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Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway News Update for October 16, 2023

October 16, 2023
by Tracy Rabin and Sheela Shenoi

Greetings to all,

Please save the date for our first Global Health Night Out of the academic year – Wednesday, November 1st from 6:30-8pm. The event will be held in person and dinner will be provided. For those who are new Global Health Night Out, these are held 3-4 times per year with the goal of providing opportunities to connect with other global health-interested trainees, students, and faculty from across the University around topics of general interest. The sessions are typically focused around 1-2 key readings but do not adhere to a strict journal club format. Our resident leaders will have the opportunity to prepare the session together with Dr. Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, a visiting colleague from Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda who is the lead physician on the Mulago Hospital Hematology Unit and is a Senior Research Scientist at the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University. The discussion will be focused on global issues in sickle cell anemia; if you are interested in co-presenting this session, please let Tracy know ASAP so that we can connect you with the rest of the team.

New and Notable

· NEJM Oct 2023: Yellow Jack’s Potential Return to the American South (yellow fever)

· Lancet Global Health Oct 2023: The challenging road to universal health coverage

· Lancet Global Health Oct 2023: Diabetes risk and provision of diabetes prevention activities in 44 low-income and middle-income countries: a cross-sectional analysis of nationally representative, individual-level survey data

· Lancet Global Health Oct 2023: A cardiovascular polypill for secondary stroke prevention in a tertiary centre in Ghana (SMAART): a phase 2 randomised clinical trial

· BMJ Global Health Oct 2023: Taxation of tobacco, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened beverages: reviewing the evidence and dispelling the myths

Upcoming Local Events: October

  • Tuesday, October 17th @ 7pm: Where the Sun Rarely Goes – 12-minute documentary about MSF (Medicine Sans Frontiers/Doctors Without Borders) in a Russian Prison. Register here.
  • Wednesday, October 18th @ 12-1pm (315 Cedar Street, Room 103): YSM Program for Humanities in Medicine presents, “On Storytelling, Writing & Medical Detective Work: Dr. Suzanne O’Sullivan in conversation with Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein.” For more information, click here.
  • Wednesday, October 18th @ 1-2:30pm (Zoom): Boston University School of Public Health presents, “The Role of Academic Global Health: Reckoning With Our Past, Present, and Future” (panel presentation). For more information and to register, please click here.
  • Thursday October 19th @ 830am (Fitkin/Zoom): YSM Department of Internal Medicine’s Medical Grand Rounds: “Improving Clinical Outcomes for Special Populations: From Epidemiology to Advocacy” by Kathleen Akgun, MD (YSM Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine).
  • Thursday October 19th @12-130pm at Sterling Hall 201: Film Screening and Discussion: Chronicle of an Uncertain Time.America Facundo, PhD will join us for a documentary viewing and discussion on the experience of the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of medical students in Puerto Rico. The impact of the pandemic on Puerto Rican society and the social determinants of health are also analyzed. Lunch will be provided.
  • Thursday October 19th @ 1210-145pm at Calabresi Faculty Lounge, Yale Law School: Human Rights Workshop: Toto Kisaku, “Self Care as an Activism”.
  • Friday October 20th @ 12pm: Using Qualitative Thematic Analysis to Explore Financial Donor and Recipient Collaboration in Liberia. For zoom link, email
  • Tuesday, October 24, at 7 pm ET with Dr. Uché Blackstock, an emergency physician and breakout public voice of the pandemic, for a frank conversation about bias and racism in medicine and health care with OpEd Project leader and physician Dr. Amanda Calhoun. Register here (sliding scale fee structure).
  • Thursday October 26th @ 12-1pm: Addressing Emerging Public Health Challenges in Cambodia by Yem Sokunthea, Health Economist; Chham Savina, Research Fellow; Mao Sovathiro, Researcher; National Institute of Public Health, Cambodia
  • Thursday Nov 2nd @12-1pm(60 College Street, Winslow Auditorium): YSPH Global Health Seminar presents “HIV-TB in sub-Sahara Africa by Dr. Luke Davis, YSPH

Past Trainings & Recordings Available:

Additional Information:

  • The application platform is open for the Department of Internal Medicine’s Cross-Distinction Resident Academic Fund! Through this fund, residents will have the opportunity to apply for awards of up to $500 per year. This money is intended to cover costs associated with presenting your Distinction Pathway-related work at a local, regional, national, or international conference, or other academic activities related to your participation in the Distinction Pathway. All Distinction Pathway residents are encouraged to apply, however, preference will be given to PGY-3s and PGY-4s, as well as (in the future) residents who have not previously received an award from this fund. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis -


Tracy and Sheela

Co-Directors, Yale Global Health & Equity Distinction Pathway

Submitted by Laura P Crawford on October 17, 2023