Mount Sinai School of Medicine Joins Elite Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Mount Sinai has been accepted into the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, a prestigious organization of global health programs across the country.

New York, NY
 – September 9, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

Mount Sinai School of Medicine has been named a member of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH), an elite organization of universities in the United States with Global Health programs. Mount Sinai will play a critical role in strengthening academic partnerships between the U.S. and the developing world and will advise key federal and private funds about the importance of university involvement in global health.

"Mount Sinai’s acceptance to the prestigious CUGH is an honor," said Philip Landrigan, MD, Dean for Global Health, Professor and Chair of Preventive Medicine, and Director of the Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. "Our membership demonstrates our commitment and expertise in the global health arena. We look forward to collaborating with the other universities to make great strides in defining a national global health curriculum."

Mount Sinai’s participation in the CUGH will allow students in the Global Health Institute to work with other prestigious programs across the country, including Duke University, Emory University, and the University of California at San Francisco.

"Mount Sinai is committed to training the leaders of tomorrow to improve the health of underserved populations around the world," said Dennis S. Charney, MD, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. "Global health education is a critical part of our core curriculum, and through the CUGH, Mount Sinai students will further advance Mount Sinai’s dedication to improving both patient care and global health in developing countries."

The CUGH was established to build collaborations and exchange of knowledge and experience among university global health programs working across education, research, and service. It is dedicated to creating equity and reducing health disparities, everywhere. The CUGH, which was founded by leading North American university global health programs, aims to define the field and discipline of global health and standardize required curricula and competencies for global health. They seek to define criteria and conditions for student and faculty field placements in host institutions and provide coordination of projects and initiatives among and between resource-rich universities and less-developed nations and their institutions.

The CUGH is dedicated to creating balance in resources and in the exchange of students and faculty between institutions in rich and poor countries, recognizing the importance of equal partnership between the academic institutions in developing nations and their resource-rich counterparts in the planning, implementation, management and impact evaluation of joint projects.

The CUGH was founded in 2005 when Gerald Keusch, MD, Professor of International Health at Boston University invited leading university global health programs from the United States and Canada to meet and discuss whether universities active in global health should form an alliance. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided the leadership and funding to plan the consortium and to hold a 2008 planning meeting in San Francisco. Subsequently, the Rockefeller Foundation provided a grant to help develop the initial organizational structure of CUGH. Now, there are nearly 40 member institutions.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of few medical schools embedded in a hospital in the United States. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 15 institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institute of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report. The school received the 2009 Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2009, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital among the nation’s top 20 hospitals based on reputation, patient safety, and other patient-care factors. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 530,000 outpatient visits took place.

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