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 MUSC's Global Outreach 

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Thanks to over fifty faculty and staff members who are frequently accompanied by residents and students, MUSC's global outreach has included diverse research and clinical missions around the globe.  

Examples of this global outreach include Dr. Cindy Swenson, a director of Project OKURASE in Ghana, along with medical coordinator Dr. Eve Spratt, who are developing a school, job training programs, a medical center and homes for foster families who will raise orphaned children. In Tanzania, a group of MUSC neurosurgeons, led by Drs. Dilantha Ellegala and Sunil Patel train practitioners in neurosurgery skills in a newly established rural clinic. Also in Tanzania, Dr. Andrea Summer is Director for the clinical elective at Selian Lutheran Hospital for medical students and pediatric residents.

The first European program of Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) launched in Cambridgeshire, England, is supported by Drs. Cindy Swenson, Scott Henggeler, Cindy Schaeffer and Elena Tuerk. In Quito, Ecuador, Dr. Mark Barry led a group of CODM students and dentists to provide care.  In Thailand, Dr. Lisa Vandemark visited three Northeastern villages to collect data on community perceptions of health and disease.  Last year, urologist Dr. Eric Rovner and Dr. Brett Lebed, journeyed to Cape Coast, Ghana, for a mission with International Healthcare Volunteers and worked at a regional hospital.

These are only a few examples of the tremendous work our faculty, staff and students are providing throughout the world. Anticipating that MUSC’s global outreach will expand in coming years, the Office of University Communications is creating a database of overseas opportunities for students led by our own faculty.  Please keep us up-to-date about these efforts by dropping a line to Dr. Linda Austin at austinl@musc.edu.

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