MSIH match results are in, and 100% of the members of the class of 2012 who entered the US National Residency Matching Program have been selected for residency programs across the United States. Nearly 58% of the 2012 MSIH Match placements were with residency programs that had accepted a MSIH graduate in the past. 26% of this cohort will do their residency in Internal Medicine.
Overall, the NRMP reported a 95% match rate for US seniors, and a 49.1% match rate for US citizens students of international medical schools. The 2012 match was the largest in its history, with over 38,000 individuals applying for 26,000 positions. Click here to view all residency placements from 2002-12.
Highlights of the match include:
Rachel Barney (seen at left with MSIH Director Richard Deckelbaum, MD), has been accepted to the Emergency Medicine-Family Medicine residency program at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware. This sub-specialty of Emergency Medicine only offered four spots in two programs in the United States, and Ms. Barney’s global health training has prepared her to work in this emerging field of medicine. Ms. Barney is a 1995 Columbia University graduate with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and was formerly a United States Marine Corps helicopter pilot. She was first exposed to the healthcare field while working as a New York City emergency medicine technician in 1993.
Andrew Lind is a former Peace Corps volunteer, who worked as a public health officer in Fiji for two years prior to entering the MSIH. A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a degree in Neuroscience and East Asian Studies, Andrew has placed in the General Surgery residency program at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.
Prakash Ganesh, a native of British Columbia, Canada with a degree in Physics from the University of California at Riverside, will do his residency training in Family Medicine at Case Western University Hospital’s Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Case Western’s Family Medicine program offers a Global Health training track, and residents are able to work with medically underserved patients at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland and Care Alliance Health Center. Cleveland’s inner city is designated as a Health Provider Shortage Area by the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
Megan Straughan, former chair of the MSIH student council and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in 2009, has been selected for the General Surgery residency program at the University of South Carolina’s Greenville Hospital System.
Ms. Straughan, a graduate of Grinnell College with a degree in Chemistry, has just returned from her eight-week global health clerkship in Nepal, where she worked in the Emergency Medicine outpatient department of Patan Hospital in Kathmandu.
Matthew Patchett will be relocating from his native Utah to New York City, as he has been selected by the Internal Medicine department at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, an affiliate of Columbia University Medical Center. Matthew will be joined by fellow classmates Louisette Soussan, Zubin Udwadia, and Christopher Gasho, MD ('11), who have all placed in Internal Medicine together. Mr. Patchett is a graduate of Southern Utah University, with a degree in Biology, and became interested in global health while working as a medical interpreter and volunteering at a free medical clinic during his undergraduate education.
After completing residency training, alumni are expected to make significant contributions to global health through clinical work, policy development and medical education. A ten-year longitudinal study of the global health activities of alumni in the first five graduating classes found that over 71% were involved in one or more areas of global health. To view the news release on this study, click here.
3.22.12 - 2012 residency match results are in! 100% of the members of the class of 2012 who entered the United States Residency Matching Program (NRMP) have been selected for residency programs across the United States, with another student placing in Canadian residency match.
Match highlights include Katherine Horan, MPH, who will graduate this May. She has been selected by the Department of Pediatrics residency program at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Ms. Horan, a graduate of McGill University with a degree in Hispanic Languages, is a native of Massachusetts who completed her masters of public health at Boston University’s School of Public Health.
Fourth-year medical students Prakash Ganesh (in photo, on the left) and Namita Rokkam (at right), are shown celebrating the Hindu holiday, Holi (the festival of colors) while taking their eight-week global health clinical clerkship in Sevagram, India. Mr. Ganesh has been accepted by the Family Medicine residency program at Case Western University Hospital’s Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Ms. Rokkam will begin her residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in the Department of Pediatrics after graduation.
Full details will be available next week. Click here to view the 2012-02 residency placements.
