Global Health Conference Focuses On Medicine In Mass Emergencies

Global Health Conference Focuses On Medicine In Mass Emergencies

Renowned emergency medicine expert Dr. Eric Noji will speak Saturday January 12 at 10 a.m. at the UCF College of Medicine’s second annual Global Health Conference sponsored by the college’s MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Across Continents) organization.

The two-day conference for medical students will focus on emergency and disaster medicine and include speakers from the American Red Cross, who responded to Hurricane Sandy and topics including technological needs and challenges during natural disasters.

The event will be held at the College of Medicine medical education building at Lake Nona and is sponsored by The Diebel Legacy Fund of the Community Foundation of Central Florida as well as other community partners.

In addition to the activities for student registrants, the conference will feature the college’s first community-wide lecture series on global health. “Our goal of the series is to identify a network of people across the community who are interested in global health service and education,” said Dr. Judith Simms-Cendan, director of international health programs at the College of Medicine and associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology.

While much of the conference will be student-centered, the public is invited to the keynote address by Dr. Noji, a physician trained in emergency medicine, epidemiology and tropical diseases who is an expert on mass emergencies and the public health responses to natural disasters, terrorism, famine and weapons of mass destruction.

Dr. Noji spent 20 years with the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, and has also served the World Health Organization and the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science. Breakfast will be provided before the keynote. Please RSVP to judith.simms-cendan@ucf.edu if you wish to attend or receive future communication about Global Health education and opportunities.