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A Day in the Life of a Global Health Physician

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Rajesh Panjabi, MD, has a secret to balancing his work as a global health physician with his personal life as husband and father to a young son: the support and love of his wife, Amisha, a psychologist at the VA in Bedford, MA.

Dr. Panjabi, a native of Liberia, was profoundly impacted by his family’s experience fleeing the country during its civil war.  As a 9 year old boy, he and his family escaped in a cargo plane to resettle in North Carolina. The memory of all those left behind on the tarmac is what he calls the “clarifying moment” that inspired him to make the commitment to return one day.  He honored that commitment in 2005 when he returned as a medical student working with other survivors of Liberia’s civil war and American colleagues to form Tiyatien Health, now known in the United States as Last Mile Health.

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Transforming Global Women’s Health, Fellow by Fellow

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From Botswana to Haiti to the Middle East, Global Women’s Health Fellows are making vital contributions in this newly emerging field.

Neha Pagidipati, MD, MPH is the most recent fellow to graduate from the program, receiving her certificate before an enthusiastic and supportive group of colleagues, family, and leadership from the Division of Women’s Health on June 3.

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“The Upstream Doctors” – An Accompanying Essay

The following is an excerpt from an accompanying essay I wrote for the TED book, “The Upstream Doctors,” by Dr. Rishi Manchanda. 

At the end of almost a decade spent in teaching hospitals and clinics, most (we hope all) physicians have honed their clinical acumen by focusing on the care of the patient who is right in front of them. Perhaps this is as it should be: as patients, we don’t want our doctors (or nurses or social workers) distracted by “outside” considerations such as the suffering or concerns of other patients not there in the exam room or, heaven forfend, by abstractions such as the extra-personal social forces that place people in harm’s way. We want the doctor focused on us, by bringing expertise and attention to our specific “illness episode” and even to our minor aches and pains. That’s what we want: laser-like focus, to use another term from the medical profession, on our own “chief complaint.”

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New Global Health Certificates from the MGH Institute of Health Professions

Nurses worldwide provide 80–90 percent of care to individuals in many under-served areas, yet it remains extremely difficult for nurses to get the broad-based experience and education that allows them to provide care for vulnerable populations in various cultural backgrounds around the globe.

To address this issue, the MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing, in conjunction with clinicians at the world-renowned Partners In Health, has created two certificates in Global Health Nursing that will begin in fall 2013. A 9-credit fully online Certificate of Completion is available for RNs with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and a 15-credit Certificate of Advanced Study is available for master’s-prepared students. Both programs have flexible schedules to accommodate working professionals.

Contact Dr. Lynda Tyer-Viola for more information.