Monday February 14, 2011

Health Care at Home and Abroad

Author Tracy Kidder is keynote speaker for regional Health Care Symposium, which will focus on global health care and Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

The University of Dayton Premedical Programs and Miami Valley Hospital are sponsoring the region's second annual Health Care Symposium from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the University of Dayton Science Center. It is open to all physicians and health professionals as well as students interested in medical careers. Registration is required.

The symposium will feature two tracks, one focusing on global health care and the other on the Patient-Centered Medical Home and its future in primary care medical practice, particularly in Ohio. Afternoon sessions are targeted specifically to undergraduate students, with discussions on life in medical school, osteopathic medicine, dentistry and global service opportunities. Local physicians and medical students will lead the sessions.

Kidder will discuss current issues in global health care. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mountains Beyond Mountains (2003), a moving story that captures two global health crises — tuberculosis and AIDS — through the eyes of Dr. Paul Farmer, a physician committed to improving the health of some of the poorest people on Earth. In his 2009 book, Strength in What Remains, Kidder tells the story of a young man who escapes the horrors of genocide in Burundi to attend Columbia University and medical school, ultimately establishing his own clinic in Burundi.

"Listening to Tracy Kidder speak is a once in a lifetime opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering in medicine around the world," said biology major Glenna Knape, symposium planning committee member. "Mountains beyond Mountains is my favorite book and has inspired me to go on medical mission trips and pursue a career as a doctor in global health."

Physicians can earn up to 3.0 continuing medical education credits for attending the event.

The symposium is free to University of Dayton students. Registration is $50 for physicians and $10 for all other students. To register, visit http://premed.udayton.edu/symposium.htm. For more information, call 937-229-3545.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.