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Global Health Education Beyond the Global Health Experience

Fulbright Scholars

Drexel MD/PhD student Shawn Joshi received a Fulbright Scholarship to study the use of portable brain imaging to assess the extent of impact of developmental coordination disorder on motor cognition. He attended Oxford University and was mentored by Professor Helen Dawes at the Oxford Institute fo Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Research.
Learn more about Shawn's experience

Seyi Aderotoye received a scholarship through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, to study sickle cell disorder and genotype errors in Nigeria. The findings from this study successfully launched a discussion among the medical community in Lagos.
Learn more about Seyi's experience

Additional Global Health Training

Some students take their global health experiences a step further with additional time studying abroad.

Sebastien Trott took a leave of absence between his third and fourth years of the MD program to complete a master's in global health at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Learn more about his experience.

Global Health Student Publications

A Glimpse into the Care of Diabetic Patients in Tokyo, Japan Through the Educational Hospitalization Program
Hirotaka Nakagawa, Nielufar Varjavand, MD, and Yukiko Onishi, MD, PhD
The Journal of Global Health, Vol. 8, No. 1: Spring 2018
Read about Hirotaka's global health experience

Global Health Presentations at Discovery Day

Drexel Global Health students Jade Overton and Danielle Mensah with Nielufar Varjavand, MD

Global health students often share research they completed during their experiences at Discovery Day, the College of Medicine's annual day of research. Recent global health poster presentations have included:

Conference Presentations

At the 15th Annual Drexel Student Conference on Global Challenges on May 19, 2022, the College of Medicine was well-represented. Global health student Thayjas Patil presented "Access to and Interaction With German Mental Healthcare Services by Local Refugee Populations in Urban Settings: a Multi-case Study From Berlin." Benjamin Haslund-Gourley, Microbiology & PhD student, and Swaksha Rachuri, MD/PhD student, presented "Microgreens Employed as a Tool to Educate Patients About Prevention of Diet-Related Disease." View a recording of the session.

At Drexel's 13th Annual Drexel Student Conference on Global Challenges on February 27, 2020, two global health students gave oral presentations. Christiana Obeng spoke about her time in Lesotho; her talk was titled “Sustainability of WASH Infrastructure in Lesotho: Observations of Attitudes of the Basotho and Their Impact on Project Longevity.” Katherine Boyd presented “A Barrier Analysis Evaluating the Obstacles and Perceptions Regarding Handwashing at Critical Times in Chongwe, Zambia” about her time in Zambia. View a recording of the conference.

The 12th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges was held on February 28, 2109. Second-year MD student Margot Debrabandere presented “An Explorative Study Evaluating the Impact of World Vison Swaziland’s HIV prevention Program.” First-year MD student Kathleen Healey spoke about “Defining Professionalism in Medicine: The Ethics of Refugee Health Care.” Aleesha Shaik, fourth-year MD student, presented “Unbundling Maternal and Infant Mortality in South Asia.” Jessica Pawly, second-year MD student, presented “Linking Community Empowerment Programs and Social Change: A Case Study of Tostan International in Senegal.”

At the 11th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges, held on March 1, 2018, several global health students presented about their experiences. Roxanne Javadi attended to Geneva through the Duke Policy Program.  She presented "Mass Drug Administration for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Benefits Versus Risks for Global Health in the 21st Century." Alyssa Mezochow, who obtained a full scholarship through the CDC for research in Ghana, presented her poster on “Surveying HIV Healthcare in Western Ghana.” Nimretha Sandhu did a virtual internship with a startup company in India, where she developed their health content.  She presented her abstract, “International development of culturally specific reproductive health curriculum to develop lasting behavior change and improve health outcomes

Kelcie Lushefski and Kevin Priddy, fourth-year medical students, and Nielufar Varjavand, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of Global Health Education, authored an abstract, “The Brain Drain and Its Adverse Effects on Foreign Healthcare: A Firsthand Experience,” which was presented at the American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health Summit, held September 13-15, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida. The focus of their work was transnational migration of physicians, specifically physician emigration from South Africa and Sri Lanka, and its implications for the home countries. Based on their poster abstract, the group was also invited to give an oral presentation in a session called “Ideas Worth Sharing,” for which six abstracts with unique ideas were chosen.

Laura Roper, a third-year medical student, presented "First Responder Training in Kiburara, Uganda" as part of the global health panel at the 9th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges: Sustainability, held at Drexel on February 25, 2016. Roper visited Kiburara in 2010 for the first-responder pilot project.