NYC Health + Hospitals, St. George’s University Award Nearly $2 Million in “Citydoctors” Scholarships to NYC Students Committed to Practicing Primary Care in Public Health System

NYC Health + Hospitals President Dr. Ram Raju today announced 17 students who under the CityDoctors scholarship program will receive scholarships worth $1.8 million to attend St. George’s University School of Medicine. In return, the students have committed to give back to their communities by practicing primary care medicine in NYC’s public health system after completing their medical educations.

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“As our population ages, and as health care reform orients itself around a preventive care model, more primary care physicians will be sorely needed,” said Dr. Raju. “I call on other medical schools to work with the public health system to develop programs such as CityDoctors, which will expand access to primary and preventive care for the populations that need it most. Medical schools as well as health care providers have a moral and ethical obligation to create the physician workforce that will be needed in the future.”

“St. George’s is proud to support these students with a CityDoctors Scholarship and we congratulate them on their success,” said St. George’s University Chancellor Dr. Charles Modica. “Their commitment to practicing medicine in the City of New York provides them with a unique ability to have an impact not only on the health of individuals, but on the overall public health of the city.”

”Through the CityDoctors HHC Scholarship Program, these students have the opportunity to train and practice in the city they hold near and dear,” said Dr. G. Richard Olds, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. George’s University. “In doing so, they will follow in the footsteps of the SGU graduates who have given back to the city and to the people of New York by providing high-quality primary care.”

CityDoctors was launched in 2012 to help address the shortage of primary care physicians and to increase educational and career opportunities for local youth. The scholarship recipients have been selected based on their academic excellence and financial need, and will receive either partial or full scholarships to pay for medical school tuition for periods of up to four years, with some scholarships valued at more than $200,000 each.

The program has helped a total of 82 students from in and around NYC attend medical school on the equivalent of 38 full scholarships, and, in return, 152 years of needed primary care services have been committed to NYC’s health care system. In total, more than $11 million in medical school scholarships are expected to be awarded under CityDoctors.

The 2016 class of CityDoctors Scholarship Program recipients are a diverse group of women and men, representing all five boroughs. Many winners hold undergraduate degrees from prestigious institutions including Baylor University, New York University, Tulane University, and Johns Hopkins University. Scholarship recipients have done research, interned, and volunteered at various NYC hospitals including New York-Presbyterian, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, and those within the NYC public health system such as NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County and NYC Health + Hospitals/Sea View.

To be eligible for CityDoctors scholarship, students must fulfill all the requirements to be accepted to medical school and also meet at least one of the following criteria: graduated from a NYC high school; have five years of residency in NYC; have a parent employed by NYC Health + Hospitals or the City of New York; or be employed themselves by NYC Health + Hospitals or the City of New York for at least five years.

In return for their scholarships, for each equivalent year of tuition they receive each student has committed to provide one year of service as a primary care attending physician at one of 11 hospitals within the public health system. Several of the students have already completed part of the medical school educations, while others are beginning their studies this term.

The 2016 CityDoctors scholarship recipients are:

Name Residence  Scholarship Type Commitment to NYC Health + Hospitals
Adeniyi Adedotun Manhattan Full 4 years
Shelley Persaud Bronx Full 4 years
Fayeza Aliou Bronx Partial 2 years
Alice Basin New Jersey Partial 2 years
Tomasz Wasik Bronx Partial 2 years
Tania Kahn Queens Partial 2 years
Genna Pearl Queens Partial 2 years
Karen Lou Brooklyn Partial 2 years
Benjamin Kahn Manhattan Partial 2 years
Arafat Nasan Brooklyn Partial 1 year
Michelle Rivera Queens Partial 1 year
Kristen Roy Staten Island Partial 1 year
Shamriz Tamanna Queens Partial 1 year
Rasheedat Yussuf Staten Island Partial 1 year
Kandace LaMonica Bronx Partial 1 year
Vanessa Pierre-Louis Brooklyn Partial 1 year
Nadya Chowdhury Queens Partial 1 year

Bios and photos of the scholarship winners can be found at:
http://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/pressrelease/nyc-health-hospitals-president-dr-ram-raju-announces-citydoctors-medical-school-scholarships-for-17-students/

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has estimated that nationally there will be a shortage of approximately 20,000 primary care physicians by the year 2025. Research published in the Annals of Family Medicine suggests the shortfall may be more than double that. The AAMC says a reason for this shortage is primary care clinicians earn less than half of what the top two earning specialties make, and medical students often choose to enter the higher-paying specialties, rather than primary care, when faced with their medical school loans.

