Eleven current and former Fogarty International and Doris Duke clinical research fellows highlighted their research experience abroad and emphasized the value of U.S. investment in global HIV and tuberculosis programs during a visit to Capitol Hill earlier this month. Accompanied by Center for Global Health Policy staff, the group visited the offices of 15 key policymakers to discuss issues including linkages between HIV and cancer risks, the impact of HIV on maternal and child health, the value of international physician fellowship programs, and the education U.S. doctors acquire abroad and use to improve patient care in the U.S. when they return to this country.
The clinical research fellowships send medical students and young physicians with an interest in global health to sites in the developing world to perform a year of hands-on clinical research training. The U.S. fellows who participated in the Hill visits spent their year abroad either in Uganda, South Africa, Thailand, or Malawi. Their research projects ranged from monitoring antiretroviral treatment adherence among female South African patients with the use of text messaging and SMS, to evaluating treatment outcomes for Kaposi’s sarcoma patients undergoing combination chemotherapy for advanced or persistent disease in Malawi.
You can read more about the fellows and these fellowship programs on the Center’s blog, Science Speaks.
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