Global Health News and Events

MUSC Center for Global Health announces 2015 Faculty Pilot Grant awardees

Four Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) faculty members, representing diverse disciplines, received Center for Global Health Faculty Pilot Grants of up to $20,000 for a 12-month period. These grants were offered through a competitive scoring process comparable to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientific peer review.

MUSC Center for Global Health awards seed funds every year to stimulate research in low and middle-income countries with the larger goal of enabling investigators to leverage preliminary findings and data to become the basis of a competitive extramural

Special MUSC Lecture - Surgeon Challenges in the Low Resource Environment: Working Through Systems and Quality in Africa

Ssebuufu Robinson, MD, FCS
Tuesday, June 9, 2015  at 4:00 p.m.

Drug Discovery Building, Room 110

Project OKURASE combats education, public health issues through new programs in Ghana

Project Okurase is changing the way both healthcare and education are utilized in rural Ghana, West Africa. Cynthia Swenson, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), co-directs Project OKURASE, a non-profit organization that addresses devastating effects of poverty, illness and a lack of clean water, infrastructure, medical care and education in a village of roughly 3,500 residents.

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MUSC team reflects on Emory University Global Health case competition

By Rahoul Ahuja

This past March, MUSC had the unique opportunity to partake in Emory’s Global Health Case Competition. The Case Competition gave students a significant global health issue to tackle—gun violence in Honduras, which is the 3rd leading cause of death in Honduras. Teams had one week to devise innovative and efficacious solutions to the problem, and would present them to judges at Emory. But here’s the catch: the teams had to comprise students from three different disciplines. MUSC’s team had three medical students, one occupational therapy student, one engineering

MUSC International Bazaar excites the senses

By J. Ryne Danielson

MUSC’s International Bazaar was held Thursday, April 23 in the horseshoe. The annual event celebrates the richness of cultures represented on MUSC’s campus with food, crafts and performances from around the world.

One hundred sixteen flags were arrayed around the Horseshoe. Of those, 86 represented students, faculty, or staff at MUSC.

Emcees for the event were Delia Voronca, a Public Health Sciences student from Romania, and Janina Wilmskoetter, a College of Health Professions student from Germany. The two are co-presidents of the

Where are we going? MUSC travel by the numbers

Registration of global travel by MUSC faculty, staff, trainees and students has increased markedly since the university and the Center for Global Health (CGH) implemented a mandatory international travel registration program in early 2014. MUSC recognizes the need for travel security and health safeguards to protect employees while they are in the field. In January 2014, MUSC adopted the

MUSC physicians consult cases to demonstrate power of telemedicine in Uganda, Honduras

On a rare occasion you might find a pediatrician, neurologist, dermatologist and emergency medicine physician meeting to provide in-suite case consultations. Rarer still is this assemblage of highly skill healthcare professionals working together to diagnose patients remotely at clinics in Honduras and Uganda simultaneously.  The Honduran and Ugandan clinics are roughly 2,985 and 7,397 miles from Charleston, respectively. Through the power of telemedicine the two clinics were brought within a stethoscope’s reach at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Nursing

Donors Cure gives biomedical researchers alternative funding source

Scientists are, as Albert Einstein described himself, “passionately curious” about breaking new ground in their respective fields. Characterizing new diagnoses for ophthalmologic disorders, treating Alzheimer’s and neurodegenerative disease with yoga, and new stroke treatments are but a few

MUSC women share stories of inspiration for International Women's Day 2015

“If society will not admit of a woman’s free development, then society must be remodeled.”
~Elizabeth Blackwell - the first woman to become a medical doctor in the US

International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world on March 8 to increase awareness for women’s equality; promote women in

MUSC medical student emphasizes confidence in physical exam skills

Students of medicine find themselves deferring to their physical exam skills less in the course of their medical career, and understandably so. The advent of advance diagnostics has created a schism in not only preference of test over clinical exams, but the total amount of time doctors spend with patients.

Whether they are in their third year of schooling or 20-year veterans, the physical exam seemingly becomes a lost art reinvigorated by necessity in an era of technological advances and innovation.  Eric Singhi, third year medical student at the Medical University of South