To apply for the CityDoctors scholarships, applicants must submit essays explaining how they will contribute to the health care of New York City using their attending position in primary care at a hospital within the NYC Health + Hospitals system. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit the CityDoctors website at www.citydoctors.com.

Published on 1/7/16

St. George’s University to Award $50,000 to Saint Barnabas Medical Center for its Simulation Center

St. George’s University is awarding a grant of $50,000 to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, in Livingston, NJ, to enhance the Center’s Regional Perinatal Simulation Center.

Opened in 2011, the Regional Perinatal Simulation Center is a learning laboratory designed to replicate various clinical scenarios.  It provides training and practice for    healthcare providers on how to react in rare and critical cases. A state-of-the-art mannequin responds much like a human patient during normal labor and delivery, as well as during obstetrical and other emergencies such as post-partum bleeding and cardiac arrest. The center focuses on improving teamwork and communication while training medical students, residents, nurses, physicians and EMTs.

The Simulation Center is set up like a real hospital room with the mannequin’s vital signs controlled via a computer. The room has cameras recording clinical scenarios as well as a two-way mirror allowing observers to provide immediate feedback on medical procedures that may include blood transfusions, urinary catherization, endotracheal intubation and anesthesia administration.

“We are delighted to provide this grant to an institution that upholds the highest standards of clinical education, “said Fred M. Jacobs, MD, JD, Chair, Department of Medicine and Executive Vice President, St. George’s University School of Medicine. “The training program at Saint Barnabas provides our students with experience under the guidance of excellent faculty using state-of-the-art equipment, and with whom we have had a long and mutually beneficial relationship.”

“The Regional Perinatal Simulation Center at Saint Barnabas will augment the quality and breadth of education our medical students have received from its clinical faculty over the years,” added Stephen Weitzman, MD, Dean, St. George’s University School of Medicine.  “By mimicking a wide range of critical care scenarios, the Simulation Center will prepare students to handle the array of cases they may face once they are physicians. Ultimately, this will lead to improved health care for the people of New Jersey since many of our students undergo their postgraduate training at Saint Barnabas and other New Jersey hospitals prior to practicing in New Jersey.”

“The grant from St. George’s will be enormously helpful as we currently are expanding our simulation capacity and curriculum,” said Richard C. Miller, M.D., Medical Director of the Regional Perinatal Simulation Center and Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “The immense impact the Simulation Center has is not only on novice learners. We can create complex clinical events that challenge even the most experienced physicians, nurses, and community first responders, allowing them to practice rare but critical procedures repeatedly, resulting in improved safety for patients.”

Published on 1/5/16

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2015 Take Oath of Professional Commitment at White Coat Ceremony

Veterinary students brimming with excitement donned their white coats at the Fall 2015 White Coat Ceremony at St. George’s University and recited the Oath of Professional Commitment, symbolizing their entry into the veterinary profession.

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Having once sat where they are now, alumnus and Master of Ceremonies, Dr. Patrick Flynn, SGU DVM ’06, knew exactly how the matriculating class felt and counseled them to make the most of this opportunity. “As with your veterinary education, the sum of your career can only equal the effort you are willing to give and the sacrifices you are willing to make. Through the highs and lows you must always remember how truly blessed you are to be given the honor of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine,” Dr. Flynn said. “You’re blessed because you will be able to make a difference in the world; your actions and your conduct while performing them will have the power to change the lives of your patients and the people associated with them.”

Dr. Flynn’s sentiments were echoed by Dr. Allen Pensick, Provost of St. George’s University, who welcomed and congratulated the students. “The world needs more trained veterinarians, and by taking the oath tonight, you pledge your commitment to doing what’s needed to make things better for everyone.”

