GLOBALtimore Fellows 2020-21

The Center for Global Engagement is pleased to announce the 2020 GLOBALtimore Fellows!
The selected Fellows are faculty members from four UMB schools – the Medicine, Dentistry, Social Work and Graduate schools – who will take their interest in curricular internationalization to the next level by integrating global concepts into new virtual or existing courses in their respective schools.
The priority focus of the 2020-21 cohort is Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) courses. This initiative is part of the internationalization process currently underway on campus.

Global Content in First-Year Dental Course

First-year dental students enroll in a course called PROF 518 (Profession and Professionalism) which provides an overview of skills necessary to “provide care to patients with diverse backgrounds, values, beliefs and behaviors and to work as an effective member of a healthcare team.

The GLOBALitmore Teaching Fellowship will provide the foundation needed to incorporate global learning in the course. Topics such as dental ethics, leadership in healthcare, cultural competency, professionalism, and communication will be examined through a global lens.
Course Instructors:
Kate Noonan, PhD, MSEd
Senior Director, Special Projects for the Dean
Fotini V. Anagnostopoulos-King, DMD 
Clinical Director and Clinical Assistant Professor

Headshots of Kate Noonan and Fotini V. Anagnostopoulos-King

Intercultural Leadership Competencies for Global Collaboration

In this COIL course, health profession students from the UMB and the Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health in Brazil will learn about cultural awareness, cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural ethics, global health promotion, relationship building, trans-cultural evaluation tools, and cross-cultural crisis management.

The overall goal of this course is to offer an intercultural, interprofessional and collaborative learning environment where students will be exposed to different perspectives related to healthcare and health promotion and will be guided to apply what they will learn in their respective professions as they practice in the local communities and collaborate globally.
Course Instructor:
Isabel Rambob, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Dentistry

Caroline Feitosa, PhD
Medical School Faculty, Bahiana School of Medicine and Public Health, Brazil

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Social Justice Practice in Divided Cities

Baltimore, Maryland and Haifa, Israel are diverse post-industrial cities facing similar challenges. University of Haifa, UMB, and Yezreel Valley College are public institutions committed to training professionals to provide services within diverse communities that experience inequality, discrimination, and tensions among populations.

The Socially Justice Practice seminar is an international, inter-professional academic program designed to:
  1. Encourage students to reflect on social justice implications of their professional practice; 
  2. Identify hurdles and opportunities for promoting social justice across disciplines, cultures, and social systems; and
  3. Share global knowledge that can inform their future practice
Course Instructor:
Corey Shdaimah, LL.M., PhD
Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice
Academic Coordinator, MSW/JD and MSW/MPP Dual Degree Programs,
School of Social Wok
Roni Strier, Phd
Department of Social Work; Director, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Poverty and Social Exclusion, University of Haifa, Israel
Dassi Postan-Aizik, Phd
Dept. of Social Work, Yezreel Valley College, Israel
Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Poverty and Social Exclusion, University of Haifa, Israel

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Language as an Equalizer

This COIL course provides an overview of the impact of language in healthcare systems and tools to integrate language in the care of clients and patients. It discusses the challenges faced by persons with Limited English Proficiency, providers, and institutions, and delves into the laws and cultural standards behind language services.
In the United States, nine percent of the population doesn’t speak English. For them, language represents a barrier to good outcomes in public services, thus, Limited English Proficiency is yet another layer of disadvantage in the intersectional experience of refugees, immigrants, and citizens. Overcoming these barriers is a shared responsibility.
Course Instructor:
Carol G. Velandia Pardo, MBA, LMSW, PMP, CHI CEO
Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work
Equal Access Language Services LLC
Ana Maria Gomez Londono, PhD 

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Introduction to Global Health in Dentistry

In this interactive elective course, dental students will gain an overview of global health principles as they relate to oral health. We will explore major population trends at the global level, predict how global trends may affect oral health across the world, and compare them to local trends in Baltimore. We will define development goals and discuss how primary care can assist with successful oral health promotion and disease prevention. We will analyze the impact of global oral health improvement in terms of positive outcomes, ethical concerns, and unintended impacts.