3.15.12 - MSIH Professor of Immunology and Biochemistry presents lecture at Columbia University Medical Center’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Eli C. Lewis, PhD (seen at left), director of the Clinical Islet Laboratory at Ben-Gurion University (BGU), and an MSIH immunology and biochemistry professor, discussed his research on Protection of Pancreatic Islets in Mice and Humans in the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center to faculty and students at Columbia University Medical Center.
Dr. Lewis’ research focuses on the impact of alpha-1 (AAT) on islet cells and how it could be used to treat diabetes. His publication, one of nearly thirty, Alpha-1 antitrypsin gene delivery reduces inflammation, increases T-regulatory cell population size and prevents islet allograft rejection was published in the June 2011 edition of the journal Molecular Medicine, and elaborates on the use of AAT to interfere with disease progression in mice.
His lab interests are varied: besides islet transplantation, he is also studying immune tolerance, T regulatory cells, anti-inflammation, and more. Visit his website at by clicking the link here or copying and pasting http://web.mac.com/eli.c.lewis/Clinical_Islet_Lab/Lab_Interests.html to view his complete research interests.)
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 345 million people worldwide have diabetes. This number is likely to double by 2030 without intervention; nearly 80% of diabetes deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
MSIH students benefit from Dr. Lewis’ training as a physician (he took four of the six years of medical school required in Israel), as well as his expertise in the research lab, where several MSIH students work every year. Dr. Lewis incorporates the use of multi-media in his lectures, and expects the students to come prepared to interact; “I don’t lecture to zombies,” Dr. Lewis explained, “I want to hear from the students.”
Faculty exchange is one of the ways that BGU and Columbia University Medical Center collaborate, bringing leading experts to lecture to faculty and staff. The integrative global health curriculum at the MSIH ensures that students receive instruction on global health issues even while studying the basic sciences.
3.15.12 - Canadian Global Health Expert Delivers Lecture Series at the Medical School for International Health
Dr. Robert Huish visited the Medical School for International Health in February to deliver a series of lectures on global health subjects to third-year medical students during the MSIH’s International Workshop Week. His presentation Global Health and The Social Determinants of Health: Demystifying Medical Knowledge Through Cross-Cultural Contexts, incorporated lectures on the social determinants of health, health promotion and disease preventition in Cuba, strategies for global health outreach in resource-poor settings, and two practicum on these topics.
Dr. Huish is an associate professor in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University, where he teaches courses on Global Health, Poverty and Human Rights, Development and Activism. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the MSIH, and very popular with students, due to his wide range of experiences and the fact that his lectures require active participation from the audience.
Lecturers like Dr. Huish are an integral part of the global health curriculum, bringing fresh insight into the issues surrounding health care for underserved populations worldwide. (click here or on the photo to watch a brief video of Dr. Huish's lecture.)
3.1.12 - This just in from Yoav Tal, MD ('10), who has been supervising the MSIH office election process this year: The votes are in and we have successfully elected the MSIH Alumni Association's inaugural Officers. This process began last fall when a team of dedicated alumni helped organize a successful working meeting and symposium in New York. This week the election results came in and the list of officers are: President: Brian Neese ('05) Acting Immediate Past President: Joe Sakran ('05 ) Treasurer: Yoav Tal ('10) Secretary: Melissa Dawalt Klein ('05) Communications Officer: Olga Charnaya (10) At-Large Voting Members: Miriam Rahav ('08) Erica Spatz ('03) Jordann Loehr ('10) I would like to take a minute to thank Pamela Cooper for all of her help organizing the elections. While I was tasked by the working group in November with organizing the elections, when I was nominated myself, I required an extra "supervisor," so that the elections could be open and fair. Pamela has done a tremendous job helping us through this process and deserves our gratitude. Thank you. I am sure you will be hearing from the Alumni Association leadership in the near future. For now, however, congratulations and I look forward to seeing you at our next Alumni event. Sincerely, Yoav Tal, MD ('10)
Four second-year medical students at the MSIH did not spend their short summer break catching up on sleep or visiting family, but in service to medically underserved populations in Santiago, Chile, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Queens, New York and Denver, Colorado.
