Global Health Scholars

Global Health Scholars

Gloabl Health Scholars in Internal Medicine In 2007, Washington University Department of Internal Medicine began providing international experiences in Bhutan and Eritrea to nurture residents with Global Health interests.

Dr. David Windus coordinated these educational experiences which were sponsored by Dr. Jack Ladenson. Residents participating in these rotations reported positive impact on their sensitivity to social and cultural factors that influence health outcomes. Sustained interest in these international experiences has led to the creation of Global Health Scholars in Internal Medicine. This program expands and formalizes global health education in our internal medicine residency.

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We are deeply sadden at the news of Dr. Carlos Mejía's passing. Dr. Mejía was an incredible person/doctor. We send our thoughts and prayers to Dr. Carlos Mejía's family and friends. Dr. Carlos Mejía was the Director of the Department of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala. This is a great loss to the medical and academic societies. He will truly be missed.

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Check out Dr. Joaquin Barnoya discussing the effects of obesity and the growing epidemic on CNN! Un nuevo reporte del ‘Imperial College de Londres’ revela que las bebidas dietéticas no son tan buenas como pensábamos para mantener un peso saludable. La doctora Azaret nos explica las…

Gladys Fisher, Guatemalan Dialysis Advocate, Visits Division - Division of Nephrology

We welcome Ms. Gladys Fischer! Gladys Fisher was first exposed to dialysis when her mother developed acute kidney failure. At the time, the dialysis unit...

WU, Guatemala recognized as ISN Sister Renal Center Pair - Renal Division The International Society of Nephrology recognizes Renal Division and the Instituto Guatemalteco de Suguridad Social as a Sister Renal Center Pair.

Please welcome Dr. Ever Olivie Cipriano and Dr. Carlos Eduardo Garcia Martinez to Washington University as they being their 4-week international elective rotation!

Prepared for Peril: Readiness and Recovery for Public Health Threats | Institute for Public Health

Register now for the 8th annual conference from the Institute for Public Health at Washington University, “Prepared for Peril: Readiness and Recovery for Public Health Threats.” This year’s conference will focus on public health threats of all kinds, from climate change and infectious disease outbreaks to natural disasters and civil unrest. We will look at preparing for threats, learning from past threats, protecting vulnerable populations from threats, and more. The confer…

Dr. Eduardo Gharzouzi presenting during the 2015 Global Health Week!

Otto Pérez Molina of Guatemala Is Jailed Hours After Resigning Presidency®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0 The decision to detain Mr. Pérez Molina is unprecedented in Guatemalan history and was a stunning conclusion to a day of swift change in the nation.

Cancer in Guatemala: A Low-Middle Income Country Perspective | Institute for Public Health Cancer in Guatemala: A Low-Middle Income Country Perspective September 23, 2015 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Danforth Univ Ctr. Rm. 234, Danforth Campus Get Directions for this event Guatemala is experiencing an increasing burden of cancer but lacks capacity for cancer prevention, control, and research. Surgica…

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Congrats to Winners of Global Health & Infectious Disease Presentation Awards | Institute for...

Congrats to Drs. Timothy Laux, Erick Herrera, Joaquin Baroya, and Marcos Rothstein! They won best resident poster at the recent IPH Global Health Symposium : A number of participants in the 2015 Global Health & Infectious Disease Symposium and Conference on April 9 & 10 received awards for their outstanding work.

Congratulations Drs. Laux & Rivera-Pineda, and Zickhur for presenting at CUGH in Boston, MA this past week!

Click here to support Dr. Juan Ramon Chalapoud Memorial by Basia Skudrzyk Najarro

A special memorial fund has been established for Dr. Juan Ramon Chalapoud to support his family during this very difficult time. For more details please view: Dr. Juan Ramon Chalapoud was an INCAN (International Cancer Institute in Guatemala) trainee and dynamic researcher on nasal t cell lymphoma. Dr. Juan Ramon was dedicated to building capacity and strengthening the research arm at INCAN with his colleagues in Guatemala. He died tragically while...

We would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the family members and friends of Dr. Juan Ramon Chalapoud and his colleagues at INCAN. Dr. Juan Ramon Chalapoud was an extraordinary physician and colleague from INCAN; so full of energy and good humor. He was full of passion, integrity and engaged in building research capacity in Guatemala. He will be greatly missed by everyone.

No hay palabras que pueden expresar la consternación que sentimos en estos momentos. Mandamos nuestro más sincero pésame.

Congratulations to Drs. Vincente Sanchez Polo, Timothy Laux, Erick Herrera and Ever Cipriano for participating in the annual ASN Conference in Philadelphia this week. Wishing you the best!

[10/09/14]   We welcome visiting nephrology fellow, Dr. Erick Herrera, to Washington University School of Medicine!

Our visiting resident observer, Dr. Bonilla from Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala, presented at resident report yesterday. He spoke about healthcare delivery at Roosevelt Hospital.

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Ebola: How Local Governments Can Respond | World Policy Institute

Dr. Rupa Patel is interviewed by the World Policy Journal on the growing concern of Ebola spreading globally: By Grant Olcott

The Global Health Career Panel is currently in progress until 7:30pm tonight. You can join us live at

Join us for the Global Health Career Panel on Monday, August 4th, It is a way to meet doctors from different organizations in global and public health. They will discuss the different skills needed for careers in global health and the different types of jobs and organizations in global and public health. And, on August 11th the Global Health Lecture Series will kick off @ 5:30 PM. Contact [email protected] for more details.

WUGI: Washington University Guatemala Initiative: Day 4: Celebrity Spotting

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WUGI: Washington University Guatemala Initiative: Day 4: Celebrity Spotting

Congrats to the WUGI students and their efforts in Guatemala:

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Drs. Cacace, McDonald and Zickuhr gave an excellent talk about their experiences in Guatemala today!

Check out tomorrow's Global Health noon conference. You can view it live here:

Guatemala Cancer Injustice Fight for Poor Women [Video] Thirty years ago, a cancer diagnosis was tantamount to a death sentence, worldwide, with mortality rates for breast cancer at 58 percent. Technological advances in diagnosis and treatment have sign...

Drs. Mejia and Ramirez from Hospital Roosevelt in Guatemala gave excellent talks today at the Global Health noon conference. To view them go to!

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Check out Qi Liu and Vicky Lai participating in this year's CUGH conference!

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Serving others during spring break | Newsroom | Washington University in St. Louis Washington University in St. Louis students traveled across the globe this spring break helping others.

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Washington University Medical School
St. Louis, MO

General information

The Global Health Scholars in Internal Medicine program is designed to expand global health education during residency, provide mentors and role models and create sustainable partnerships with global partners to improve care for the underserved. This program will increase residents’ awareness of global health systems, enhance understanding of the impact of culture and poverty on population health and foster skills for providing care in resource poor environments. Residents will also be able to pursue global health research.
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