The Provost also took the opportunity to introduce, Dr. Richard Olds, the founding Dean at University of California Riverside Medical School and first-ever President and Chief Executive Officer at St. George’s University. Dr. Olds shared a brief history of the White Coat Ceremony, noting its association with the medical profession, the nursing profession, dentists, and many others in the healing arts. He also spoke of society’s earlier need for medicine to be guided by the scientific method, thus the white coat is also a lab coat.

“The purpose of the White Coat Ceremony is to remind you that, from the very first day you are involved as a health professional and you don the white coat, you also assume a great responsibility for your behavior,” Dr. Olds said. “How you carry yourselves, how you interact with people, with your patients, and with those you are attempting to help is a responsibility that will stay with you throughout your entire professional career.”

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Dr. Clark Fobian, Immediate Past President for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and member of its Executive Board, gave the keynote address where he shared a study which professed that doctors who wore their white coats were rated 15 percent higher in competency, knowledge, and clinical skills by their patients than those who did not. He discarded his own jacket in favor of a crisp white coat to emphasize his point.

“You are coming into a family, not just a profession,” said Dr. Fobian. “There are approximately 100,000 veterinarians currently practicing in the US. That may sound unimpressive, but the impact that veterinarians have on their communities and on society far exceeds those numbers.”

St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine was first established in August 1999, followed six years later by the installation of the first international chapter of Phi Zeta National Veterinary Honor Society on campus, the Alpha Delta Chapter. In September 2011, the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education announced its full accreditation of the St. George’s University Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program for seven years. The School of Veterinary Medicine continues to strive toward being leaders in providing veterinary knowledge and technology, while expanding its curriculum and adding new state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms.

 

St. George’s University Builds Teaching Excellence

Teachers teach, right? They are trained and they know what to do. This is not always true. Professors have an enormous grasp of their subject matter, but in the 21st century, the plethora of learning styles and teaching tools have identified a need for training teachers in order to be able to reach all students with all the teaching platforms.

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SGU is one of the few universities to devote energy and resources on this type of training. The Department of Educational Services (DES) at St. George’s University promotes excellence through academic development and support services for students—but its outreach doesn’t stop there. Their innovative and highly popular Let’s Talk Teaching series focuses on faculty development.

“The idea of the Let’s Talk Teaching series is to fill the gap between being content experts and being expert teachers,” said Dr. Bill Blunt, DES Deputy Director and the University’s Director of Faculty Development. “Any one member of faculty influences many hundreds of students, so helping just one faculty member strengthen their teaching has a huge impact on our students.” The series clarifies what is “good teaching” in higher education, and addresses how students learn, how to structure lectures, labs, tutorials, courses, and curricula using technology, evaluating effectiveness of teaching, developing higher order critical thinking, and reliably assessing learning.

Faculty members are excited about the well-attended Let’s Talk Teaching series. “I find the seminars extremely valuable because of the interesting and thought-provoking topics,” says Dr. Amy Baldwin, Associate Professor of Microbiology who has both attended and presented at the series. “We are all here to teach, so having a series that focuses on teaching is noteworthy. As professors, we are always looking for new and better ways to teach.” She notes that camaraderie is an added benefit: “The sessions are supportive in an emotional way. It is easy to get caught up in your specific subject and department, but there is a lot of strength, value and insight when we all come together in this way.” She says the sessions help the faculty to be well-rounded and provide a steady reminder to practice student-focused teaching.

Dr. Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor and Deputy Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, an attendee and former presenter, extols the merits of the series. “Let’s Talk Teaching is an opportunity for educators to discuss and explore the discipline of education. Our diverse faculty lends itself well to these discussions as their wide range of backgrounds can offer unique insights into techniques, providing participants with a distinctive learning experience. We have the opportunity to learn from each other’s experience and apply new techniques that have worked well in the classroom and lab. “

Visiting professors and resident faculty members pitch in to assist Dr. Blunt in delivering the sessions. Each semester, the series reintroduces the basics of teaching and covers several topics geared at introducing new ideas and encouraging faculty to take new initiatives in teaching. A theme is chosen each term and topics include teaching and assessment strategies, professional and organizational development, community building, leadership and technology.

