Global Health News and Events

Winter Holidays Around The World
A wide variety of multinational holidays are celebrated in different countries and cultures around the world throughout the month of December. This year, MUSC Center for Global Health interviewed several people around campus to learn more about their winter holiday traditions, and how holidays are celebrated in their home country. Check out their stories and read about a few holiday traditions celebrated in other countries that you may have never heard of! 
 
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Reflecting on Acute Malnutrition Management in Tanzania: Kristen Trickett
Expect the unexpected and keep an open mind" was the general advice that I received from various mentors, colleagues, and friends prior to departing for my international rotation in Arusha, Tanzania during the third year of my pediatrics residency. Little did I know, I would very quickly (almost immediately) learn the importance of heeding these wise words. It was my first medical mission trip abroad, and although I like to think that I did what I could to prepare, nothing can truly prepare you for the range of experiences and emotions packed into each and every day.
Q & A with Brian Elmore on his journey to global health and medical school
1. You have a very diverse background – from Clemson to the Peace Core and then MUSC. Tell me a little bit about your journey and what led you here?   
 
Occupational Therapy student reflection from San Jose, Costa Rica: Samantha Brophy
My team and I arrived in Costa Rica past midnight on a Saturday night and the airport was still bustling in the capital San Jose. As a group of 30 of us tried to stay together and collect all our baggage, including over 10 bins full of medical supplies, we eventually made it outside all together, then proceeded to wait. Our trip director was not worried about our bus driver being late as time is seen differently in Costa Rica. That was our first lesson about the culture in Costa Rica, do not expect to start on time.
MUSC medical student Shannon McGue receives prestigious Fulbright-Fogarty award to conduct cervical cancer research in Malawi
After gaining clinical research experience abroad, Shannon McGue, a College of Medicine student, will delay her fourth year of medical school to participate in a Fulbright-Fogarty fellowship to conduct cervical cancer research in Malawi. 
 
1. Your background demonstrates a strong commitment and passion to global health. When did you first become interested in Global Health? 
Physical therapy student reflection from Masindi, Uganda: Holly Knapp

In May 2019, I was given the opportunity to go to Masindi, Uganda to conduct the first ever wheelchair seating and mobility clinic. This trip helped me grow more than I ever imagined, both in my personal life and as a future clinician. I learned how to conduct various evaluations, I improved my communication skills through the use of a translator, and I learned how to adapt services provided based on the availability of resources. 

Reflecting on a clinical rotation in Tanzania: Cole Buchanan

Fourth year medical student Cole Buchanan shares his experience at a clinical rotation in Tanzania, and the value of global health on medical education.

Expanding the classroom: From MUSC to Tanzania with Ali Serpe

Alexandra “Ali” Serpe is a recent medical student graduate of MUSC. Hear what motivated her to become immersed in global health during medical school, and the impact of a one-month rotation experience in Tanzania as part of her fourth-year medical studies.

From the Peace Corp to medical school to Tanzania: Mac Segars

As a fourth-year medical student at MUSC, James “Mac” Segars had the chance to travel to Tanzania for a month-long global health rotation. Hear how his journey in the Peace Corps and global health led him to a path in medicine at MUSC.

Center for Global Health 2019 Travel Grant Finalists Announced
Allison Bossong, College of Health Professions 
Project: Text Message Based Health Education in Uganda
 
The use of mobile phone technology has introduced new possibilities to the healthcare of communities in low-and middle-income countries. Studies have shown that basic text messaging systems of standard mobile phones are proving to be of value to reducing barriers to care – such as long distances and lack of access – while making better use of existing but often limited human resources. 
 

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