There Is Still Time to Register for IME Day 2015: Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future

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There is still time to register to participate virtually in FAIMER’s 2015 International Medical Education (IME) Day! Those who register by October 4 are guaranteed to receive advance materials; however, registration is expected to remain open through October 19.

Water and Health: Reducing Inequalities and Defining the Future is the title of this year’s IME Day, which will take place on October 21, 2015 in Philadelphia from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (UTC – 4). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Shannon Márquez of the Drexel University School of Public Health. Registration is now open for virtual participation.

In this highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop, Dr. Márquez will highlight and provoke discussion on interdisciplinary and interprofessional issues related to water and health. Here are some of the facts:

  • 2.5 billion people lack access to improved sanitation.
  • 1 billion people practice open defecation, nine out of ten in rural areas.
  • 748 million people lack access to improved drinking-water and it is estimated that 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking-water that is fecally contaminated.

Shannon Márquez
Dr. Márquez is the Associate Vice Provost for Global Health and International Development at Drexel University. She serves as the Director of Drexel’s Global Health Program and Principal Investigator of the National Institutes of Health funded Opening Doors for Health Disparities Research Training Program at the Drexel University School of Public Health.

Dr. Márquez’s research and scholarly work focuses on water, sanitation, and hygiene promotion (WASH); the environmental burden of disease in developing countries; and capacity-building and health systems strengthening. As Associate Vice Provost, she also oversees the Dornsife Global Development Scholars Program, which leverages an exciting capacity-building partnership between Drexel and World Vision to provide international field training in WASH, global health, and international development and funding. The program offers faculty/student research, six-month student co-op experiences, and summer experiences in 19 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Márquez holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from The UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health, a Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University. At Drexel, she teaches courses in WASH, global health ethics, health aspects of WASH, and public health in developing countries to online students located around the world. She also oversees a number of global health research and training activities in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa on behalf of Drexel.

We invite you to join us as a virtual participant in IME Day 2015! Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

(posted July 28, 2015; updated September 25, 2015)