The Education Computing Team led by Dr. Avril Best is also instrumental in faculty development, providing an important complement to the Let’s Talk Teaching series with seminars on the effective use of technology in education.

Instituted 12 years ago, and held twice each week, the Let’s Talk Teaching series has had impressive success. “Our attendance rate illustrates that the faculty are enjoying these sessions, and finding them useful,” Dr. Blunt said, referring to SGU’s more than 150 faculty who participate in the series each semester. “The best proof, however, may be our students and graduates, who continue to achieve impressive results on licensing exams and to pursue successful careers after graduating from St. George’s.”

SGU Student Takes First Place in American College of Physicians Competition

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A research poster on medical overuse to treat headaches assembled by St. George’s University clinical student Tanvir Kahlon took first prize in the medical student category at the 2013 American College of Physicians (ACP) Michigan Chapter Scientific Meeting, held at Shanty Creek Resorts in Bellaire, MI, in October.

“Those on the judging team are all in academia, and for them to recognize my work as something important to the medical field is a great feeling,” said Ms. Kahlon, who is currently rotating at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. “This topic may have resonated with the judges because it’s a widely applicable case that is overlooked so frequently. It’s important to address because patients with chronic pain are often disregarded as drug-seeking patients.”

Her presentation, “Considering Medical Overuse Headache with an Underlying Etiology of Headache,” was selected from hundreds of abstracts submitted for the meeting. It stemmed from the treatment of a female patient at St. John in 2012, Ms. Kahlon’s first clinical year. The patient was in her 30s and experiencing chronic headaches, a predicament that had been addressed both medically and surgically with the insertion of a shunt to drain spinal fluid. Despite continued medical intervention, the headaches persisted. Ms. Kahlon met with the patient and learned that she had been taking analgesics too frequently and a long-acting opiate only intermittently. When her pain medication prescription was lessened and taken correctly, the headaches subsided.

“She responded very well,” Ms. Kahlon said. “All she needed was supportive care and for someone to talk to her about pain management and the side effects of pain medicine.”

Ms. Kahlon was born and raised in India before she and her family moved to Michigan when she was 13. At the University of Michigan, she earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science, but medicine didn’t enter the picture until she began taking care of her ill grandmother.

“My grandparents contributed a lot to my life and my education, and through taking care of her, I wanted to pursue medicine and I began looking for where I could pursue that dream,” she said. “SGU was the perfect option.”

Ms. Kahlon took advantage of the wealth of international opportunities at SGU, completing selectives in Kenya and India, and attending conferences in Canada, Denmark, and India as a member of SGU’s International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFSMA) chapter. Ms. Kahlon credits the IFSMA experiences with helping her gain confidence when presenting to large audiences, confidence she drew on when speaking at the ACP conference.

Now in her final year, she looks forward to starting an internal medicine residency in the Midwest upon graduating next June.

“It has been a great experience,” Ms. Kahlon said. “SGU has prepared me not only from a knowledge standpoint but in helping me become a well-rounded person and clinician.”

SGU’s Research Institution Joins International Team of Medical Virologists Targeting Global Threats

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St. George’s University and the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) officially pledged their support of the Global Virus Network (GVN) at September’s annual GVN meeting in Moscow, Russia, with a donation of $100,000 to support the collaboration. GVN is dedicated to identifying and addressing global threats, performing international collaborative research, and training young medical students and virologists to do the same.

“This is a perfect example of a partnership that will benefit all parties, as WINDREF will benefit from IHV’s deep expertise in viruses such as HIV and HTLV – which directly affect Grenada, and from GVN’s global reach to expertise in these and all other viruses,” said Dr. Robert Gallo, Co-Founder and Scientific Director of GVN and Director of IHV. “At the same time, GVN and IHV will benefit from WINDREF’s provision of unique research opportunities and St. George’s University’s worldwide base of alumni physicians and researchers.”

“We are excited by the partnership as partnerships in research and educational are essential when pursuing excellence in these areas,” added Dr. Calum MacPherson, Vice Provost for International Program Development, Dean of Research, and Director of WINDREF.

