There are many ways to explore global health; you can surf the Internet, attend global health conferences, join a team on short-term international mission trips, or spend extended time studying in a foreign medical facility. This site is designed to help direct you to available resources for all these experiences. It is a work in progress, so by all means please send any information about trips, conferences, or other relevant information to me at judith.simms-cendan@ucf.edu.

MedPACt's 5th Annual Global Health Conference 2016

The Global Health Burden of Neglected Tropical Diseases

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MedPACt’s Global Health Conference is an annual medical student run conference geared towards health professionals like medical students, nursing students, pharmacy students, and anyone who is interested in the topic of global health.  Topics of previous years have included Maternal and Child health, Refugee health, and Disaster relief.  Last year, we had approximately 200 attendees join us for the conference and we are expecting about the same this upcoming conference on January 16, 2016.

The conference includes a keynote speaker, panel discussion, and a variety of workshops and simulations for the participants.  Our keynote speaker for the upcoming conference is Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, the director of product development from the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor School of Medicine. We have chosen to partner with the END7 organization to help eradicate the 7 most common NTDs.  We have pledged to donate $5 from every registrant’s fee to the END7 organization in addition to fundraising efforts.


Dominican Republic Medical Service Trip 2015

From July 23rd - 31st, students from UCF College of Medicine, MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Across Continents), UCF College of Nursing, UF College of Pharmacy and Engineers without Borders-USA, traveled to six rural communities in the Dominican Republic for an international medical service mission.

Dr. Judith Simms-Cendan, Dr. David Simmons from the Orlando VAMC, Chaplain Linda Simmons from Florida Hospital, Dr. José A. Avila, Dr. Janet Bailey and several other outstanding faculty from Orlando joined us. We provided care to help address the medical and hygiene needs in these impoverished regions of the country. With our goals in creating a sustainable trip, a series of steps have been put into effect including implementation of an electronic medical record system, establishment of longitudinal care and interdisciplinary collaboration between UCF College of Medicine, UF College of Pharmacy, UCF College of Nursing, Engineers without Borders-USA and Universidad Católica Nordestana.

Donate now for our 2016 Dominican Republic Trip

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2015 Medical Mission Trip to San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic


2015 Global Health Conference- Maternal & Child Health 



We would like to thank the Diebel Legacy Fund at the Central Florida Foundation for their generous donations that make our efforts possible.