Paul B. Roth, M.D., dean of the UNM School of Medicine, has announced the creation of a new Office of International Health that will coordinate international health activities and integrate current international efforts within the School of Medicine, with other Health Sciences Center components and UNM's main campus.

Roth said that UNM is widely recognized as an innovator in medical education and international faculty and student exchanges help to broaden the mission and understanding of the UNM community. Students and residents who spend time as heath providers in third world countries also tend to be much more involved in health care of the under-served when they return to the U.S. and the ability to arrange consultations with other international institutions in the areas of research and education will allow the School of Medicine to disseminate innovations to a much broader audience in a shorter period of time.

"The Office of International Health will provide an excellent opportunity to bring together the many people and diverse departments who are currently working on international projects in education and research. By forming new partnerships and formal relationships with medical professionals in other nations, we can bring international advancements - and our own - to light," said Roth.

"This new office will help to internalize part UNM's stated mission to work as partners to expand and formalize other international projects (such Fulbright Scholars) so that we can offer faculty and students the opportunity to network with international sites of interest," said Roth.

Robert Rhyne, M.D., associate professor, Family and Community Medicine, will oversee the Office of International Health within the School of Medicine, which will be established within the UNM School of Medicine on July 1.

The Office of International Health will also host the electronic international communications hub for the School of Medicine and offer website links to other overseas sites. The office will also develop and establish an international grand rounds seminar for the HSC, generate and collate existing scholarly works in international projects and facilitate international exchanges among students, residents and faculty.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322