Annual Highlights

IMP would like to share the following additional highlights from the 2013-2014 annual year:

-IMP’s founder and executive director, Huda M. Ayas, was promoted to Associate Dean for International Medicine!

-IMP welcomed Jennifer Clair, Program Manager to the team in June of 2014. Jennifer will be primarily managing the Medical Research Fellowship Program.

-Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D., Walter A. Bloedorn Professor of Administrative Medicine, Vice President for Health Affairs, and Dean, School of Medicine and Health Sciences delivered a lecture titled, U.S. Medical Education 2014 and the Implications for International Medical Education, to an audience of about 200 people at Alfaisal University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

-Robert Dufour, M.D. ‘14 was awarded the Global Health Track award at the annual M.D. gala. This award is given yearly to a GW medical student who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to global health throughout their four years of medical school. Congrats Robert!

-Christian Geier from the Medical University of Vienna in Austria participated in IMP’s international clinical elective program in the departments of cardiology and endocrinology in January and February of 2013. He is the first student from this program to match through the NRMP to GW’s internal medicine residency program. Congrats Christian!

-Nikko Peven Izu, M.D. ‘14 participated in an international clinical elective experience in the Philippines in February of 2014. Nikko said that this experience “was quite possibly the most profound learning experience in my medical career to date.” Nikko not only returned home to GW with the memory of lifetime, but she also returned home knowing that one of her patients, grateful for the service Nikko provided during a complicated delivery, named their baby after her in gratitude.

-IMP is proud to announce its 10 year anniversary of partnering with Project Medishare, a non-profit dedicated to providing comprehensive health and development services and building capacity in Haiti. GW signed an agreement with Project Medishare in October 2004 and has maintained an excellent relationship with the organization. Throughout these ten years, GW has organized 13 successful medical missions to Haiti with over 170 students representing SMHS, SPHHS, and SON. In addition, more than 35 GW faculty and staff have participated as well.

-In the 2013-2014 annual year, IMP has sent more than 80 GW students and residents abroad through international clinical electives, medical missions, and summer internships and has hosted over 125 international participants through the international clinical electives, international residency and fellowship, MD program for international students, medical research fellowship, and observership programs. In addition, more than 30 GW faculty and staff have traveled abroad through IMP to participate in medical missions, to teach continuing medical education courses, to do site visits, or to do needs assessments.

-IMP would like to highlight the following new or renewed affiliation and service agreements signed with the following institutions during the 2013-2014 annual year: Perfect Touch Events, Egypt; Jordan Hospital, Jordan; Nyumbani, Kenya; Mongolian National University of Medical Sciences, Mongolia; NAMRU-6 (Naval Medical Research Unit-6), Peru; Alfaisal University, Northern Border University, Salman bin Abdulaziz University, and Taif University, Saudi Arabia; Seoul National University, Korea; San Francisco University, Ecuador; UniMed Global Health Network, United States; OmniMed, Uganda; Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland; and University of Rome “Tor Vergata” School of Medicine and Surgery, Italy.