Internationalizing Medical Education: Resources from NAFSA's 2013 Colloquium


Internationalizing Schools of Medicine, Osteopathy, and Public Health: Resources from NAFSA's 2013 Colloquium

May 29, 2013

Building on the success of last year’s colloquium, the 2013 colloquium “Creating and Sustaining Successful Interinstitutional Partnerships" concentrated on the mechanics of and issues related to these partnerships. The event was held at Saint Louis University School of Medicine on Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Around 40 deans, faculty members, and other international educators were in attendance. Participants received a tour of The School of Medicine and C-STARS* (Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills) Clinical Simulation Center and The School of Medicine Clinical Skills Center. Through presentations and small group discussions, participants left with strategies for curriculum transformation and a network of associates to help them in this process.

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

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

Prensentation Materials

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

What is the Value of Interinstitutional Collaborations that Encourage Bilateral or Multilateral Student Exchange?
Edwin Trevathan, MD, MPH Dean, College for Public Health & Social Justice, Saint Louis University, addressed the role of partnership in student mobility programs. His presentation stressed practiced-based education that emphasizes collaborative interdisciplinary research service learning and community engagement committed to improve health on a global scale. SLU’s approach involves preparing globally competent practitioners to be caring and advocates for the underserved and marginalized groups in both the United States and abroad.

The Dynamics of Global Student Exchanges: U.S. Perspectives
The goal of this panel was not only to showcase successful programs but also to provide participants with three very different exemplars of student mobility: outgoing, incoming, and case based. Panelists shared strategies and procedures for creating effective programs at participants’ home institutions.

  • Sending Students Tonette Krousel-Wood, MD, Associate Dean and Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Tulane University, described the successes and challenges of sending U.S. students in her work at Tulane. She finished her presentation with her connection to the AAMC GHLO projects.
  • Hosting Students Robin Paetzold, MBA, Director of Global Health, University of Iowa Medical School, described the successes and challenges during her experience at the Carver College of Medicine receiving international students.
  • Components of a ‘Good’ Partnership Madelon Finkel, MPH, PhD, Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director, Office of Global Health Education, Cornell University, closed out the session with an in-depth discussion of the particulars of the Weill Cornell Medical College Global Health Program.

Peace Corps Response and The Global Health Service Partnership (Handout)
Sarah Morgenthau, JD, Director of Peace Corps Response, provided information about new two Peace Corps programs. In March 2012, Peace Corps, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Health Service Corps (GHSC) launched the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP), an innovative public-private partnership that will deploy trained nurses and physicians to teach in medical, nursing, and clinical officer institutions in Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Small Group Sessions: Presenters framed the discussion topics with five-minute presentations, then the participants broke into smaller groups for in-depth discussions.

  • A Successful Experience of Best Practice of Mobility for Medical Students (Sao Paolo, Brazil) (Handout)
    Silke Weber, MD, PhD, Professor, Sao Paulo State University Botucatu Medical School, lead the discussion on improving cooperation with centers of excellence and strengthening cooperation in Latin America and Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa.
  • A Successful Experience of Best Practice of Mobility for Medical Students (Handout)
    Jody Olsen, PhD, Director, Student Center for Global Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, provided information about the challenges in organizing an interprofessional international hands-on experience; the impact of working across professions in a resource-limited country; and the measurement tools for assessing the impact of these of experiences on students.