what curricular changes are needed.

  • Timothy Brewer, MD, Director of Global Health Programs, University of McGill focused on how groups develop consensus and core competencies for global health training in professional education.
  • Bobby Kapur, MD, Director of the Center for Globalization at Baylor College of Medicine discussed the use of structured longitudinal curricula, partnerships with “local” global communities, and innovative mechanisms to graduate more effective global practitioners.

Global Mobility: Highlighting Successful International Practice
The goal of this panel was not only to showcase successful programs, but identify the attributes that makes these programs successful. Panelists suggested strategies and procedures for creating effective programs at participant's home institutions.

  • Mathew Dacso, MD, Director, Center for Global Health Education, University of Texas Medical Branch outlined an approach to the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of student global health experiences that emphasizes their role in the overall international development and global health landscape.
  • Dr. Reza Nassiri, DSc, FACCP, Director, Institute for International Health, Dean of Global Health, and Associate Dean of College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University covered the role of faculty in successful programs.
  • Janette "Jenny" Samaan, PhD presented on the rationale behind the AAMC launching a global initiative that will facilitate clinical and research electives for final year medical students. Her presentation included how the GHLO network will operate, the challenges it is prepared to address, and the creative approaches to mount this global engagement.

The Ethical Implications of Internationalizing the Curriculum
Ruth Berggren, MD, Director, Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, and the Marvin Forland, MD, Distinguished Professor in Medical Ethics, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio used a case-based approach to present examples of ethical dilemmas that have arisen in the course of internationalizing medical education. The root causes of these ethical dilemmas were explored with potential approaches for prevention and solutions.

Agenda & Presenters


NAFSA thanks Saint Louis University School of Medicine for their generous support.

St. Louis University

NAFSA also thanks our partner organization, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)