January 12th, 2019
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UCF MedPACt's 8th annual student-run Global Health Conference


Medical devices are defined as “health technologies that are not medicines, vaccines, or clinical procedures” but are essential for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, according to the World Health Organization. Yet, many developing countries all over the world still struggle with obtaining access to these technologies. Not only must these technologies be accessible, but they must also be safe, operable, and maintainable by the local populations in order to be sustainable. To achieve better health globally, the medical needs and building capacity of a country must be assessed and cost-effective innovation should be promoted. This conference will focus on addressing the challenges faced by global populations due to the lack of technology, as well as the role of the medical professional in implementing innovative medical technology to provide optimal care on a global scale.

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Who's it for?

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

When is it?

Saturday, January 12th, 2019
8:00am - 4:30pm
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Where's it at?

UCF College of Medicine
6850 Lake Nona Blvd, Orlando, FL 32827
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What's there to do?

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

What about research?

The GHC Research Committee welcomes student and professional researchers to submit abstracts no later than January 10th for poster presentations.
Submit your abstract here!

Who benefits?

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

Peru Clinic

This year, all proceeds from the Global Health Conference will be donated to Fundación Yantaló Clinic. Established in 2014, 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. Services that have been offered to the local patient population during previous trips include obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, pediatric urology, physical therapy, social work, nutrition, and health education. If this cause is meaningful to you please consider donating here



Picture of Tania Douglas

Tania Douglas

South African Research Chair

Tania Douglas is the director for the Medical Imaging Research Unit at the University of Cape Town with expertise in medical imaging, fetal alcohol syndrome, and health innovation. She is also the South African Research Chair Initiative Chair in Biomedical Engineering & Innovation, has been named a 2018 Quartz Africa Innovator, and has performed a TED Talk discussing some of the unique issues that many African countries are facing when it comes to the use and upkeep of medical technology.

Keynote Speech

"Innovation for global health": Health innovation encompasses the conception, development and implementation of technologies, products and services, with the purpose of enhancing access to and quality of healthcare as well as improving wellness of individuals and populations. The notion of innovation in the context of global health will be interrogated. The challenges and potential of health innovation for poorly resourced and underserved populations will be explored. Some global health innovation activities in Africa will be highlighted, as will capacity building initiatives for health technology innovation.

Panel Discussion

Ethics of Innovation: this panel will engage us in a discussion about the ethical complexities that emerge when medical technology advances. Experts will share their experiences navigating the unique situations that arise when new technology allows us to do previously impossible things, as well as give their advice on how to approach such situations. One of the main themes of this panel will be to ponder the question: “just because we can do something, should we?"

  • Mr. Gordon Folkes
    Expert on Emergency First Response
  • Dr. Jill Aragon Neely, MD
    Global Health and Fellowship Director
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Ms. Anna M. Baznik
    President and CEO
  • Dr. Aileen Caceres, MD, MPH, FACOG
    Medical Director the Comprehensive Genetics and Surgery Program
    Celebration Health
  • Dr. Stephen Hugo Arce
    Biomedical Engineer
    Expert on 3D Printing and Prosthetics
  • Dr. Naushad Amin
    Family Physician
    Expert on Ultrasound Imaging

Simulations & Workshops

New details about simulations and workshops are added regularly!


Check back soon for the conference schedule

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