Global Networking: An Event Connects Students with Professionals
A group of professionals who lead global health programs at New York medical schools, public health schools, and organizations?including Einstein, NYU College of Global Public Health, NYU School of Medicine, Cornell Weill, Mount Sinai and Health Equity Initiative?teamed up to organize a global health networking event, held on Saturday, October 17, 2015, in Manhattan. The event tapped into the growing interest among students in pursuing a career in global health.
"We framed it as a networking event, rather than a job fair, since we wanted to offer students an opportunity to interact with individuals who have worked in the field and can speak about it knowledgeably," said Jill Raufman, program manager of Einstein's Global Health Center and director of the center's medical student global health programs.
Approximately 100 students turned out to rub elbows with nearly a dozen global health professionals representing international groups, including UNICEF, Médecins Sans Frontières, TB Alliance, Rabin Martin, GBC Health, Golin, Concern Worldwide, Doctors for Global Health, Earth Institute, and Global Health Corps. The students circulated among several round-table discussions set up throughout the room.
"There was lively discourse throughout the day, as speakers talked about their work amid small groups of students," noted Ms. Raufman. "This format allowed the students to listen to and chat with each of the guest speakers in a meaningful way."
Plans are underway to make the networking event annual. The event also led into Einstein's celebration of Global Health Week, which included a "student-faculty meet and greet," where students interested in working globally can meet faculty members who are involved with global health projects; a student-to-student panel discussion; and "Global Vision: The Einstein Community Abroad," a photo exhibit of images taken by Einstein's Global Health Fellowship students, which will be on view through late November.
(From left): Medical students Melissa Bhikham and Joanne Anthonypillai flank Jill Raufman, program manager of Einstein’s Global Health Center
(At right, center): Einstein faculty member Dr. Linea Capps, who is on the board of Doctors for Global Health, takes part in a round-robin discussion with medical students at the Global Health Networking event
Dr. Carol Harris, whose global health work is focused in Ethiopia, converses with Einstein students at the Student-Faculty Meet and Greet
Posted on: Tuesday, October 27, 2015