For more information contact: Boonshoft School of Medicine, Judi Engle, Office of Public Relations, (937) 775-2951

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2006

Medical Students hold Symposium on Global Health

DAYTON, OH--Medical students from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will host the first Global Health Symposium on Wednesday, March 29, at 6:30 p.m., in the Student Union Multipurpose Room, Wright State University campus. The event is open to the public and to the faculty, staff, and students of Wright State University.

The theme for the event is "Global Health: A Reason to Care." The keynote speaker is Scott McKeon, D.O., of Doctors Without Borders. A silent auction to support scholarships to help offset travel expenses for students going to underserved countries will be held during the event.

In early 2005, McKeon traveled to Sri Lanka as part of an international team responding to the Indian Ocean tsunami. He was the primary physician on the team and remained for a month. Afterwards, he also worked for several weeks in two refugee camps in the Darfur region of the Sudan where he provided primary health care and treated severely malnourished children. McKeon received his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine at Doctors Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Global Health Initiative (GHI) was established by Wright State's medical students to educate and promote issues on global health and the growing impact these have on the United States. The organization's mission is to enhance the education of medical students by facilitating their exposure to both the medical issues facing people in other countries and the medical issues of persons in this country who have immigrated from other countries, and in so doing, to inspire greater compassion, social justice, and empathy within Wright State's future physicians.

GHI provides medical students with encouragement and opportunities to travel to developing countries where health issues are prevalent. For example, Wright State's fourth-year medical students (Class of 2006) participated in several medical service trips lasting from two weeks to a month in 2005: Papua, New Guinea; the Philippines; Nigeria; Ecuador; and Guatemala. Other classes organized medical service trips to Belize, Haiti, Swaziland, Honduras and Costa Rica.

For more information about the event or to register, contact Creagh Boulger at (937) 269-2283 or by e-mail at boulger.2@wright.edu by March 22. Silent auction donations are gratefully accepted, with all business contributions recognized in the program.