Weill Cornell Global Health

Australia: University of Sydney Medical School


Sydney, Australia. Photo taken by: Madelon Finkel, PhD


The Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest medical faculty undertaking teaching and research in health and medicine of international standing. It is part of the University's Faculties of Health, the largest and most comprehensive grouping of health and medical education and research in the Asia Pacific region. The University of Sydney’s Faculties of Health began collaborating on international issues in 1998 with the advent of the College of Health Sciences. The Faculties of Health International Office, established in 2007, now called the Office for Global Health, continues this work and aims to provide analysis, leadership, program development, support and advice to the University’s health faculties, their staff and students. Supporting the University of Sydney's position as one of Australia's leading research institutions, the Office for Global Health aims to further improve its international position by encouraging high-quality and high-impact research with international partners and leading universities from around the world. Another goal is contribute to building research capacity in developing countries in our region.

Weill Cornell’s Office of Global Health Education and the University of Sydney formally established a student exchange program in 2005. Under this program, 1-2 Weill Cornell students spend up to 8 weeks in Sydney. WCMC students are placed in a clinical elective of choice (medicine, surgery, dermatology, anesthesia, etc) at one of the teaching hospitals in Sydney as well as spend one week at the hospital in Broken Hill in the Outback. The urban/rural focus enables our students to appreciate how health care is delivered in different settings. Up to 5 University of Sydney student spend up to 8 weeks at WCMC and are placed in a clinical elective of their choice. This cross-cultural experience is the hallmark of this exchange program.

In addition to the vibrant student exchange program, faculty members at each medical college have initiated collaborative research projects. Dr Madelon Finkel, Weill Cornell Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director of the Office of Global Health Education, and Dr Lyndal Trevena, Associate Dean (International) and Director of the Office for Global Health at the University of Sydney, are collaborating on a cervical cancer screening project with colleagues in rural India, for example.

For those Weill Cornell students who are interested in earning a MPH degree, the University of Sydney School of Public Health offers a one-year degree program. Students can earn either a Master of Public Health or a Masters of International Public Health. The former Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, the forerunner to the School of Public Health, was the oldest and largest department of public health in Australia. It was originally established in 1930 as the Commonwealth School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and was incorporated into the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney in 1987. Today the School of Public Health is a vibrant organic network of individuals, research groups and centers that offers a wide range of educational and research opportunities for students. The School of Public Health comprises a network of individuals, research groups and centers that offer a wide range of educational and research opportunities in a variety of public health associated areas of study.

India: Christian Medical College

The Christian Medical College (CMC) was founded by Dr. Ida Scudder, the American missionary. The story of Ida Scudder's visionary mission begins The Weill Cornell program in Haiti began in 1980 with the establishment of a unit for the study and treatment of infantile diarrhea at the State University Hospital and Medical School... Haiti is suffering from a cholera outbreak and was hit by Hurricane Tomas last weekend. We face four challenges related to the cholera outbreak and the hurricane. In the two years since the 2010 earthquake, GHESKIO has responded to the needs of over 250,000 community members. With GHESKIO's support, over half of the residents in the tent city have found jobs and returned to their communities to rebuild their homes. GHESKIO now... Dr. Cynthia Riviere - WCMC-GHESKIO and Dr. Arash Rafii Tabrizi - WCMC-Qatar are co-authors on a paper on cervical cancer in Haiti. They provide on-going cervical cancer screening and clinical care to women at the GHESKIO Health Clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Rates of cervical cancer disproportionately affect women in the Caribbean, Latin American and Africa. NYPH/WCMC/WCMC-Q global health investigators and cancer specialists recently published a report in the Cancer Prevention Research journal discussing the potential benefits of aspirin in cervical cancer prevention...