On March 23, 2013, the Emory Global Health Institute held its seventh Emory Global Health Case Competition (EGHCC) and second international competition. Nearly 150 students from 24 universities from throughout the United States and three foreign universities participated in the event, which encourages working in a collaborative environment to address real-life global health challenges.
Over the past several years, Jill Raufman, program manager of Einstein's Global Health Center (GHC), has assembled multidisciplinary teams of students representing Yeshiva University to take part in the EGHCC. This year's team included Einstein medical students Arjun Seth, Lediana Goduni and Faraz Alizadeh, along with M.P.H. candidate Brian Schwartz and Cardozo law student Michelle Lopez.
Following the students' return from Atlanta, the GHC hosted a re-enactment of the presentation they prepared to address the competition's health case challenge: "Can Global Sanitation 2020 Contribute to China's Prosperity?" Before approximately a dozen Einstein faculty members and students, the team presented their ideas on formulating policies for the Chinese government to invest in sanitation programs at both home and overseas, while contributing to the country's overall economic development. The team also identified India as a probable investment area and offered comprehensive analysis on the sanitation issues prevalent in both nations, along with possible measures for countering them.
The presentation demonstrated the research and innovative thinking that the students were required to employ in order to identify strategies and recommendations to address.
"It was a great learning experience because it required me to think beyond medical school to a larger global health issue, and to work with a multidisciplinary team to address it," said Mr. Seth.
His views were echoed by teammate Lediana Goduni, who said, "It was fun to combine different perspectives on the same problem to arrive at a meaningful solution."
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