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Dr. Lynette Menezes and Dr. John Sinnott signed a collaborative agreement with The First People’s Hospital of Kunshan in Kunshan, China. They also visited several partner institutions throughout central and Northeast China.

USF Medicine International wishes to congratulate all the medical graduates from USF. This year six students from the International Medicine Scholarly Concentration graduated:

  • Daniel Eckstein, who will be completing his residency in Family Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center
  • Krystle Hunt, who will be completing her residency in Emergency Medicine at Shands Hospital
  • Pryianka Kamath, who will be completing her residency in OBGYN at the University of Texas SW Medical School
  • Lauren Mullinax, who will be completing her residency in Pediatrics at Miami Children's Hospital
  • Tanvi Patel, who will be completing her residency in Internal Medicine at Shands Hospital
  • Lisa Sander, who will be completing her residency in Emergency Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital

Congratulations and good luck in your residency programs!

On Thursday, Dec. 8th USF Health announced a generous gift from Carol and Frank Morsani, long time supporters of the University and the College of Medicine. The Morsanis have graciously gifted $37 million to USF Health over the years (including their newest gift of $20 million). In their recognition, President Genshaft and the Board of Trustees have renamed our college to the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. Click here for more information on this historic event.

On Nov. 7th the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine participated in the Great American Teach-in for the 3rd year in a row. Great American Teach-in is an annual event where diverse professionals visit schools to teach students of all ages about their careers. This year, we had four of the 2nd year medical students from our International Medicine Scholarly Concentration teach about infectious diseases to students at Williams Middle Magnet School, an International Baccalaureate school with a focus on international studies and intercultural understanding.

Jonathan Kass and student leader Jaymin Patel taught a 7th grade science class while student leader Cristina Garcia and Vignesh Doraiswamy taught a 6th grade science class. “It was pretty shocking to see how much these students already knew about infectious diseases”, said Kass. “These are some really bright students.”

The two classes learned about infectious disease and how to prevent the spread of infection through proper hand washing.

An International Mixer was held on Monday, October 17th. USF medical students participating in the International Medicine Scholarly Concentration got to mix and mingle with 20 doctors and hospital administrators from Gansu, China; a medical student from SWU completing a 2-week observership in Cardiology through the Stephen Klasko Clinical Observership Program; faculty from Srinakharinwirot Univeristy (SWU) in Bangkok, Thailand; and USF College of Medicine faculty. The mixer was an orientation for 1st year medical students accepted into the International Medicine Scholarly Concentration. The evening was a great way for students to learn about medical schooling and health care practices in China and Thailand from both the student and physician perspective.

Three delegates from one of our partnering institutions, Srinakharinwirot University (SWU) in Bangkok, Thailand, visited USF to tour our facilities and strengthen our collaboration. The guests were Dr. Wuttichai Thanapongsathorn, the new Dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Chatsri Dechapunya, Deputy Dean of International Affairs, and Dr. Thassanawut Dhearapanya, Assistant Dean of Academic/International Affairs. During their visit, the delegates met with President Judy Genshaft and Dean Stephen Klasko (Dean of the College of Medicine and SR VP of USF Health) to discuss ways in which USF and SWU can further their collaborative efforts.

Delegates touring the Simulation Center with Dr. John Armstrong

They also gained insight into USF’s medical education programs through discussions with: Dr. John Armstrong, Medical Director of the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS); Dr. Deborah Sutherland, Associate Vice President of Continuing Professional Development and Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education for USF’s College of Medicine; Dr. Paul Sanberg, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, SR Associate Vice President of the Office of Research and Innovation, and Vice-chairman of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair; and Dr. Bob Brooks, Associate Vice President of Health Care Leadership at USF and Professor with the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine.

The delegates also toured the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care, the USF Health Simulation Center, the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning and Simulation, and Tampa General Hospital.

The delegates also toured the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair, USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Health Care, the USF Health Simulation Center, the Center for Advanced Clinical Learning and Simulation, and Tampa General Hospital.

From October 10th - 28th, USF Medicine International hosted its 2nd delegation of doctors from Gansu, China who participated in the Hospital Administrators Training Program. The 3-week program consisted of 27 lectures on management, operations and administration, finance, organizational development, employee relations, and research. The doctors also toured various departments at Tampa General Hospital and numberous health centers at the University of South Florida. Tours included:

  • TGH Infection Prevention
  • TGH ER and Trauma
  • TGH Safety & Security
  • TGH ICUs
  • TGH LIFT Center
  • TGH Women's Center
  • Hillsborough County Health Department
  • Team Education & Multidisciplinary Simulation Center
  • Carol & Frank Morsani Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • USF Center of Excellence for Aging & Brain Repair
  • USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute

Senior management from Tampa General Hospital and Senior Leadership and faculty from USF Health made the program a great success. The delegates exclaimed that this is one of the best training programs they have participated in and shared the various ways they will apply what they have learned to improve their hospitals. A report of their goals will be published in the near future.

This is the 2nd year USF Medicine International has hosted a group of doctors from Gansu, China for the Hospital Administrator Training Program. The training was first held in Jaunary 2010, when 18 hospital VPs from 10 hospitals were trained. This year a total of 20 doctors from 12 hospitals were trained. To date, a total of 38 doctors and hospital VPs from 22 different hospitals throughout Gansu, Province have been trained.