‘Bridging the Gap’ Binational Medical Education Conference

Saturday, October 16, 2010 - 8:30am to Sunday, October 17, 2010 - 8:30am
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EVENT:                     ‘Bridging the Gap’ Binational Medical Education Conference
                                    Medical students and health professionals from the United States and Mexico gather to understand physicians’ role in border health and foster cooperation among medical professionals from both countries
 
DATES/TIMES:        SATURDAY, OCT. 16, 8 A.M. to 8:30 P.M.
                                    SUNDAY, OCT. 17, 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
 
LOCATION:             University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium
                                    1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
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                                    Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium
                                    1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson
 
MEDICAL WRITERS/ASSIGNMENT EDITORS NOTE: Media are welcome to attend and cover this event, which is for health professionals and the general public. A copy of the conference program is available upon request from Stephen M. Horras, co-chair, Global Health Forum, (208) 921-8001 or e-mail shorras@email.ariozna.eduSpeakers will be available for interviews prior to and immediately following the conference, as well as during breaks. 

Medical students and health professionals from the United States and Mexico will attend the first ‘Bridging the Gap’ Binational Medical Education Conference on Saturday, Oct. 16, 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at University Medical Center, DuVal Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., and the Arizona Cancer Center, Kiewit Auditorium, 1515 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson

The conference, which is planned to be an annual event, is designed to help attendees develop an apolitical understanding of the physician’s role in border health and foster cooperation among medical professionals from both countries who are divided by a border but united by a concern for the health and welfare of others.
 
The conference is sponsored by the University of Arizona College of Medicine Global Health Forum (www.globalhealth.arizona.edu), the UA College of Medicine Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (http://diversity.medicine.arizona.edu) and the Sociedad Estudiantil de Medicina, Universidad de Sonora (www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=123985424822&ref=ts).
 
Speakers include:
 
  • Eva Moncada García, MD, coordinator of medical residency and secretary of public health for the State of Sonora, Mexico
  •  Cecilia Rosales, MD, representative, United States – Mexico Border Health Commission; associate professor, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
  •  Bruce Parks, MD, chief medical examiner, Pima County; clinical assistant professor, UA College of Medicine Department of Pathology

Presentations by the Samaritans (formerly Samaritan Patrol, a volunteer organization providing medical assistance, food and water to people crossing the Sonoran Desert) and a representative with Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) will highlight the clinic skills needed to address emergency border health issues. 

Session topics will include a comparison of the United States and Mexico health systems, immigration law and the effects on border health, and the health effects of immigration policy.
 
The conference will include a screening of the documentary film, “389 Miles: Living the Border,” by award-winning Nogales film director Luis Carlos Romero-Davis, who will be present for a post-viewing discussion.
 
Other learning opportunities will include optional medical facility tours in Tucson, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora.
 
For more information, including a schedule of events, visit the website, www.bridging-the-gap.co.nr or contact Stephen M. Horras, co-chair, Global Health Forum, (208) 921-8001 or e-mail shorras@email.ariozna.edu