This Course is a hybrid: 7 weeks online, plus 3 days in classroom, plus final exam in classroom.
Participants will need to devote 5-7 hours per week during the online segment of the course. Weekly assignments are self-paced and do not require participants to be online at certain times of the day. If you are unsure if you qualify for this course, please contact INMED at 816-444-6400 or email@example.com, and we will be happy to assist you.
Concern over healthcare for all people continues to grow, fueled by economic globalization, worldwide news coverage, and the ease with which an epidemic or disaster in distant lands can affect other nations within hours. There also exists a heartening sense of caring that motivates individuals to respond with compassion and action to those who are most in need.
Yet healthcare professionals who enter service in low-resource communities often discover that their education poorly prepared them to work effectively because:
- Health challenges are distinct. Malnutrition, unique injuries, and certain infectious diseases are common in low-resource communities, but they are rare in wealthier ones.
- Healthcare resources are minimal. Safe drinking water and adequate housing, let alone diagnostic technologies and specialty consultation, are rarely available in low-resource communities.
- Cultural context is challenging. Success in promoting health and combating disease requires an intimate understanding of human behavior, which often contrasts sharply from one community to another.
- Leadership skills are underdeveloped. Effective health intervention requires attention to community-wide needs and resources, team building, and strategic planning - concepts infrequently addressed in the education of healthcare professionals.
- Living and working in low-resource communities demands unique personal skills. Attention to physical health, emotional wellbeing, financial subjects, and family relationships is essential for long-term success.
| ENROLLMENT QUALIFICATIONS
The Course is open to healthcare professionals and healthcare profession students in the fields that routinely diagnose and treat disease, including physicians, dentists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, resident physicians, and students of medicine, dentistry, advanced practice nursing, physician assistants, and pharmacy. Participants are strongly counseled to attend the entire course to optimize its benefit.
At the completion of the INMED International Medicine & Public Health Intensive Hybrid Course, students in the context of a low-resource community will be able to:
- Advocate for literacy, economic development, and effective interventions to promote health and prevent death and disability
- Prevent, diagnose and treat the leading diseases of poverty
- Prevent, diagnose and treat HIV infection
- Assure that healthcare interventions are culturally appropriate
- Effectively mitigate and respond to disaster events
- Design effective health interventions as part of a leadership team
- Demonstrate technical proficiency in relevant clinical skills
Micah Flint, MPA, addresses disaster management
The Course will address the following bodies of knowledge:
- International Public Health - Factors that most significantly impact health in low-resource communities.
- Diseases of Poverty - The health conditions most frequently associated with low economic status.
- International HIV Medicine - Prevention and treatment of HIV in low-resource settings.
- Cross-Cultural Competency - Skills to effectively promote health in a new cultural context.
- Disaster Management - Disaster Management - Action in advance to mitigate loss and effectively respond
- International Health Leadership - How healthcare professionals can work in partnership with communities to design and lead effective, sustainable healthcare systems.
- Neonatal Resuscitation - Through Helping Babies Breath, the program of the American Academy of Pediatrics designed for low-resource settings.
| EDUCATIONAL COMPONENTS/METHODS
Students in the Course will achieve the above learning objectives through the following educational components:
Students will need to devote 5-7 hours per week during the online segment of the course.
- Interactive online presentations by expert professionals
- Case studies providing analysis
- Skill stations to develop technical facility
- Formation groups exploring personal application
Assessment of student's performance will be based upon:
- Attendance and participation in all Course events
- Acceptable performance on examinations
Students who successfully complete the course of study and who pass the final examinations will receive the INMED Academic Qualification In International Medicine & Public Health and the Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer certification. Verification of the educational experience will be provided to the student's affiliated school or residency program. Those who do not pass the final examinations will receive a certificate of attendance.
INMED highly recommends that the International Medicine Intensive Hybrid Course be complemented with a supervised clinical experience in international medicine. Both can be enrolled for simultaneously via the INMED International Medicine & Public Health Diploma or the INMED International Pharmacy Diploma.
Nicholas Comninellis, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
President, Institute for International Medicine - INMED
John O. Gibson, MD
Director of Global Health Education, John Peter Smith Family Medicine Residency, Ft Worth, Texas
Assistant Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Nancy Crigger, PhD, ARNP
Associate Professor of Nursing, Graceland University
INMED - Institute for International Medicine
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