Jess Wilson, a graduate of the University of Chicago and former Peace Corps volunteer, is the current president of the American Medical Student Association chapter at MSIH. She worked for Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program as a Trip Leader in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she led fifteen volunteers who built two houses for families affected by HIV/AIDS. She then visited Thailand, where she attended an international surgery conference sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons in Thailand. (Jess Wilson, far left, with family who received a newly-built home in Cambodia.)
Maayan Melamed, who was born in Haifa, Israel and grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. Maayan is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer; she volunteered in the Dominican Republic with local health groups on HIV/AID prevention and other health-related topics. Last summer she participated in an internship at the Choices Women’s Medical Center in Queens, New York. She rotated through all the departments in the center, including gynecology, counseling, sonography, and surgery. Located in one of the most diverse areas in the country, Queens, New York holds the record for the most languages spoken anywhere in the United States (138), with nearly 25% of the population speaking Spanish at home.
Alma Cruz headed to Santiago, Chile to volunteer with a clinical exchange program run by the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. Alma, who received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology and her MSPH from Tulane University, is a native of Metairie, Louisiana, and came to the MSIH after working as a program coordinator in the Global Health Initiative Department at New York University’s College of Nursing. She did a month-long internal medicine rotation at the Universidad Andres Bello working directly under Carolina Herrera, MD, head of the Internal Medicine department. (Alma Cruz, with fellow medical students in Santiago, Chile)
And Claire Gahm, a graduate of the University of Richmond, grew up in Colorado and spent her summer doing public health research on three separate projects in Denver, Colorado at the University of Colorado. One project focused on current pediatric and family practice vaccination issues, with data gathered from surveys and the Centers for Disease Control. Another project was an oral health project targeted at the underserved Hispanic community in Denver. This was a collaboration of health care personnel and practitioners around the Denver region, with the intent to improve the “Cavity Free at Three program”.
A critical aspect of the admissions process at the MSIH is to select students whose have demonstrated an interest in volunteerism and a commitment to working with underserved populations.
2.9.12 Second-year medical students spend summer working with underserved populations to enhance their global health training.
Medical School for International Health’s global health curriculum prepares medical students for summer volunteer projects in sites throughout the world
2.8.12 Ten year study of Global Health activities yields impressive results
Research on alumni at the Medical School for International Health presented at the Global Health Education Consortium’s annual meetings
2.8.12 - The MSIH's new 2012-13 brochure has now arrived, with comprehensive information about the global health curriculum, the mission, admissions and accepted student information, and residency placements. Click here to view the interactive pdf, with links to websites, publications and video to enhance the information.
Global Health Forum presents Dr. Arvind Kasthuri of MSIH affiliate St. Johns Medical College
Dr. Ken Shulman lectures on mental health and dementia to medical students from the Medical School for International Health
BGU President Rivka Carmi, MD addresses medical students pursuing careers in global health
Georgetown University professor Dr. Aviad Haramati delivers physiology lectures to medical students pursuing careers in global health
Three second-year medical students at the Medical School for International Health receive travel grants to participate in global health conference
1.9.12 - Dr. Rivka Carmi, President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, presented the special lecture A Woman in Medicine, a Woman Dean, a Woman President: How to Break Through the Glass Ceiling - Without Being Cut to MSIH medical students who have just returned back to campus after winter break. Dr. Carmi, a pediatrician and geneticist, is the first Israeli woman to be appointed president of an Israeli university, and is the recipient of a number of honors, including the 2008 Women of Distinction Award of the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization of America and a 2010 Honorary Fellowship bythe Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
12.18.11 - Dr. Arvind Kasthuri, (seen eighth from right, behind his wife Kavitha), Department Head of Community Health at St. Johns Medical Center, and Head Coordinator of the St. Johns site where fourth-year students may take their global health clinical clerkship, delivered the lecture Primary Health Care and the Elderly - experiences from St. Johns Medical College in Bangalore, India. Dr. Kasthuri spoke about the demographic imperative of aging, which is normally associated with developing countries but is becoming a challenge in India.
