Annual Lecture Prepares Students for Global Efforts
Heather Adams, from International SOS, discusses safety issues that students should be mindful of when traveling abroad.
In conjunction with Einstein's Global Health Fellowship Program, the Global Health Center instituted an annual pre-travel lecture three years ago that all students receiving a global health fellowship are required to attend. This year's lecture was attended by more than 50 students, reflecting the high number of students interested in participating in global health experiences.
During the lecture, students learned about international health and travel medicine, and heard from a representative of International SOS concerning safety and security while traveling abroad.
Students also took part in an interactive segment led by Dr. Matt Anderson focusing on the cultural implications of working in another country. They also enjoyed presentations given by second-year students, who offered advice culled from their travels last summer. And, they learned about the ethics of photography when abroad from a first-year student who shared her experience in the field.
The evening also featured representatives of Einstein's chapter of the Remedy Club, who spoke about their mission to collect and share medical supplies with low-resource countries, and how students can be part of that.
"Having this lecture before we start to head out on our projects was extremely helpful," said first-year student Stasha O'Callaghan. "It ensures that all us who will be going abroad this summer are aware of both the benefits and the limitations of conducting global health work. Though we'll be undertaking different projects, through our involvement in education and research, and by taking part in dialogue with individuals from societies different than our own, we hope to become better physicians who will be more accountable to the populations we'll serve."
Posted on: Tuesday, April 14, 2015