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International Partners in the Dominican Republic

Overview of Consejo Presidencial del SIDA (COPRESIDA)

 Dr. Menezes, Dr. Fiallo, Dr. Sinnott, Dr. Valdez, Dr. Marinez
Dr. Menezes, Director of USF Medicine International, Dr. Fiallo, CEO, COPRESIDA, Dr. Sinnott, Associate Dean, USF Medicine International, Dr. Valdez, Clinical Coordinator COPRESIDA and Dr. Marinez, Fellow in Infectious Disease
Consejo Presidencial del SIDA (COPRESIDA) is the Presidential Council on AIDS in the Dominican Republic. The Council is run by the Ministry of Health and and is part of the Executive Branch of the government. COPRESIDA's mission is to reduce the risks, vulnerability to, and impact of HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic through the coordinated development and implementation of policies which incorporate multi-sectorial partners.

Building the capacity of health care providers to address HIV/AIDS in the Dominican Republic - COPRESIDA In May 2006, USF Medicine International signed a collaborative agreement with COPRESIDA. An integral component of this agreement in capacity building through innovative medical education and training programs. USF Division of Infectious Disease has proposed establishing distance learning modules for training physicians from the Dominican Republic in HIV clinical management skills.

Agreement signed with Dr. Salvador B. Gautier Hospital

Dr. Salvador B. Gautier is home to the only infectious diseases training program in the Dominican Republic and one of the main teaching hospitals in the nation. In May of 2006, the exchange of knowledge was formalized between USF and the Gautier Hospital with the signing of the official Agreement of Collaboration. That same month, the collaboration was marked by a visit to USF by Monica Thormann, Chief of the Infectious Disease Section at Gautier Hospital. Dr. Thormann trained in aspects of transplant medicine with Infectious Disease attending and Chief of Staff Sally Houston, MD. Dr. Thormann also presented on an infectious disease topic to the USF faculty and students. Both Tampa General Hospital and Gautier Hospital will serve as sites for medical exchange programs.
Drs. Sandra Gompf, Michael Phillips, Javier Marinez, Monica Thormann, and Dean Maria Crummet
Dr. Sandra Gompf, Associate Professor of Infectious Disease, Drs. Michael Phillips and Javier Marinez, Infectious Disease Fellows, Dr. Monica Thormann, Chief of Infectious Disease at Dr. Salvador B Gautier Hospital, and Dean Maria Crummet, USF International Affairs

The final stages of agreement with Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU) Medical School, Santo Domingo

The Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena (UNPHU), located in Santo Domingo, was founded in 1966 and is the oldest private medical institution in the Dominican Republic. The school is home to the most advanced medical education and research laboratories in the nation. UNPHU holds cooperation agreements with numerous institutions in the US and Europe. The College of Medicine signed a collaborative agreement with UNPHU in 2007. Our collaborative interests include:
  • HIV and Nutrition Research
  • HIV Train the Trainer Model
  • National HIV Update
  • Medical Exchange Programs

TGH and Juan Bosch Hospital Trauma Center

TGH has generously provided medical equipment for the Trauma Center, and USF faculty physicians have served as consultants in creating an Infection Control Program at the Trauma Center.