<P>18 TULANE | MEDICINE FALL 2013 tulane.edu/som In 2001 Niyogi took a year off from medical school to volunteer at Aarohi Arogya Kendra, a rural clinic in Satoli, India, in the Himalayas. Among other duties, she taught basic health education, physiology and anatomy classes. She also developed and distributed supply kits to pregnant women to assure safe deliveries. The experience ignited such passion in Niyogi that she has traveled abroad again and again to bring desperately needed training and treatment to some of the worlds poorest countries. In Ghana, she developed and implemented a training course in emergency medicine. In Uganda, she assisted with rounds in the palliative care and infectious disease wards. And on a return trip to India, she helped train birth attendants and treat severely undernourished children, including a 16-month-old girl who weighed about 13 pounds—the average weight of a 4-month- old in the United States. Turning passion into practice Today Niyogi, a clinical assistant professor in internal medicine and pediatrics at Tulane University School of Medicine, is taking her passion to the next level. She joined forces with colleagues Dr. Susan McLellan and Dr. Nicholas Van Sickels to launch Tulanes ?rst global health track for residents. The Resident Initiative in Global Health at Tulane, also known as RIGHT, connects residents in internal medicine and pediatrics with one- and two- month rotations in Haiti, Peru, India and eventually Africa. The program helps residents prepare for careers in overseas clinical work, management of medical and public health programs in resource-poor areas, refugee and immigrant health, clinical travel and tropical medicine, and clinical research on global health issues. Besides overseas rotations, it incorporates seminars, case series lectures, a scholarly project, mentoring and opportunities to work with New Orleans–area clinics serving immigrant populations. I am committed to global health training because I have discovered ?rsthand how vitally important it is to learn from the experiences of those who have found themselves in similar places and to have discussions that revolve around the unique issues that come up when working under unfamiliar, often stressful and charged environments, Niyogi says. I hope that through the program we will be able to provide the mentorship, support these kinds of discussions and encourage supervised trainings so that our residents have the most meaningful experiences possible, while simultaneously providing at least some bene?t to the countries in which they work. Tulanes global legacy Tulanes history in the ?eld of tropical medicine makes the RIGHT program a ?tting addition to the universitys global health opportunities. The School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine has always had a strong international component, with students given myriad opportunities for overseas experiences. The Payson Center for International Development, housed in the Tulane School of Law, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that include internships and employment in Africa, Asia and Latin America. And medical school students have long found ways to include international experiences in their studies. Formal programs for residents include an advanced trauma life-support program in Southeast Asia and an anesthesiology rotation in China. And Tulane will soon partner with Ethiopias Ministry of Health to start a pediatric residency training program at St. Pauls Hospital in Addis Ababa. What sets RIGHT apart is that it is the ?rst formal global health option for most residents—beyond a few brief rotations—and the only program that requires them to participate in global health training and activities throughout their residency. Tulane actually started as a medical school focused on the study of tropical medicine, says program co-founder McLellan, an associate professor of clinical medicine and a clinical associate professor of tropical medicine. And Tulane has been doing ‘global health since before the term was being used. Weve always attracted people from all over the world, and weve always had involvement with other countries and with looking at the provision of health care, distribution of health care and inequities in health care. The RIGHT program is funded by the Piper Fellowship in memory of Derek Piper, a Tulane medical school graduate who traveled to Central America and Southeast Asia in 1999 to tackle global health issues. He died in 2006, and friends have funded global health endeavors at Tulane ever since. Off to a successful start RIGHT is launching with four residents: Drs. Melissa Reimer and Lawrence Purpura will travel this year, and Drs. Clara Engmann and Ariel Moses will travel next year. 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