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

2017 Global Health Conference

To register for the conference please visit: www.ucfglobalhealth.org

Greetings! We are excited to announce our 2017 Global Health Conference entitled, The Effect of Climate Change on the Health of the World’s Most Vulnerable Populations. Environmental determinants of health, such as clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food and secure shelter, are all affected by climate change. According to the World Health Organization, it is predicted that in the next two decades, climate change will significantly increase the cost of health globally due to its effects on basic human needs, such as agriculture, water, and sanitation. Areas affected most by climate change will include developing countries with weak health infrastructure. This conference will focus on implementing clinical knowledge in the face of medical challenges caused by climate change, as well as the role of the medical professional in advocacy to address climate change.

Our Keynote Speaker is Dr. Sten Vermund, M.D., Ph.D., the Amos Christie Chair in Global Health, Director of the university-wide Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health since 2005, and, more recently, the Vice President for global health of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For the past two decades, Vermund has focused on global health issues. In developing countries, where Pap smears are not routine, his team promulgated a technique using acetic acid to visually detect cervical lesions and built a major screening program in Zambia that has become a global training center for individuals from more than 20 countries. In 2000, he founded the Centre for Infectious Disease Research, now one of Zambia’s largest NGOs, which currently supports more than 330 clinics that play an instrumental role in the prevention of maternal-fetal HIV transmission and the implementation of antiretroviral therapy. He also founded Friends in Global Health in 2006, an NGO in Mozambique and Nigeria that has provided HIV-related care to over 140,000 individuals. His recent work includes research on HIV prevention in intravenous drug users in Pakistan; cervical cancer prevention at Tanzanian HIV clinics; HIV prevention in China in men who have had sex with men; and maternal-fetal HIV transmission in Nigeria.

This year, we have chosen to donate our proceeds from the conference to Partners in Health (PIH), and organization that has established longitudinal health care centers and resources for developing countries. In particular, their presence in Haiti, a country which has been severely devastated by multiple natural events, most recently Hurricane Matthew, has had tremendous impact on the health and well-being of the most vulnerable population.

The conference will be held at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine on January 21, 2017.

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We welcome inquiries at directors@ucfglobalhealth.org.

2016 Farmworkers Clinic

MedPACt students and members of our faculty collaborated with an Interprofessional Education Team that cared for 200 farmworkers from the Apopka area.

Click here for the complete story published on our UCF COMmunique Newsletter.

MedPACt’s 5th Annual Global Health Conference

The theme of “Neglected Tropical Diseases” at the College of Medicine’s Fifth Annual Global Health conference was fueled by a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic over the summer. “We saw many diseases that are caused by mosquitoes and other vectors causing a lot of burden on the underdeveloped countries of the world,” said second-year medical student and conference co-director John Stelzer.

Click here to read the complete story published on our UCF COMmunique Newsletter.

Dominican Republic Medical Service Trip

In 2015 MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Across Continents) coordinated a week-long experience that served six rural communities in the northeastern part of the Dominican Republic. Our medical students worked alongside students from the UCF College of Nursing, UF College of Pharmacy, Engineers without Borders-USA and medical students from the local medical school (Universidad Católica Nordestana).

Click here for more details on previous Dominican Republic trips.

Please check out the video for our 2015 interdisciplinary trip generously provided to us by UCF College of Medicine!


Our medical service trip would not be possible without the tremendous support from the International Medical Samaritans Program Scholarship sponsored by the Diebel Legacy Fund at Central Florida Foundation.

The Diebel Legacy Fund at Central Florida Foundation grew out of a tragic community event. On June 8, 2002, Dr. Donald Diebel Jr. lost his life while giving medical assistance to a newly married couple who had overturned their vehicle on the Florida Turnpike median. As he and firefighter Shane Kelly, and several other Good Samaritans, worked at the rain-slicked scene of the accident to help free the young couple, a tractor trailer lost control and struck the site, instantly killing both men and injuring several others who were also offering assistance.

Active in Medical Missionary work throughout his college career, it was only after Don was lost that we realized the real depth of his commitment to serving less fortunate members of the community. And it is from this seed of selfless commitment planted by Dr. Donald Diebel Jr. during his lifetime that this Orlando non-profit continues to grow today.

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The International Medical Samaritans Program Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship that supports students demonstrating a dedication to volunteerism and academic excellence. As we strive to cultivate a student culture of social and global responsibility through medicine, this scholarship is essential giving the opportunity for medical students to serve internationally who would otherwise be financially unable. For this reason, UCF COM MedPACt is honored and thankful for the Diebel Legacy Fund at Central Florida Foundation’s generous and continued support, and we greatly appreciate their dedication to service within and across our borders!


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