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Cusick Serves On Tropical and Travel Medicine Panel

L to R: Drs. Dominic Travis, Claudia Munoz-Zanzi, Sarah Cusick, and Amy Kircher

Panelists Global Pediatrics core faculty, Sarah Cusick, Ph.D., was a presenter and panelist for the Department of Internal Medicine Global Health program's Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar. The focus of the panel was "The Power of One Health", and the theme of the event was surrounding One Health success stories. Panelists presented examples from non- communicable disease, nutrition and zoonosis. 

Dr. Cusick presented her research focused on iron deficiency and malaria in Uganda.

You can subscribe to the podcast for the monthly Tropical and Travel Medicine Seminar series via iTunes University or download them from this Global Health Medicine webpage.

Global Child Health Educators Poster at APPD 2013

L to R: Chuck Schubert (Cincinnati Children's Hospital), Nicole St. Clair (Medical College of Wisconsin), Cindy Howard (University of Minnesota), Jacquelyn Kuzminski (MCW), Sabrina Butteris (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Laura Houser (UW-Madison)

In April 2013, Cindy Howard and colleagues presented a poster: Global Child Health Educators: Local Collaboration To Optimize Global Education at the 2013 annual meeting of Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD).

The poster described the planning, organization and scholarly products that have resulted from our collaborative efforts as part of the Midwest Consortium of Global Health Educators. Formed in 2009, the Consortium brought together global health education programs with residency tracks from:

  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital
  • May Clinic College of Medicine
  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Northwestern University
  • Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison
Our institutions share competencies, knowledge assessments and curriculum resources as part of an innovative way to achieve effective global health education across pediatric residency programs.

U of M Predeparture Health and Safety Video


Through a team effort of the departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine Global Health programs, along with the U of M Global Programs and Strategy Alliance and School of Public Health, we are pleased to announce a new resource for University of Minnesota faculty, staff and students traveling abroad for work or study: Safe Travel Abroad, a predeparture health and safety video. 

The video-ready version is also available as an LMS-ready, SCORM-compliant learning module. U of M units that wish to further customize the content for their unit can email (fandrey at for a link to download the project files.

Applications Now Being Accepted

The Northern Pacific Global Health Research Fellows Training Consortium is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Fogarty Global Health Fellows. Eligible candidates are:

  • UMN or UMN-affiliated post-doctoral trainees (medical residents, medical speciality fellows, post-doctoral fellows - including international trainees affiliated with UMN programs) 
  • US citizens or permanent residents
This is a fantastic opportunity for 11 months of on-site training and mentorship in global health, with well-established research sites in Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Peru, Thailand and China. 

Designed for residents and fellows who would like to make a career in global health research, the candidate could use the on-site year to gain firm grounding in a global
health research project.

Full details of the fellowship and application materials are available at

The basic details of the fellowship are summarized here. Please contact Molly McCoy ( if you would like further details.

Please spread the word to qualified fellows and residents to consider applying if they are interested in global health research.

Be sure to circulate this info among your international colleagues, as well: international PhD students and residents/fellows/post-docs may also apply to the program if they are affiliated with UMN programs.

Sophie Gladding Joins Core Faculty In Global Pediatrics

Sophia Gladding, Ph.D.

From Global Pediatrics director, Chandy John M.D., M.S.:

It's my pleasure to announce Sophia Gladding as the newest core faculty member in Global Pediatrics. Her work in medical education has included important work with us in global health resident education. Her academic focus has always been on global health education, so we are pleased to able to have her academic affiliation reflect the area of her primary work.

Welcome, Sophie!

2nd Annual Midwest Global Health Education Consortium

The 2nd Annual Midwest Global Health Education Consortium meeting was held in Minneapolis, MN, Oct 6-7, 2011. The Consortium is comprised of pediatrics and family medicine global health residency program directors from Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota, Mayo Medical School, and Northwestern University, and meets annually to discuss collaborations and sharing of resources across programs.

Pictured L to R: Chandy John, Mike Pitt, Nikki St. Clair, Jackie Nohl, Ndidi Musa, Cindy Howard, Tina Slusher, Sophie Gladding, Sabrina Wagner

Cusick Talk on Pediatric Micronutrient Deficiencies

Pediatric nutrition expert, Sarah Cusick, Ph.D., presented the talk, "Micronutrient Deficiencies and their Interaction with Infectious Disease" at the September Travel and Tropical Medicine Seminar. The TTM series is hosted by University of Minnesota Global Health Pathway, Department of Medicine.

Dr. Cusick (pictured) is an assistant professor in Division of Global Pediatrics and an adjunct instructor in Division of Epidemiology and School of Public Health.

Fluid Bolus Journal Club

Global Pediatrics residents and faculty gathered Monday evening, September 19, at the home of Dr. Chandy John for some global health camaraderie, and to discuss  "Mortality after Fluid Bolus in African Children with Severe Infection", which was published June 30, 2011, in New England Journal of Medicine. Among the co-authors were Drs. Bob Opoka and Sarah Kiguli, who are our colleagues at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Pictured: senior Medicine-Pediatrics resident Andrew Keenan, M.D., leads the journal club discussion.

Neonatology Fellow Travels to Port Au Prince, Haiti

U of M neonatology fellow, Megan Linn, M.D., traveled with our global pediatrics faculty, Tina Slusher, M.D., to Port Au Prince, Haiti, in July 2011. The purpose of the trip was to teach pediatric residents at Hospital de l'Universite d'Etat d'Haiti (HUEH; the largest hospital in Haiti), and to provide education--alongside Haitian faculty--on neonatology topics requested by neonatal nurses and doctors at St Damien Pediatric Hospital.

Megan Linn, pictured here with a child in the Abandoned Child Ward of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, is the first fellow to travel abroad on international elective with the U of M Pediatric Global Health Track.