On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, members of Einstein Emerging Leaders (EEL) gathered with 40 guests at Manhattan's Ohm lounge to network and take part in a series of interactive round-table discussions. The central theme of the conversations was "Trailblazing Abroad: Einstein Leaders in Global Health," detailing Einstein's more than 35 years providing global health experiences for medical students and supporting the work of faculty in developing nations. Those in attendance also learned about current efforts by Einstein's Global Health Center (GHC) to foster ongoing and future projects with communities abroad.
In 2012, EEL designated "global health" as one part of its "My Einstein" campaign, representing one of five areas within the College of Medicine that its members would raise funds to support. "It's truly an honor that the GHC appreciates," noted Jill Raufman, program manager of the GHC. "And we're thrilled to have the opportunity to share our goals and accomplishments with EEL members and their guests."
She continued, "Our center aims to support the global health activities of faculty and students, from providing an infrastructure that coordinates all travel and research details for participants, to awarding grants that allow exciting and worthy projects to move forward, to initiating and directing global health programs. In addition, through our Global Health Fellowship Program, we send approximately 80 medical students overseas each year, where they take part in transformative experiences that help to shape them as physicians."
The evening's speakers included Einstein faculty members Drs. Kathryn Anastos, co-director of the GHC and professor of medicine; Louis Weiss, co-director of GHC and professor of medicine and of pathology; H. Dean Hosgood, assistant professor of epidemiology & population health; Johanna Daily, associate professor of medicine and of microbiology & immunology; and Ms. Raufman, who also is director of the GHC's Global Health Fellowship Program. Fourth-year medical student and newly returned global health fellowship recipient Ken Shafer also shared his recent experience abroad with the EEL members and their guests, and led a round-table discussion.
The event was organized and hosted EEL board members Drs. Adam Friedman and Karthik Krishnamurthy, members of EEL's executive committee and co-chairs of the education program, with assistance from Ms. Raufman.
Members of EEL are committed to raising the College of Medicine's profile within the wider community. Its board members are a dedicated group of New York City influencers and philanthropists who represent diverse professions and industries. Through unique educational and hands-on volunteering programs, as well as networking, fundraising and leadership opportunities, EEL offers a variety of access points to get involved and learn about the life-changing work of Einstein. For additional information about how you can become involved with EEL, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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