12.16.11 - McGill University's Medicine Focus has just published an article on MSIH-CU Director Richard J. Deckelbaum, MD, who received the McGill University Medicine Alumni Global Award in October 2011. Click here to read the article in its entirety.
Richard J. Deckelbaum, MD receives McGill University's Medicine Alumni Global Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Health Education Consortium
12.12.11 - Video of the TEDxMSIH presentations on March 15, 2011 is now available on the TEDxMSIH's YouTube channel. Click here to watch presentations on "The Problem with Great Ideas" by second-year medical student Rachael Horner, "Taking a Thinkmental Approach" by first-year medical student Talie Lewis, first-year medical student Evan Cantor's talk on the history and origin stories of comic book superheroes, and ten more inspirational and thought-provoking talks. You can read the press release on the TEDxMSIH talks, which was distributed on March 29, 2011.
11.29.11 - Dr. Shimon Glick, Co-Chair of the MSIH Admissions Committee, has written an eloquent argument against physicians who go on strike. You can read the editorial in the Jerusalem Post by clicking here.
11.29.11 MSIH alumni convene to develop alumni association and present global health research and clinical activities 2011 Alumni Symposium brings alumni from all ten graduating classes together
11.23.11 Physician's oath ceremony marks the commencement of future global health careers at the Medical School for International Health Ceremony is broadcast live on the internet for families to view worldwide
11.13.11 - Pamela Cooper, MA, MSIH Administrative Director, who has been conducting a ten year project to track the global health activities of MSIH, presented a poster at the combined conference of the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC) and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference in Montreal. The data derived from interviews and on-going alumni surveys indicates that 70.5% of graduates from the MSIH’s first five classes have been involved in one or more areas of global health within two to eight years after graduation. The MSIH alumni tracking project also shows that 62% of graduates from the first eight cohorts (2002-2009 graduates) are involved in one or more areas of global health and that many graduates are involved in four or more areas of global health-related clinical activity or research. The school concludes that in multiple respects, its alumni are meeting, if not surpassing, the medical school’s benchmark for advancing its mission and global health priorities. Click here to view the presentation.
11.6.11 - The 2011 Alumni Symposium was a tremendous success. Alumni from all ten graduating classes met to discuss the formation of the MSIH Alumni Association, and to hear presentations on current alumni research and global health activities. Visit the Alumni News sections for more details or click here to read the press release.
A. Mark Clarfield visits his alma mater to discuss global health issues with undergraduate students
9.22.11- First-year medical students at the MSIH took the Physician's Oath in a ceremony today. Keynote speaker Dr. Basil Porter, MPH, spoke to students about the need to be compassionate and quoted Hippocrates in asking the students to remember "to cure occasionally, to relieve often, to comfort always" . To view the ceremony in its entirety, click here, best viewed on a PC in Internet Explorer.
9.13.11 MSIH Alumna selected as managing director of public policy and strategic alliances for the American Diabetes Association Lashawn Worsley McIver, MD, MPH ('04) finished fellowship with Congressional Black Caucus and heads to the American Diabetes Association
8.4.11- Columbia School of Nursing Dean Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, CNAA, FAAN visited the Recanti School for Community Health Professions at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in mid-July, along with two associate deans, to discuss possible collaborations. Columbia University has been designated at a World Health organization collaborating center, whose mandate is to seek out collaborations all over the world.
During the visit they met the senior faculty for mutual professional discussions and had a meeting with President Prof. Rivka Carmi. In addition, lectures and presentations were given by the visitors and the staff of the department and Prof. Larson gave a fascinating talk to the Soroka University Medical Center staff.
This would be the second cooperative endeavor in the medical field between BGU and Columbia University Medical Center. The Medical School for International Health, a joint BGU-Columbia medical school, brings over 45 foreign students a year to study medicine with a global health perspective. Read the article in its entirety here.
