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Global Health Institute Awards Faculty and Staff Travel Grants

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute (GHI) has awarded four travel grants to faculty and staff members of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.


Six total grants were awarded to Global Health Institute affiliates to support international travel related to educational or research activities, including development of global health courses, initiation of field experiences and field research which pertain to the institute's mission.


Preference was given to proposals that address important global health issues, have an interdisciplinary focus, have potential for ongoing relationships with the host site and offer tangible educational or research benefits.


The review panel selected the following submissions from the School of Medicine and Public Health.


Douglas Dulli, MD, professor, Department of Neurology; Ethiopia


Project: “We are establishing a neurology clinical and teaching rotation at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in coordination with the Ethiopia-Medical Education Partnership Initiative and the UW ACGME Global Health. We plan to have two of our senior neurology residents rotate there in October 2013, and this award will be used to fund an exploratory/organizational trip in May to collaborate with the AAU Neurology faculty. I have been in communication with their faculty neurologists, and have made plans to set up our residents' training, as well as teaching and lecture activities for both UW and AAU residents.”


Mark Lucarelli, MD, FACS, professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Services; Director, Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service; Mexico

Project: “In January, 2013, our team will travel to Clinica Pena de Horeb in rural Chiapas, Mexico, to advance the ongoing partnership with the UW Division of International Ophthalmology. There, alongside several other surgical teams from the United States and Mexico, we will provide oculoplastic surgery to patients with eyelid, tear duct, and ocular disorders. This trip provides educational opportunities for Clinica Pena de Horeb’s two full-time physicians and their staff and emphasizes local capacity-building.”


Mark Petrovani, MD, clinical assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine; Belize


Project: “I will be using the award to defray the cost of my anticipated trip to Southern Belize to take over responsibility for the ongoing relationship between the UWSMPH and the Hillside Clinic, which is in its tenth year of providing free health care to the people of this impoverished region. My main goal is to continue the strong participation of our medical students in this excellent international rotation and to provide mentorship to these students both here at home and while in-country in Belize. I would further like to get an understanding of the needs of the community served by the clinic in order to spearhead a coordinated effort by all of the entities here at the UW who are involved in providing service to this clinic. My ultimate goal would be to harness the diverse resources and talents available here at the university to help provide an interdisciplinary and sustainable service to this population.”


James Svenson, MD, associate professor, Department of Medicine; Zambia

Project: “This award will be used to explore the possibility of establishing a training program in emergency medicine in Zambia. Based on the success of the Ethiopian twinning model and at the request of Zambian government officials, we hope to establish the groundwork to outline a viable project and make a formal funding proposal for a similar twinning program.”

Date Published: 01/24/2013

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