Global Health Council’s 37th Annual International Conference: New Investigators in Global Health Call for Abstracts

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The Global Health Council is inviting authors eligible for the New Investigators in Global Health (NIGH) program to submit abstracts to its annual international conference. The conference is to be held June 14–18, 2010, in Washington, D.C., and is themed “Dateline 2010: Global Health Goals & Metrics.”

According to the council website, “the NIGH program is open to all students currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in a health-related field or to new professionals who have received their terminal degree in a health-related field within the past two years (i.e., graduating in or since May 2008).”

The deadline for NIGH abstract submission is December 1, 2009.

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FAIMER Research Scientist Leads Roundtable on Brain Drain

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Danette W. McKinley, Ph.D., Research Scientist, led a roundtable session at the Global Health Council’s 33rd Annual International Conference on Global Health on June 1, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Dr. McKinley’s presentation, Measuring Brain Drain: Combining Data Sources for Effective Analysis, examined the migration of highly skilled health care workers from less developed countries to more developed countries.

The session was based on a current investigation describing the characteristics and workforce pathways of physicians educated in sub-Saharan Africa who applied for ECFMG Certification between 1990 and 2004. Several data sources were used to quantify the emigration of physicians educated in Africa to the United States over this 15-year period. The study provides an example of how a combination of data sources can be used to inform “brain drain” discussions.