The purpose of the collaboration is to support a range of activities aimed at reducing the burden of disease from viruses facing Caribbean nations. Of the partnership, Dr. Charles Modica, Chancellor and Co-Founder of St. George’s University, said, “We are excited to join forces with the IHV and GVN to address viruses, such as Human T Cell Leukemia Virus (HTLV) that disproportionately affect populations in the Caribbean.”

Over the next three months, GVN, IHV, WINDREF, and SGU will develop an action plan on outreach activities and training opportunities for future medical virologists. The first joint activity includes a workshop for journalists on current viral challenges. The workshop aims to bring virologists and journalists from the Caribbean region together in an academic setting and will be hosted on the SGU campus. Expected lecturers include GVN members from SGU, IHV, and the Karolinska Institute.

“We want to empower people with understanding of viruses so that they can protect themselves and their families from infections. Journalists are key in this initiative,” said GVN President Sharon Hrynkow.

About Global Virus Network (GVN)
The Global Virus Network (GVN) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, comprised of leading medical virologists from more than 20 countries. The GVN’s mission is to combat current and emerging pandemic viral threats through international collaborative research, training the next generation of medical virologists, and advocacy. For more information, contact Nora Grannell at ngrannell@gvn.org and visit www.gvn.org. Follow us on Twitter @GlobalVirusNews.

About Institute of Human Virology (IHV) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Formed by co-founders Dr. Robert Gallo, Dr. William Blattner, and Dr. Robert Redfield in 1996 as a partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System, IHV is an institute of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is home to some of the most globally recognized and world renowned experts in all of virology. The IHV is the first center in the United States to combine the disciplines of basic research, epidemiology and clinical research in a concerted effort to speed the discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for a wide variety of chronic and deadly viral and immune disorders – most notably the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

Global Virus Network and Institute of Human Virology Awarded $100K from the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation

Public Health in Rural Communities: Keynote Address in Thailand

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Dr. Omur Cinar Elci, Professor and Chair of St. George’s University’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM), delivered a keynote address at the annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) in November of in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Dr. Elci and other presenters spoke to the theme “Rural & Community-Based Health Care: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century.”

Using the example of successful DPHPM projects like the Grenada nutmeg project and presenting the model of public health education implemented at SGU, Dr. Elci addressed a multinational audience on transforming the future through public health training.

“The model of public health implemented at SGU is not a difficult one,” he said. “It is student-oriented and created in close collaboration with the community we serve so that we can prioritize the community’s immediate public health needs. Attempts to use a cookie-cutter approach to implement projects from the developed to the developing world are often doomed to failure.”

Dr. Elci, who was recently appointed to the board of directors for Global Health through Education, Training and Service (GHETS), has 26 years of public health, epidemiology, and occupational health field experience and over 15 years of research and teaching experience, including funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Under his leadership, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine continues to deliver successful programs that enhance public health in Grenada and the wider Caribbean region.

A non-governmental organization, The Network: TUFH is a global network of individuals, institutions and organizations committed to improving the health of the people and their communities. It has played an important role in fostering community-oriented innovations leading to curriculum reforms in education institutions around the globe.

St. George’s Partnership Opens Door for Franklin Pierce Alum to Pursue MD

Craig Weeks is turning his lifelong dream of becoming a doctor into reality through a partnership between his alma mater, Franklin Pierce University, and St. George’s University.

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Since September 2011, Franklin Pierce students have had the opportunity to enroll in a program that enables them to pursue a career in medicine at SGU upon successful completion of their undergraduate premedical program at Franklin Pierce. The agreement is one of nearly 20 international affiliations with undergraduate institutions leading to a pathway to either the SGU School of Medicine or School of Veterinary Medicine.

Mr. Weeks, who obtained his Bachelor of Science in biology from FPU in 2006, was one of the first FPU graduates to continue his medical career at SGU. Now a fourth-year MD student doing his clinical rotations at St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, Mr. Weeks, is a strong advocate for the affiliation, and even delivered a presentation on it to science students at Franklin Pierce last spring. He believes that he has been very well prepared for this phase of his medical education by SGU and FPU.

“Franklin Pierce teaches students to think rather than memorize and regurgitate, and at SGU, you do a lot of self-guided learning,” Mr. Weeks said. “This really prepares you for clinical rotations and your career in medicine. I’ve always been fascinated by science and medicine. The field constantly evolves and advances and there are always new things to learn.”

