The mission of the Medical School for International Health (MSIH) is to address the need for medical education that focuses on the interface between global health and community and preventive medicine.
Mayuri is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a bachelor's degree in Biology. After graduation, she worked with the Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), which led her to do volunteer work with FIRMC in Huancayo, Peru. She then pursued a master's of science at Georgetown University before entering the MSIH in 2011. In her video, she discusses the global health curriculum at the MSIH as well as her life in Beersheva. Click here to see her video!
Tim is a graduate of Knox College, and is highlighted in our third issue of the "Day in the Life" video series. In addition to his medical studies, Tim is also an active member of MSIH's AMSA chapter, and volunteers with Ultimate Peace. Check out his video!
Adie just completed her tenure as MSIH Student Council president. She is preparing to take her third year electives at Soroka University Medical Center. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, with a degree in Psychology, Adie is highlighted in our second issue of our "Day in the Life" series.
Aubrey is a graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Biochemistry. Originally from New York, her extensive experience in working with underserved populations drew her to the MSIH. She is the featured in the inaugural issue of our "Day in the Life" series, and takes us through a typical day doing her third-year clinical rotations. This is a must-see video! Click here to view.
Irene Koplinka-Loehr (class of 2014)
Irene, one of the three recipients of first-year scholarships for the entering class of 2010, is a 2010 graduate of Carleton College with a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art. She was able to complete all of her prerequisite science courses while at Carleton, compete on a varsity level in cross country and track, and participate in many volunteer activities. As HOPE Center Program Director, Irene acted as a liaison between Carleton and the Center, which is a resource center for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse. She publicized and organized training sessions and provided support for student volunteers. She also completed training and was certified as an EMT-B to provide directed pre-hospital care.
Irene’s experience with cross-cultural communications began as a child when her family lived with the Innu community in Newfoundland, Canada. As her parents worked with the community to provide youth development support, Irene was exposed to the cultural clash between the Innu and Western systems, and saw how the influence of Western culture affected the lives of the Innu people.
Her awareness and respect for other cultures continued in 2008 when she was able to volunteer at the Sulayman Junkung General Hospital in Gambia in western Africa, where she collaborated with other volunteers to develop health awareness programs, and implement HIV/AIDS testing and education.
Irene participated in the MSIH's first year blog, as blogger of the month for February 2011, and also blogged about her reflections on The Healer's Art, an elective course for first-year students which helps prepare medical students for the emotional toll of medical practice.
Tobin Greensweig (class of 2014), seen at left, and J onah Mink, MD ('12) are staying in Israel over the summer while collaborating on a project to improve medical services to refugees in Israel. While doing a global health elective in Tel Aviv, which involved working with patients in the Israeli Ministry of Health’s Refugee Clinic, Jonah saw that despite the best intentions, files often went missing, or the internet connection to the Department of Health would go down. This clinic, which is funded by the Israeli government and the Israel Medical Association, is staffed with volunteers, so patients may never be treated by the same physician twice. And the files were stored based on a patient ID number, which made searching for information for a returning patient very difficult.
Many patients arrive at the clinic via the bus station in Levinsky Park with advanced chronic diseases, infectious diseases such as malaria, or gunshot wounds suffered en route to Israel. Seeing the public health concerns led Jonah and Tobin, who are also members of ROI Community, a global network of Jewish innovators founded by philanthropist Lynn Schusterman, to take their knowledge of other healthcare systems in the world and apply it to this problem.
Tobin, who is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, has experience working with electronic medical records in the third world. Together they drafted a proposal for a project to implement electronic medical records, using software that is easily customized for the clinic’s needs.
The Electronic Medical Records for Refugees in Israel project was launched in May 2012, and is currently being tested in the Tel Aviv Refugee Clinic. Tobin and Jonah are training staff and volunteers to use the new system onsite as well as through YouTube videos and training guides that they developed. They are also launching a program to train nurses from the refugee community to use the EMR system for coordinating patient appointments, diagnoses and treatments.