Jan 2021
Global Health Conference X
Patient Zero,
Global Pandemics
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University of Central Florida College of Medicine & MedPACt’s

10th Annual Student-Run Global Health Conference



The outbreak of COVID-19 this past year has had a continued and enormous impact on the world’s financial, cultural and healthcare systems. The global aspect of this current pandemic and those preceding have provided a platform for healthcare students and professionals to investigate the progress and shortcomings made across the world. As the medical community continues to evolve in the wake of COVID-19, an opportunity thus remains for growth and insight that will help us become better prepared for the future. In this year’s first, virtual conference, we will explore the global health implications that surround pandemics. By bringing speakers from various fields in healthcare such as public health and infectious diseases, we will provide an avenue for stimulating discussion on the global views of a pandemic and their unique challenges. With interactive workshops, research presentations and a thought-provoking discussion panel, conference attendees will also have the chance to develop their mindset and share their distinct perspectives with others. Students and professionals alike will gain from this chance to learn more about global health and infectious diseases. We thus welcome all interested in taking a step with us on January 16th towards becoming a more globally-minded healthcare professional.


We encourage students and faculty from all healthcare fields (Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, etc.) who are interested in global health to attend.

Saturday, January 16th, 2021
8:00am – 1:00pm

Talks by Experts in the Field, Clinical Simulations, Interactive & Advocacy Workshops, Networking Opportunities

This will be our first virtual conference. We are offering a reduced ticket price this year to make it more accessible to all who wish to join us.

The GHC Research Committee welcomes student and professional researchers to submit abstracts no later than December 1st, 2020 for poster presentations.
Submit Here!

100% of the proceeds from this conference will support charitable causes. See below for more details about our charity partners this year.


8:00-8:10 AM

8:10-9:00 AM

9:00-9:45 AM

9:45-10:15 AM

10:15-10:30 AM

10:30-11:00 AM

11:00- 11:45 AM

11:45 AM -12:30 PM

12:30-12:45 PM

12:45-1:00 PM


Welcome and Intro

Keynote Presentation

Discussion Panel

Discussion Breakout


Research Presentations

Workshops & Simulations: Session 1

Workshops & Simulations: Session 2

Research Awards

Closing Remarks



Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lilian Abbo, is the Chief for Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship at Jackson Health System and a Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Miami Transplant Institute. In her role she has been leading the Infectious Diseases pandemic efforts for COVID19 at the largest county hospital and health system in Florida including 4 acute care hospitals, 3 county jails, 2 long term care facilities, 5 urgent care centers and hundreds of clinics in Miami Dade county.

Dr. Abbo graduated from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, “Luis Razetti” Medical School. Completed her residency in Internal medicine at Jacobi Medical Center in NY and at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach followed by a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Her research and clinical expertise are focused on the management of complex solid organ transplant patients with multidrug resistant infections, infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship.

She has co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications, several book chapters, has been an invited speaker in over a hundred national and international meetings. Lilian is the past president of Women in Academic Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and a Fellow of the 25th Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine class of 2020.

Lilian Abbo, MD

Chief for Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship, Jackson Health System
Professor of Clinical Infectious Diseases, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Dr. Benjamin Sachs

Dr. Sachs, who is currently a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School and at Massachusetts General Hospital, has a wide ranging background in clinical medicine, public health-health policy and finance/business administration, with extensive executive experience in physician and hospital management, as well as patient safety and healthcare. He has been involved in a number of international healthcare initiatives, including fundraising for and the development of women’s and children’s health centers in the Philippines, Armenia and Ukraine, and extensive work in Central and South America, the Middle East and Asia. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and maternal fetal medicine.

Discussion Panelists

Volunteers from the Class of 2022 with Mery Padilla, Director of International Medical Programs at the Yantaló Clinic

The Fundación Yantaló, Peru Clinic

Donations will be made to our partners at the Fundación Yantaló Clinic. This clinic is the first grassroots, community-based, green health care clinic in Peru. It is designed to be a service, research, and education center. The 16-bed international facility addresses the lack of medical services in the Yantalo village community and rural San Martin region within the Amazon Jungle. Hours away from the major hospitals in Lima, Peru, the clinic provides basic care to over 10,000 patients a year, but they lack the local manpower to provide year-round specialists and specialized care to serve many of its patients’ medical and surgical needs. MedPACt was the first team last summer to introduce broad primary care, physical therapy, and adult surgery. For more information, please visit their website.

