Global Learning Colloquium: Health Professions

Annual Conference & ExpoNAFSA 2019 Updates

Addressing Healthcare Inequities Around the World

Wednesday May 30, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA

Infectious diseases do not respect borders and even non-communicable diseases can quickly become global epidemics. 21st century global health challenges are made more complex by inherent structural inequities and by educational deficiencies that do not address the global nature of these challenges. Future healthcare providers must understand the complex global systems within which they treat patients and serve communities.

This colloquium brought together healthcare educators and administrators working to better prepare students for successful practice in globally-interconnected and multicultural environments.


Wednesday, May 30
9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m. Welcome and Overview
Richard J. Derman, MD, MPH, Associate Provost, Global Affairs, Jefferson: Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Opening Panel: The Algorithm for Service: Service-learning and other educational resources for students and faculty interested in setting up new experiences
  • Madeleine Wilcox, PhD, Manager, International and Domestic Study Away Programs, Office of Global Education and Initiatives, Jefferson: Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University


  • Nicholas Leon, PharmD, Associate Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Jefferson College of Pharmacy, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Louis Hunter, PT, DPT, Assistant Professor; Director, Experiential Learning and Global Initiatives, Jefferson College of Health Professions, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
  • Amy Szajna, PhD, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, Nursing, Jefferson College of Nursing, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Coffee Break
10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Presentation & Facilitated Discussion: Academia's Untapped Opportunities to Reduce Inequality
Hon. Keith Martin, MD, PC, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Panel & Facilitated Discussion: Global Partnerships for Global Learning
  • Anna M. Iacone, M.S., Assistant Vice President, Global Education in Medicine Services, ECFMG


  • Enhancing global exposure for medical and health professions students in Africa through partnerships - Anna M. Iacone
  • International Partnerships in Medical Education: Shaping Global Perspectives - Janette “Jenny” Samaan, PhD, Senior Director, Global Health Learning Opportunities, ‎Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • The Health Grand Challenges: Innovative approaches to engaging students and faculty in global health at Princeton University - Gilbert Collins, Director, Global Health Programs; Associate Director, Center for Health and Wellbeing, Princeton University
12:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Networking Lunch  
1:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Presentation: Detailing Expertise and Distributing Evidence to Address Inequities
& Facilitated Discussion: Engaging with Global Learning to Address Inequities in Global Health around the World

Rebecca Weintraub, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital; Associate Director, Harvard Global Health Institute; Faculty Director, Global Health Delivery Project, Harvard University
2:00 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Presentation & Facilitated Discussion: Controversies in Global Health Competencies: Definition and Assessment
Quentin Eichbaum, MD, PhD, MPH, MFA, MMHC, JD, FCAP, FASCP, Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology; Professor of Medical Education and Administration; Associate Director of Transfusion Medicine; Director, Transfusion Medicine Fellowship Program; Director, College Colloquium Course; Director, Vanderbilt Pathology Program in Global Health (VPPIGH); Director, Vanderbilt Pathology Education Research Group (VPERG); Affiliate Faculty, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health; Affiliate Faculty, Vanderbilt Center for Ethics and Society; Affiliate Faculty, Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2:45 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Conclusion: Summary and Next Steps
4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. NAFSA Plenary Address: Bill Nye

NAFSA thanks Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) for its generous support of this event.