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Going Global

After 20 Years, the Office of International Medicine Programs has Extended GW’s Reach to Thousands Around the World

By Kristin Hubing

In 2004, while wrapping up her final year of college as an international student at the University of Maryland, College Park, Hawaa Almansouri, who had come to the United States from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) four years prior for her undergraduate education, sent applications to 30 medical schools across the country.

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Global Training Ground

The Health Sciences program within GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences serves as the training ground for the nation’s next generation of Physical Therapists and Physician Assistants. From Ghana, to Rwanda, to Australia, and beyond, the work of these health care practitioners spans the globe.

Combat Fatigued

Reconstituting a Nation’s Mental Health Capacity After Decades of War and Crisis Pushed the System to the Point of Collapse

By Kristin Hubing

As he toured the 40-bed burn unit of a war trauma hospital in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, Amir Afkhami noted something unusual. Nearly all of the unit’s beds were occupied by women. Thinking it unlikely that so many women had encountered improvised explosive devices, Afkhami looked to the hospital’s director for an explanation. Each of the women, the director told Afkhami, had attempted to commit suicide through self-immolation.

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