November 2015

2015 Annual Meeting: Santiago, Chile

Members from sixteen universities gathered for the 15th annual U21 Health Sciences Group Meeting in Santiago, Chile. Held 21-25 September at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, the focus of discussion was: “Public Health to Professionalism: The Challenge of Integration in Health Sciences.” Approximately 173 Faculty and Staff attended, along with 21 students from Tecnológico de Monterrey.  In addition to dynamic presentations from speakers around the world, the program also included a Doctoral Student Forum, along with interdisciplinary workshops on the following projects/themes:  Social Media in Health Education, the UN Millennium Develop Goals, Simulation, Milestones for Professional Development, Faculty Development and Teacher Training.

  • Media: Pictures from the event(s) can be found here. The meeting was also featured in the local newspaper.
  • Feedback is appreciated:  Attendees can provide their suggestions about the annual meeting here.
  • Participant List: This will be available on our website in the coming weeks.

The U21 HSG would like to warmly thank Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile for their dedication and efforts to make the 2015 annual meeting a memorable and productive event.  A special thank you to each of the presenters, discipline leads, workshop chairs and other contributors whose time and energy are greatly appreciated. 

Project Proposal Deadline (Feb 2016)

The U21 HSG Executive Committee is inviting proposals for project funding in 2016. The deadline for proposals is February 29, 2016. This is an excellent opportunity for groups to come forward with exciting ideas for new programs/projects or for existing projects who may be taking a new strategic direction. Please email for more information.

Global Learning Partnership (April 2016)

The GLP will be reinstated following it’s cancelation in 2015 due to the earthquake that hit Nepal. U2 1 HSG institutions have partnered with Kathmandu University to develop a four week program starting April 17, 2016 where U21 HSG and KU students will engage in classroom and field work involving communities and outreach clinics. This is a unique opportunity for HSG students to participate in an interdisciplinary global health experience. Application deadlines are in discussion and will be communicated widely. Read More

Summer School 2016 (July 2016)

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) has been selected to host the 2016 HSG Summer School which will be held July 11-23, 2016. The theme is “early critical windows of preventative interventions.” Students will learn the importance of how preventative interventions in maternal and infant health can fight chronic diseases later in life.  This interdisciplinary, two week course will be open to all U21 HSG students and will accommodate 15-30 individuals. This will be a unique opportunity to experience South American winter!  The application timeline will be disseminated shortly. Information can be found here.

Next Annual Meeting: Birmingham (Sept 2016)

The 16th annual U21 HSG annual meeting will be hosted by the University of Birmingham from Sept 12-16, 2016. The proposed theme of the meeting is “Resolving Global Health issues leading to improvements in Health and Well Being.”  Planning is underway; stay tuned for information here.

2017 Annual Meeting: South Africa

We are thrilled to announce that the 17th annual U21 HSG annual meeting will be in South Africa, hosted by the University of Johannesburg. The proposed start dates will be September 18th or 27th. This information will be communicated widely, once confirmed.

Teaching Excellence Award: 2015 Recipients

It is with great pleasure to announce that Allison Mandrusiak from the University of Queensland and Hong Gao from Fudan University are the recipients of the inaugural U21 HSG Teaching Excellence Award. Dr. Mandrusiak, representing the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and Dr. Gao, the Faculty of Medicine, were nominated by their institutions as leaders in health education and selected amongst nine talented candidates for this award. Drs. Mandrusiak and Gao will be delivering an interprofessional workshop at the 2016 U21 HSG meeting in Birmingham.  Learn more about Allison and Hong here.
Details for the 2016 award will be disseminated in the coming weeks. Recipients of the 2016 Teaching Excellence Award will have their travel sponsored to deliver a workshop and attend the 2017 HSG annual meeting in Johannesburg!

Social Media in Health Education Project: Video Competition Winners

During the annual meeting in Santiago, attendees voted on the Social Media for Education in Heath video competition submissions and selected three winning teams who will receive a $500 Amazon gift card. The videos illustrated the use and/or impact of social media on knowledge sharing and education in health.  The number one video was submitted by Cristián Bonilla, Richard Orellana, Angela Rioseco, and Daniela Fuente from PUC on the topic of:  What is social media and how it is used in education?

All five videos can be found here. Thank you to each of the teams for their fantastic contributions

HSG UN Millennium Development Goals: Celebration Video

During a workshop held in Santiago, there was unanimous support that the U21 HSG UNMDG initiative transition alongside the United Nations to focus on the Sustainable Development Goals. Strategic planning is underway on how this initiative will grow and become aligned with the UN’s sustainable development agenda.  Students from Tecnológico de Monterrey created the following video in celebration of the milestones achieved thus far.