Partnerships and Current Activities

Efforts are underway to develop global health partnerships and increase the global health content and experience within the medical school curriculum. Several CMS faculty are working globally. Partnerships are coalescing and will become active in 2012. University-wide engagement in global health initiatives is growing.

Current activities

Hope of Children and Women Victim of Violence (HOCW) in Uganda is a non-governmental organization, NGO, that provides education, job skills, English classes and access to health care for refugees assimilating into Uganda. RFUMS is developing a formal partnership where RFUMS faculty and students facilitate health education, staff development, program assessment and enhancement of health services to support HOCW’s mission.

University of Michoacan San Nicolás de Hidalgo Medical School in Mexico and Chicago Medical School through an affiliation with Heartland Alliance are collaborating to develop faculty, transform curriculum and enhance information resources for both medical schools. The shared vision is improved health services to underserved indigenous, rural and urban populations through medical education that prepares physicians in both countries to meet the health care needs of the poor.

Heartland Alliance a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, IL advances the human rights and responds to the human needs of endangered populations—particularly the poor, the isolated, and the displaced—through the provision of comprehensive and respectful services and the promotion of permanent solutions leading to a more just global society. CMS partners with Heartland Alliance in global health efforts within and beyond the borders of the US.

What our faculty do

Arthur L. Cantos, Ph.D. CClinPsychol
Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Training Department of Psychology

Arthur L. Cantos, Ph.D. CClinPsychol will be presenting at a conference in Argentina in September. He was director of mental health in Gibraltar and as such steered the mental health group to develop a mental health strategy in addition to creating a primary care mental health service for the citizens of Gibraltar and implementing a dating violence prevention program for high school students in Gibraltar. He has also given lectures at various universities in Spain. 

Kwang-Poo Chang
Professor - Microbiology and Immunology

Kwang-Poo Chang has been organizing leishmaniacs worldwide and chairs the scientific committee for the international conference of Leishmania and Leishmaniasis every four years; he participates in NIH study sections to review grants for international programs, e. g. Tropical Medicine Research Center; collaborates with colleagues for research in various countries, e. g. Brazil, China, Colombia, Japan, Turkey and Taiwan and engages in scholarly activities of bilingual research, teaching and seminars in China and Taiwan.

Raúl J. Gazmuri MD, PhD, FCCM
Director, Resuscitation Institute
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Physiology & Biophysics

Raúl J. Gazmuri has published extensively in the field of resuscitation and critical care medicine and lectures at national and international scientific events. He conducts basic science research in resuscitation from cardiac arrest and hemorrhagic shock and presents part of this work at scientific venues nationally and abroad. He recently returned from a Conference on Cardiac Arrest, Shock, and Trauma organized in the memory of his mentor, Dr. Max Harry Weil who died last year. He presented part of their work in resuscitation, emphasizing the importance of mitochondrial protection, and participated in various panels along with world experts in resuscitation. The conference took place at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan, Italy.

Lecia Apantaku, M.D., FACS

Dr. Apantaku has assumed responsibility for enhancing the Innsbruck Austria exchange program, exploring development of local (US) global health partnership opportunities and providing additional support for medical student global health electives. She serves as a member of the RFUMS Global Health Working Board and has been a faculty advisor for the student organization Salud ofrecida a Latinos. 

Inis Jane Bardella, M.D., FAAFP

In addition to developing global health partnerships for Chicago Medical School and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, directing medical student global health electives and mentoring students interested in global health, Inis Jane Bardella, M.D., FAAFP works globally to develop medical education and family medicine. Dr. Bardella has worked in Kyrgyzstan and Rwanda.  Currently her efforts are focused in Albania, Kosovo and the Democratic Republic of Congo.