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.
Season’s greetings and happy new year from the Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)! As we begin a new year, we invite you to join us as we reflect on several of our major accomplishments in 2016 and the exciting initiatives we are looking forward to in the coming years.
The GW Office of International Medicine Programs will host 24 medical professionals from 14 countries for Operation Smile’s NEXT Global Summit
The Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) is proud to announce that Daniel C. Mays is the 2015-16 recipient of the Global Health Humanitarian Service Award.
The Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) is proud to announce that Rami Algahtani has received the Preliminary Intern of the Year Award in the Department of Medicine for AY 2014 – 2015. Dr. Algahtani comes to IMP from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and is currently participating in a neurology residency at GW.