Course Instructor:
Eve Desai, DDS
Clinical Instructor, School of Dentistry

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Surgery: Global Health's Neglected Stepchild

Surgery is essential for managing diverse health conditions – such as traumatic injuries, obstructed labor, malignancy, infections, and cardiovascular disease – and an indispensable component of a functioning health system. Five billion people worldwide lack access to safe and affordable surgical care, and it is estimated that surgical conditions account for 18% of the global burden of disease. In addition, 1.5 million deaths could be averted yearly with access to essential surgical procedures.
Although surgical disease remains a ranking killer of the world’s poor and despite this large burden, surgical services are not being delivered to many of the individuals who need them the most. An estimated 2 billion people lack access to even the most basic of surgical care. This need has not been widely acknowledged and priorities for investment in health systems’ surgical capacities have therefore only recently been investigated. Building capacity in a low resource setting for cost effective and safe surgical care is a complex problem requiring a deep understanding of how low resource health systems function; this also requires advocacy on all levels – from policy to an on the ground clinical perspective.
This course will delve into all aspects of improving surgical care globally, which will inevitably build global health care capacity as a whole.
Course Instructor:
Shailvi Gupta, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine
Thomas Scalea, MD
Physician in Chief at Shock Trauma Center
Sharon Henry, MD
Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine
Director of Wound Healing and Metabolism Division
Diane Marie St. George, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Program Director of the MPH Program
Vice Chair, EPH Academic Programs, School of Social Work

Headshot of Dr. Shailvi Gupta

Exploring Educational Interruptions Due to COVID 19 from the Narratives of Students in China and Maryland: A Qualitative Research Project

Social work students enrolled in a 15-week cross-cultural qualitative course teaching foundational skills of the qualitative method will be interviewing Chinese students in October 2020 about the interruptions to their lives as a result of lockdowns in the respective countries. Chinese students will receive four weeks of lecture about qualitative methods. Students from both countries will create semi-structured interviews, conduct and record the interview over a virtual platform, transcribe and analyze the results for a final collaborative report submitted by the UMB students.
Chinese students are not required to submit a final assignment so they will add research rigor to the report of the UMB students by reading and commenting.
Course Instructor:
Deborah Gioia, PhD, LCSW-C
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Xiaoou Man, PhD
School of Humanities and Law, Northeastern University

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Conversations on Approaches to Infectious Diseases Syndromes in Resource Diverse Settings

Longstanding and now emerging/re-emerging infectious disease threats continue to pose a major threat to the health of large portions of the world. These threats differ widely in terms of course and consequences for morbidity and mortality, and affect social and economic outcomes of large portions of the world.
This COIL course is designed to enable discussion of clinical cases, which might be more prevalent geographically in different locations of the world among trainees in Infectious Disease fellowship programs in these areas and to discuss unique aspects of clinical presentation. It is intended to increase awareness of differences in resource availability, share ideas that may be implemented locally, optimally adapt best practices in a relevant manner and to foster friendships/partnerships.
Course Instructor:
Shivakumar Narayanan, MBBS, MD
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Sarah Schmalzle, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Associate Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
David Riedel, MD
Associate Professor, School of Medicine
Ciheb Medical Director, Ciheb
Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Bharat Purandare, MBBS, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Bharati Vidyapeeth University in Pune, India

Headshot of Dr. Shivakumar Narayanan wearing a white medical jacket

International Perspectives in Aging

The population of the world is aging at an unprecedented rate. In 2018, worldwide and for the first time in history, people age 65 and older outnumbered children under age 5.
With a focus on the diversity found in later life, this educational COIL offering will engage participants in comparative analyses of topics such as the role of disability and active life expectancy; health and health care systems; long-term services and supports; work and retirement; families and caregiving; housing and age-friendly environments; the role of government and non-governmental organizations; and cultural competence in an aging world.
Course Instructor:
Diane Martin, PhD
Associate Professor, Graduate School
Director, GGEAR Program
Takashi Yamashita, PhD
UMBC/School of Medicine appointment
Yokohama National University

Headshot of Dr. Diane Martin