Some of my favorite learning experiences, whether inside or outside the classroom, have been those lead by passionate individuals. When someone loves their work, it reads in their face, in the way they lecture, and in their willingness to share their experiences and mentor others. This is why I would like to invite you to join me in attending Global Health Rounds, on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, held by your very own Global Health Office. Each of these sessions highlights a different global health activity at Dalhousie or a contemporary global health challenge through presentations and talks by leaders in the field. The rounds are a forum for discussion, questions, and interaction. Each has left me with more than just increased knowledge on the topic at hand.
The intimate setting has given me an opportunity to meet like-minded people, network, and pursue different opportunities. So far, two sessions have been held. The first, was on social accountability within medical schools and was led by Ms. Shawna O’Hearn, Director of the Global Health Office, and Dr. Jeff Kirby at the Department of Bioethics. The second, lead by Dr. Des Leddin at the Faculty of Medicine, was titled “Health Education; Can the Net Level the Playing Field?”. He spoke of international partnerships in the establishment of specialty care centres in other countries. The facets of global health explored by these leaders are relevant to health professionals, researchers, and the public alike. As an emerging health care administrator, my own values and understanding have been tested through these rounds when I learned the value of establishing specialty facilities in developing countries, even when some of the most basic health care needs still have to be met.
I have to say, I felt as though I was being exposed to “inside information” throughout these discussions, candid and unpublished truths from the mouths of the experts themselves.
The next upcoming Global Health Round is with Bob Huish, Assistant Professor, Department of International Development Studies. He will explore the topic of “Why does Cuba care so much about Ebola? Understanding the Solidarity Approach to Global Health”. I hope to see you all there! November 19, 2014 @ 5-6pm Tupper G-36, DMNB Saint John Rm 218.
For more information: Global Health Rounds