The Medical School for International Health welcomes a diverse class of first-year medical students
International Trustee for AMSA, Elizabeth Morgan returns to the United States to complete her fourth-year electives at Columbia University Medical Center and its affiliates
7.25.11 York University Graduate Returns to Toronto with Global Health Medical Degree from the Medical School for International Health Adam Goldman, MD, now a Family Medicine resident at Scarborough Hospital in Toronto
6.30.11 Doctor born at Baystate Medical Center returns as intern Michael Daignault, MD, to begin his residency after graduating with global health training from the Medical School for International Health
Noted activist on behalf of Africa addresses students from the Africa Center and the Medical School for International Health
5.30.11- Dr. Donna Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, and current president of the University of Miami, visited the MSIH last week as part of her visit to BGU to receive an honorary degree. Third-year students Kate Horan and Jonah Mink accompanied Mike Diamond, MSIH-BGU Director Mark Clarfield and Dr. Shalala on a tour of the BGU campus and met to discuss the need for global health education for new doctors.
5.29.11- Irish musician and anti-poverty activist Bob Geldof received an honorary PhD from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on Sunday, May 29, as the guest of honor at the IsraAID conference on" Israeli involvement in Africa: Past, Present, and Future". Click here to read the article in Haaretz and view a two-minute clip from his speech.
California native Pavan Mankal, MD, MA returns to New York with medical degree from the MSIH
Rachel Pope, MD, MPH will begin her residency in Obstetrics/Gynecology at MacDonald Women's Hospital at University Hospitals
Physician from the Mailman School of Public Health addresses global health medical school
graduates at the Medical School for International Health.
5.19.11- Congratulations to the graduating class of 2011!
5.8.11- Best wishes and a warm welcome to Professor Gabriel Schreiber, who has been elected the next Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. He will replace Professor Shaul Sofer when his term ends at the end of July, 2011. Read the press release in its entirety by clicking the highlighted link above.
5.5.11- Congratulations to BGU researcher Dr. Alberto Bilenca of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a member of the Ilse Katz Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology who has been awarded a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Read the press release here.
4.28.11- Our 2011 Residency Match results are in; congratulations to the class of 2011!
Congratulations to third-year medical student Liz Morgan, who has been elected to serve as the 2011-2012 International Trustee for the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Board of Trustees. She will represent the concerns of the international student membership. Liz (seen at thefar right in the photo at left) is a graduate of George Washington University with a degree in Biology, and served as the president of the MSIH's chapter of AMSA last year. For more information, you can visit the AMSA website at http://amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage.aspx
A letter to the editor of the Jerusalem Post regarding last week's article on the MSIH's third year cross cultural workshop reveals a grateful patient who was treated in the trauma unit at Soroka University Medical Center by then third-year MSIH students Annetta Madsen, MD ('10) and Colin Fields ('10). Read the letter here.
Sixty-percent chosen by training programs that have accepted previous MSIH graduates
The Healer's Art course preserves a global health physician's humanity
Evening presentation of ten-minute talks draws large audience of global health medical students
Renowned psychiatrist discusses the relevance of culture in global mental health
First-year MSIH student and February blogger of the month Irene Koplinka-Loehr posts her third blog about recent events in Israel. Read "The air was heavy with stories" at http://firstyearmsih.blogspot.com.
A wonderful article on the student's reasons for attending the Medical School for International Health has just been published in The Jewish Week. Click here to read the article.
First-year MSIH student blogger of the month Elizabeth Nowak writes a moving piece about her experience with Physicians for Human Rights. Visit our first year student blog at http://firstyearmsih.blogspot.com.
On Wednesday, October 6, the Medical School for International Health's class of 2014 took part in their Physician's Oath ceremony. Guest lecturer was Howard Bergman, MD, the Dr. Joseph Kaufmann Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Professor of Medicine at McGill University.