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Residents Complete Global Health Track

Residents listen to a speaker during the global health residency track.

Residents listen to a speaker during the global health residency track.

Sixteen IU School of Medicine residents completed the requirements for the interdisciplinary Global Health Residency Track and received certificates from the IU Center for Global Health this spring.

The Global Health Residency Track began nearly a decade ago and is unique because it welcomes residents from a variety of specialties. Mentor physicians lead the residents to better understanding of the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that contribute to health and disease throughout the world.

“Congratulations to these residents who voluntarily accept the additional commitment required to be part of the global health track in addition to their other residency requirements,” said Jenny Baenziger, MD, associate director of education for the IU Center for Global Health. “We look forward to seeing how these physicians use this experience to address health disparities and global health issues domestically and internationally,” she continued.

Since its inception, 78 residents have completed the track requirements including participating in quarterly half-day conferences, completing a scholarly project and an international field elective or local global health rotation. Many participants complete their field experience at AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya where Indiana University has had a partnership for more than 30 years.

Completing the track this year are:

  • Melanie Capobiano (pediatrics)
  • Karen (Karenjeet) Chahal (family medicine)
  • Cori (Corissa) Dionisio (pediatrics/psychology/child psychology)
  • Sara Johnson (pediatrics)
  • Mohammed Jomha (family medicine)
  • Shelly Lash (neonatology fellow)
  • Allison (Allie) Lyle (pediatrics)
  • Crystal Nnenne Azu (medicine)
  • Kazia Parsons (family medicine)
  • Derek Pinkerton (medicine-pediatrics)
  • Michelle Polich (pediatrics)
  • Russell Purpura (medicine)
  • Eric Raynal (pediatrics)
  • Nomi Sherwin (pediatrics)
  • Blair Suter (medicine-pediatrics)
  • Gloria Tran (medicine-pediatrics)

Application for the track are accepted each year in January. For more information contact Dr. Baenziger.

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Debbie Ungar

Assistant Director of Communications

As assistant director of communications for the IU Center for Global Health and AMPATH, Debbie shares stories about the university's partnerships to improve health care in Kenya and around the world. Contact her at 317-278-0827 or