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University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Third Annual Global Health Conference

Refugee Health

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 Keynote Speaker

helping-ethiopia-kids-rick-hodes-01-afDr. Rick Hodes is an American doctor who has lived and worked in Ethiopia for over 20 years. He is the Medical Director of  Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 95-year old NGO. Over the years, he has been in charge of the health of Ethiopians immigrating to Israel. Currently, he is the senior consultant at a Catholic mission helping sick destitutes with heart disease (rheumatic and congenital), spine disease (TB and scoliosis), and cancer. He has also worked with refugees in Rwanda, Zaire, Tanzania, Somalia, and Albania.

Hodes is a graduate of Middlebury College and University of Rochester Medical School, and trained in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins. Hodes first went to Ethiopia as a relief worker during the 1984 famine. He returned there on a Fulbright Fellowship to teach internal medicine, and in 1990 was hired by the JDC as the medical adviser for the country. His original position was to care for 25,000 potential immigrants to Israel. In 1991, he was an active contributor during “Operation Solomon,” helping the Ethiopian Jews airlifted to Israel. In 2007, Dr. Hodes was selected as a finalist for “CNN Heroes,” a program that highlights ordinary people for their extraordinary achievements. The American College of Physicians has awarded him “Mastership” and the Rosenthal Award for creative practice of medicine. He was honored as ABC’s Person of the Week in 2010.

His work is the subject of the HBO documentary “Making the Crooked Straight” as well as a new book “This is a Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes.”


Saturday, February 1st

8:00am – 9:00am          Breakfast and Poster Session (optional)

9:00am – 9:10am          Dean German Welcome

9:10am – 9:25am          Diebel Legacy Fund at Central Florida Foundation Welcome

9:30am – 10:30am        Keynote Speaker (Free & Open to the Public)

10:45am – 11:45am      Refugee Panel

12:00pm – 1:00pm        Lunch and Poster Session

1:00pm – 5:00pm          Simulation/Workshop Sessions

5:05pm – 5:30pm          Awards and closing remarks

7:00pm                         Social & Networking Event @Universal City Walk (optional)

Poster Competition

We will invite all conference attendees to submit an abstract for presentation during the conference. Competition winners will be offered a cash prize!  Posters will be judged by a panel of judges as well as your peers, and poster competition winners in each category will be announced at the closure of conference events.

Submit abstracts here

Workshops and Simulations

Participants will be able to engage in several simulations and workshops involving Refugee Health.  For a list of our current Simulations and Workshops, please visit the 2014 Simulations and Workshops page!


Attire for the conference will be business casual.

Housing Information

Select hotels are offering a discounted rate to those attending the conference. See below for more details. Students may also stay with a UCF medical student at no cost. Please indicate if you would like to participate in this program on the registration form.

Courtyard Orlando Airport: 7155 North Frontage Road, Orlando, Florida 32812 – Ph: 407-240-8962 Seasonal Rates start at: $89/night for UCF COM (plus tax & fees); rate includes parking and comp high speed Internet. Call hotel directly and ask for the UCF COM rate.

Orlando Airport Marriott: 7499 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, Florida 32822 – Ph: 407-851-9000 Seasonal Rates range from: $109/night UCF COM (plus tax & fees). Call hotel directly and ask for the UCF COM rate.

Holiday Inn – Orlando International Airport: 5750 T G Lee Blvd., Orlando, FL 32822 – Ph: 407-851-6400 Rates start at $99/night for UCF COM (plus tax & fees) Book at: UCF College of Medicine

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton: 5460 Gateway Village Circle, Orlando, FL 32812 – Ph: 407-857-2830 Seasonal Rates at $99/night for UCF COM


We would like to thank The Diebel Legacy Fund at the Community Foundation of Central Florida for helping to make this conference possible.

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