Coming into SGU, Mr. Weeks optimized his international experience by joining the University’s Keith B. Taylor Global Scholars Program (KBTGSP), in which SGU students spend their first year of the MD program at Northumbria University in the UK.

“It is great to be exposed to so much diversity,” he said. “You learn about communicating with people from different cultures, as well as relevant health care issues in your classmates’ home countries.”

Practical Veterinary Dentistry Continuing Education Conference at St. George’s University

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Alumni of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine (SGUSVM) and veterinarians from around the world gathered at St. George’s University in September for the Practical Veterinary Dentistry Continuing Education (CE) Conference covering the importance of oral health for animals.

The main presenter, Dr. Johnathon Robert Dodd, Clinical Professor with the Department of Small Animal Clinical Science at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, noted that oral health is sometimes overlooked, but stressed its importance as an indicator of general health and the overall well-being of animals.

“We recognize that as you begin taking care of a pet’s oral condition, their health drastically improves,” he said. “In the last 20 years we have been doing a better job at keeping the oral cavity healthy – in both pets and humans. Our pets are living longer, as are we, in part because of good preventative dental care.”

Dr. Dodd honed in on the need for keeping oral health exams as part of routine office visits by highlighting the prevalence of periodontal diseases. “ The rate of dental disease is about 80 percent for dogs and 70 percent for cats. By the time a dog is 3, it’s likely that the animal will show some form of dental disease. ”

According to Dr. Gregory Wybern, Director of Continuing Education within the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. George’s University, “These CE conferences allow our alumni and other veterinarians to expand their knowledge while raising the bar for veterinarians around the world. It’s an added benefit that participants at this conference are awarded eight AAVSB-approved credits toward their continuing education.”

The objective of the Practical Veterinary Dentistry Continuing Education (CE) Conference was to familiarize participants with current diagnostic and treatment modalities in the practice of small animal dentistry. Instructional course included presentations on various stages of periodontal disease, oral pathology, basic prophylaxis techniques and dental radiography were presented throughout the conference.

SGU Announces Dates for 2014 One Health One Medicine Caribbean Conference

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St. George’s University (SGU) embraces the philosophy of “One Health One Medicine” – that the wellbeing of all animal species, including humans, are interrelated, and that knowledge gained in one species benefits the others. Scientists at SGU will further analyze the convergence of human, animal, and ecosystem health at the second annual One Health One Medicine Caribbean Conference, which will take place from March 14-16, 2014, on the True Blue campus.

“This meeting,” said Dr. Calum Macpherson, vice provost for international program development and director of research at St. George’s University, “ will bring together scientists from public health, veterinary and human medicine, bioethics, climatology and agricultural and animal sciences to address the global health problems we are facing in an increasingly interconnected world. ”

The conference will be addressed by, amongst others, Dr. Donald T. Simeon, the deputy director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and senior lecturer in biostatistics at the University of the West Indies, as well as Dr. Dennis Trent, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) and former deputy director and chief of the molecular biology branch within the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases.

The first One Health One Medicine Caribbean Conference attracted by more than 150 participants, including scientists and scholars from Guyana, Trinidad, the United States, and Grenada, as well as 20 scholarly presentations. Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, Guyana’s Minister of Agriculture, delivered the keynote address, speaking on the critical need for integrating health and agriculture. Minister Ramsammy is uniquely placed to speak on this topic as he is the former Minister of Health in Guyana, a post he held for more than a decade.

For more information on the 2014 One Health One Medicine Caribbean Conference, visit sgu.edu/onehealth or contact Ms. Riba R. David at rrdavid@sgu.edu or 473-444-4175 ext. 3373.
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Dr. Macpherson’s book, coedited with Francois Meslin (WHO, Switzerland) and Alex Wandeler (CFIA, Canada) “Dogs, Zoonoses and Public Health,” examines the relationship between veterinary and human medicine, microbiology, parasitology, and public health. The second edition, released in February 2013, includes new chapters on the human-dog relationship and its benefits, as well as non-infectious disease issues humans share with dogs.