252199 Preparing Veterinary Medical Students for Careers in Global Health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:50 AM

Joann Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH , Department of Environmental and Population Health, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, MA
Background: The emergence and rapid cross-geopolitical boundary spread of zoonotic pathogens and other complex health crises of global import has catalyzed the development of educational and training programs designed to prepare US health professional students for careers in global health. Schools and colleges of veterinary medicine have responded to these crises by increasing opportunities for veterinary medical students to receive education and training in international settings.

Academic deans and other knowledgeable Individuals from U.S. veterinary medical schools with international veterinary medicine education and training programs were interviewed to ascertain the objectives, nature, and outcomes of those programs. Results: Global health educational and training opportunities have increased markedly in recent years. Offerings range from elective courses held in international settings to programs that offer postgraduate certificates in International Veterinary Medicine, and training opportunities range from short-term placements established through informal means to formal, long-term training programs such as the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars program. Conclusions: U.S. schools and colleges of veterinary medicine have responded to global health crises by developing opportunities for their students to obtain education and training in global health. These opportunities highlight specific skills appropriate to international work, such as cultural sensitivity and overcoming the challenges of working in resource-poor settings; they also offer students opportunities to tackle pathogens and situations largely unknown in the United States. Other opportunities that have long been available to medical and other health professional students now recognize the value of including veterinary medical students among their applicants.

Learning Areas:
Public health biology
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe opportunities in international veterinary medicine 2. Discuss training and education needs for students pursuing internationl veterinary medical work

Keywords: International Health, Veterinary Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a professor teaching and advising on the topic
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.