apopka - clinic people

The Farmworker’s Association of Apopka

Funds collected will also help support the Farmworker’s Association of Apopka’s events for the Central Florida community. In addition, funds will support the MedPACt Farmworker’s Apopka Clinic, a pop-up clinic organized and run by UCF Medical, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Social Work and Behavioral Health, and UF Pharmacy health students. This free clinic provides healthcare to the people of Apopka who have no access to such care due to varying socioeconomic barriers. For more information on the Farmworker’s Association of Florida and how you can contribute, please visit their website.


General Public
$ 15.00
  • Conference Tickets
  • Access to Workshops
  • Hands-On Simulations
  • Poster Session
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • *Additional donations welcomed
UCF Student
$ 0.00*
  • *$5 suggested donation
  • Conference Tickets
  • Access to Workshops
  • Hands-On Simulations
  • Poster Session
  • Roundtable Discussions

Abstract Submission

Submit your abstract first. If chosen, you will be asked to submit a poster.

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS (Oral and/or Poster Presentations):

1.  Deadline: December 1st, 2020

2.  Must fall under the theme of Global Pandemics

3.  Intro, Objectives, Methods, Results (500 word maximum)

IF CHOSEN TO PRESENT: Acceptances of poster presentations will be notified by email on a continuous basis leading up until the conference. All posters should be submitted in pdf format.


Abstract Submission Form

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Who Are We?

MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Across Continents) is an organization dedicated to providing education and mentoring for students to become actively engaged within communities of need both locally and abroad, and to promote awareness and participation in improving the health-related needs of people throughout the world.

To see other work done by UCF College of Medicine’s global health group, click here!
To see information on previous Global Health Conferences, click here!

Conference Team

Conference Directors: Aaishwariya Gulani and Bernard Sarmiento

Assistant Conference Directors: Sarah Hay and Deepti Singam


Faculty Advisor: Judith Simms-Cendan, MD
For more info on Dr. Simms-Cendan and her work, click here!


Registration and Volunteers:
Registration Chair: Asanka Ekanayake
Volunteers Chair: Kelsey Manko


Workshops & Simulations Committee:
Chairs: Caitlyn Coates and Thomas Knapp
Committee: Lauren Aronson, Pierce Ciccone, Yamilet Gonzalez, Emily Littman, Brittany Perry, and Shreya Rao

Discussion Committee:
Breakout Discussion Chair: Adam Talaat
Panel Chair: Ridhwan Mohammad


Tech Outreach Committee:
Website/Zoom Chair: Leeann Hu
Website/Zoom Chair: Diraj Cambow
Website/Zoom Chair: Carolyn Rapp

Research Committee:
Internal Research Chair: Yasmine Ghattas
External Research Chair: Reanne Mathai


Public Relations Committee:
Design & Communications Chair: Alexis Brewer
Website & Social Media Chair: Kacper Kubiszewski



Thank you to our sponsors for helping make this conference come to life. We encourage GHC attendees to support these local businesses and institutions.

  • Andres Diaz

    I think they’re bringing really, really good speakers, really relevant speakers to not only the medical students, but other fields – marketing, financial, technology, engineering – and I really appreciate that. I like that it’s interdisciplinary – because global health, at its core, is interdisciplinary. And I like the enthusiasm.

  • Zarina Baldes

    I think this is a really good conference because it puts different professionals and different backgrounds [together]. Because – I’m a pre-med student. But the people around me – there’s nurses, medical students – there’s a lot of different backgrounds. So, getting different points of view in the discussion when we’re doing the workshop, I think is really good. Because I learned a lot from the different feedback from other people.

  • Vincent Cendan

    Before attending the Global Health Conference, I never understood the intricate needs and wants of healthcare in general. Finding out that so many different local and global health groups are blocked from basic access to even basic healthcare taught me about the need to act – now.

  • Anjali Cherukuri

    Tackling the issues in global health is fundamentally a multidisciplinary effort, and this conference emulates the teamwork and collaboration that is necessary to make strides in global health. [...] Change starts with small steps, and I can only hope that this conference raises awareness and encourages the attendees to pave the way for a better future in global health.