The Office of International Medicine Programs is pleased to announce the Leonard C. Akman, MD '43 Scholarship for academic year 2016-2017.
Fostering relationships across borders and between communities is at the center of the Office of International Medicine Programs’ (IMP) mission, and those efforts were reflected at the 9th annual dinner Sept. 22, 2016.
As Bedoor Alabbas raised her stethoscope, the 9-year-old Haitian girl she was examining shyly flinched away. What was this thing? Bedoor asked permission of the girl’s mother, then placed the earpieces on the girl’s head and the chestpiece on her own heart. Lub-dub, lub-dub. The child’s eyes widened and she began to giggle. “Then I asked if I could listen to her,” Alabbas recalled, “and the girl agreed.”
Over the past two decades, the Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) has built relationships with a diverse group of students, practitioners, leaders, researchers from around the world who are all committed to improving the health of their communities. IMP has excelled in facilitating medical education and training at home and abroad, extending opportunities to more than 12,000 individuals to advance their careers and address health priorities.
Many of those fleeing the destruction take an arduous route out of Syria, traveling hundreds of miles on foot across Turkey to the Aegean Sea. From the Turkish coast, the refugees board overcrowded boats for a risky water-crossing to reach Greek islands Chios and Lesbos, and then it’s on to the Greek mainland and into Europe.