UMN-IOM Partnership Delivers Trainings to United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) Physicians in Kampala and Amman

January 14, 2019

In December, the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility organized two trainings for United Nations Agency for Migration (IOM) clinicians in Kampala, Uganda and Amman, Jordan. These trainings - led by trainers from the University of Minnesota and its partners - occurred within the framework of a partnership between the University of Minnesota and IOM to help build the agency’s capacity to conduct health assessments and ensure the safe travel of US-bound refugees.

In Kampala, a four-day training was held to advance the work on a UMN-IOM physical examination training initiative that began in late 2017 under the leadership of Dr. Andrew Olson and Dr. Bill Stauffer. Physicians from IOM missions across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East participated in an interactive and hands-on training to strengthen both their physical examination skills and their ability to train and provide feedback to their IOM colleagues in the field. This training built on trainings held in Asia and East Africa earlier in 2018. The training also included visits to the Sickle Cell Clinic at Mulago Hospital and the Uganda Cancer Institute.

Brett Hendel-Patterson knees in front of a child, demonstrating a physical exam. Several other physicians look on.

The training team for Kampala included:

  • Bradley Benson, Chief Academic Officer, MHealth-FV Health System and Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School 
  • Arun Chandran, Physician, Mount Auburn Hospital 
  • Brett Hendel-Paterson, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School; Physician, Regions Hospital
  • Philip Kasirye, Director of the Sickle Cell Clinic, Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)
  • Benji Mathews, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School; Physician, Regions Hospital
  • Victor Musiime, Pediatrician and Senior Lecturer, Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda)
  • Andrew Olson, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School 
  • Anne Pereira, Assistant Dean for Curriculum, University of Minnesota Medical School

In a separate training in Amman, experts from the University of Minnesota and its partners led small-group trainings for physicians from IOM missions across the Middle East and North Africa. These trainings included both clinic-based training and small group workshops. Topics focused on aviation medicine and travel considerations for complex patients commonly seen by IOM, including pediatric patients with neurological conditions and patients with blood disorders.

Group of UMN trainers and staff at an historical site in Amman, Jordan.

The training team for Amman included:

  • Elizabeth Dawson-Hahn, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington; Physician at Harborview Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital 
  • Troy Lund, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics 
  • Peter Melchert, Physician, Abbott Northwestern Hospital 
  • Laura Speltz, Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Department of Neurology