Regional Clinical Symposiums

Regional symposiums explore emerging issues in clinical medicine and facilitate research and networking opportunities for clinical students at AUC

AUC organizes annual regional symposia for clinical students and faculty in the United States and United Kingdom. These events offer students opportunities to present research and lead oral discussions on emerging issues in clinical medicine. The location of symposia rote on an annual basis to provide students at clinical sites across the United States and United Kingdom with an opportunity to participate. 

2018 US Clinical Symposium - Northeast Region


The Northeast Regional Symposium will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Doral Arrowwood Resort in Rye Brook, New York. With the theme of global health, this event will showcase student and clinical faculty work on topics related to international medicine.

Dr. Majid Sadigh, Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at the Western Connecticut Health Network and director of Global Health at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, will deliver this year's keynote address. Dr. Sadigh is an expert in global health and has traveled the world in support of humanitarian aid efforts. He has extensive training in infectious disease with particular focus on addressing and fighting the HIV epidemic. In 2016, he was honored with the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Healthcare Hero award.

The symposium will include a physician-led panel on challenges facing global health and six student presentations addressing issues related to international medicine. AUC clinical students in the tristate area and beyond are encouraged to submit proposals for consideration. Submission guidelines and criteria are noted below.

The program will begin at 9:00 a.m. with presentations and panel discussion ending by 5:00 p.m. Attendees are invited to a pre-session breakfast from 8:00-9:00 a.m. and a hosted reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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*Registration will close on Friday, April 27, 2018


Symposium Program

Morning Session

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Breakfast and Registration (Location – Ballroom Foyer)

9:00 – 9:10 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Robert Hecht, MD, AUC’s Associate Clinical Dean – US

9:10 – 9:30 AM
Student Presentation #1
An Unfortunate Truth: Climate Change, Health Impacts, and Increased Outbreak of Vibrio Cholera
Presenters: Andre Ward and Joseph Hong

9:30 – 9:50 AM
Student Presentation #2
Cervical Cancer: A Global Burden on Women’s Health
Presenters: Austin McEvoy, Kevin Spence and Elizabeth Swezey

9:50 – 10:10 AM
Global Health Elective student reflections, photographs and poster presentations on display
outside the lecture hall (Ballroom Foyer)

10:10 – 11:40 AM
Faculty Panel Discussion
Ethical Dilemmas in Short Term Electives in Global Health
Moderator: Majid Sadigh, MD
Panelists: Bulat Ziganshin, MD – Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT; Tanya Rogo, MD – Bronx Lebanon Medical Center, Bronx NY; Eric Pena, MD – Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, NY; Paul Nanda, MD – Fast Track Urgent Care Center, S. Tampa, FL

11:40 – 12:40 PM
Keynote Address
My Heart Burns: Three Words Form a Memoir
Presenter: Majid Sadigh, MD, Trefz Family Endowed Chair in Global Health at the Western Connecticut Health Network and Director of Global Health at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine

12:40 – 1:40 PM
Lunch (Location - Atrium Restaurant)
Open seating

Special interest tables:
Family Medicine table host – Derek Anderson, MD
Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Specialist, Ochsner Health System and AUC’s Clinical Chair for Family Medicine and Lead Clinical Chair

Internal Medicine table host – Howard Schubiner, MD
Adolescent Medicine Specialist and Director of the Mind-Body Medicine at Providence – Providence Park Hospital, Southfield, Michigan and AUC’s Clinical Chair for Internal Medicine

Obstetrics & Gynecology table host – Sophia Stone, MD
Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, UK and AUC’s Clinical Chair for OB/GYN

Pediatrics table host – Manny Agah, MD
AUC’s Clinical Chair for Pediatrics

Afternoon Session

1:40 – 2:00 PM
Student Presentation #3
Diabetic Complications: A Growing Global Health Crisis
Chasing the Zebra: A Rare Case of Meningitis
Presenters: Emily Bergstrom, Melissa Bunke, Yehia El-Hajjar,
Rudy Forte, Jasper Nutt

2:00 – 2:40 PM
WCHN Global Health Elective Program
Presenter: Bulat Ziganshin, MD, Research Director, Aortic Institute at Yale New Haven and AUC Global Health Elective Director since July 2016

2:40 – 3:10 PM
Student Presentation #4
Global Health: Implementing Sustainable Frameworks of Care
Presenters: Gloria Cheung and Janice Hanawi

3:10 – 3:30 PM
Global Health Elective student reflections, photographs and poster presentations on display outside the lecture hall

3:30 – 3:50 PM
Student Presentation #5
Refugee Mental Health: A Global Health Crisis?
Presenters: Samuel Malian and Laylan Shali

3:50 – 4:10 PM
Student Presentation #6
Presenters: Clinton Gunn, Constance Steinmann and Timothy Martin

4:10 – 4:30 PM
Student Presentation #7
An Arbovirus Abroad: Service-Learning at AUC
Presenter: Constantine Kanakis

4:30 – 5:00 PM
Closing Remarks and Presentation of Student Awards
Robert Hecht, MD, Kimberly Kirkland, PsyD, Stephen Ash, MD, Ian Scobie, MD

5:00 – 7:00 PM
Evening Reception and Cocktail Hour (Lobby Lounge)
Hosted by: Dave Jones, AUC’s Director of Student and Alumni Relations


Call for Student Presentations

The call for student presentations has closed.


Call for Global Health Elective Posters

Students who have completed a Global Health Elective through the Western Connecticut Health Network's Global Health Program are invited to participate in a poster and photograph exhibition. Posters can include photographs and personal reflections related to an experience while rotating abroad. 

Submissions must be sent to Dr. Robert Hecht, Associate Clinical Dean for the US, at by 5:00 PM EST on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.



AUC will be organizing transportation for clinical students based out of Danbury Hospital, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, and Nassau University Medical Center.


CME Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through joint providership of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
College Cognate Credit(s)

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.75 Category 1 College Cognate Credits. The College has a reciprocity agreement with the AMA that allows AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to be equivalent to College Cognate Credits.