WVU to Host Italian Health Professionals

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A group from San Giovanni in Fiore, Italy will be at West Virginia University to visit with doctors and students as part of the International Health Program. On Friday, Nov. 10, at 4 p.m., Robert M. D’Alessandri, M.D., WVU vice president of health sciences, will sign an affiliation agreement with Dr. Thomas Schael, director general of Azienda Sanitaria Locale N. 5.

The affiliation agreement is sponsored by the Audia Caring Heritage Association’s West Virginia and Pennsylvania Chapters, through the administration of the WVU International Health Program (IHP).

Led by Melanie Fisher, M.D., the IHP is composed of faculty, students and staff who are interested in global health. The program provides opportunities for WVU students to have rotations in medicine and public health in a variety of international settings.  

In April, 2006, WVU medical students went to San Giovanni for a one month clinical elective.  They were accompanied by Renee Saggio Moore, M.D., professor of Pediatrics and Carolyn Peluso-Atkins, professor in Speech Pathology and Audiology for two-week periods. Students observed patients in clinics and hospitals in San Giovanni. A group of students also went to Italy in 2005 along with faculty members Dr. Fisher, Chris Martin, M.D., Marty Weisse, M.D and John Angotti, Esq., president of the WV Chapter of the Audia Caring Heritage Association.

The Italian group visiting WVU consists of a nephrologist, vascular surgeon, radiology technician, dialysis technician and Schael. They will be visiting various departments, including surgery, radiology, pediatrics and internal medicine.

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-0787

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