Jan 2022
Global Health Conference XI
Healthcare Activism &
The New Scope of Practice
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University of Central Florida College of Medicine & MedPACt’s

11th Annual Student-Run Global Health Conference


The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken people and institutions worldwide – healthcare is no exception. New challenges associated with healthcare delivery are being discovered and old ones are now even more visible. As we look forward to a post-pandemic world, a new kind of healthcare provider emerges. Armed with the understanding that patient care goes beyond the clinic, the new guard finds ways to advocate in the governments, businesses, and streets of the world.


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

Saturday, January 15th, 2022
8:00am – 5:00pm

Talks by experts in the field, clinical simulations, interactive & advocacy workshops, and networking opportunities.

This will be our first hybrid conference. Participants can opt to attend in-person or virtually.

The GHC Research Committee welcomes student and professional researchers to submit abstracts no later than November 21st, 2021.

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


7:30-8:00 AM

8:00-8:30 AM

8:30-10:00 AM

10:00-11:00 AM

11:00-12:00 AM

12:00-1:00 PM

1:00-2:00 PM

2:00-3:30 PM

3:30-4:30 PM 

4:30-5:00 PM 

Poster Setup


Keynote Presentation

Workshops & Simulations: Session 1

Research Presentations


Workshops & Simulations: Session 2

Discussion Panel

Workshops & Simulations: Session 3

Research Awards and Closing Remarks

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Christine Ngaruiya is a researcher, emergency physician and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale University. 

Ngaruiya was born in Nebraska; her parents studied in the Midwest before returning to Kenya because they wanted their children to be familiar with the country and its culture. Ngaruiya attended elementary, middle, and high schools in Kenya and entered the University of Nebraska as a freshman in 2002, at the age of 15. She went on to medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Her journey to medicine began in her home country of Kenya, where she lost family members and loved ones to preventable diseases and afflictions. These cases have informed her passions in medicine. Ngaruiya advocates in both her medical practice and her writing for increased access to health care for marginalized populations and for more action on non-communicable diseases, which have eclipsed infectious disease as the leading cause of death around the world.

Follow her twitter: @c_ngaruiya

Christine Ngaruiya, MD, MSc, DMTH

Researcher, Emergency Medicine Physician
Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM), Yale School of Medicine

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              This year, proceeds from the Global Health Conference will be donated to MedPACt (Medical Students Providing Care Across Continents).

              MedPACt is the global health student interest group at the UCF College of Medicine. Our mission is to:
              1. Provide education and mentorship opportunities to students interested in global health
              2. Facilitate health outreach to local and global communities of need, and
              3. Promote awareness and active engagement in improving the wellness of people throughout the world.

              The annual Global Health Conference is just one of the many events MedPACt coordinates. All proceeds of GHC 2022 will go towards resources needed for service-learning endeavors (Apopka Farmworkers Clinic, medical volunteer trip to Latin America, and Medical Spanish learning opportunities to name a few) and future GHC conferences. Such events are key to equipping physicians-in-training with the skillset needed to better serve communities both locally and abroad.

              We thank you for your participation in GHC 2022 and your contribution to enhancing medical student education.


              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 REQUIREMENTS (Oral and/or Poster Presentations):

              1.  Deadline: November 21st, 2021

              2.  Intro, Objectives, Methods, Results (300 word maximum)

              IF CHOSEN TO PRESENT: Acceptances of both oral and poster presentations will be notified by email on a continuous basis leading up until the deadline of November 21st. Presenters will have the option to present in-person or virtually, although in-person presentations are highly encouraged. If the conference is changed from a hybrid to completely virtual format, presentations will be virtual only.


              See below for posters from our most recent Global Health Conference in January 2021



              Poster Submission Form

              Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
              .pdf format only
              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 the global health group at UCF College of Medicine, click here!
              To see information on previous Global Health Conferences, click here!

              Conference Team

              Conference Directors: Kelly Sutter and Kacper Kubiszewski

              Assistant Conference Directors: Samantha Sun and Michelle Chin


              Faculty Advisor: Tracy MacIntosh, MD, MPH, MS, FACEP
              For more info on Dr. MacIntosh and her work, click here!



              Registration Committee:
              Registration Chairs: Safia Centner and Anna Wanzenberg


              Workshops Committee:
              Workshops Chairs: Oriana Fermin, Rifa Ali, Shirley Ke, Mark Lewis, and Marianne Sia


              Discussion Committee:
              Discussions Chairs: Rhea Chowdhury and Karolina Chmielewska


              Tech Outreach Committee:
              Tech Chairs: Aliya Centner, Christopher Schilson, and Kristin Recker

              Research Committee:
              Research Chairs: Eric Lin and Faith Kim


              Public Relations Committee:
              PR Chair: Priscilla Francois


              Logistics Committee:
              Logistics Chairs: Nina Gallo, Shayaan Ahmed, and Ri Chen


              Donate Now

              Help support UCF MedPACt and its partners.

              Be a part of providing education to promote awareness and participation in improving the health-related needs of people throughout the world.

              *Secure payments by Stripe

              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.