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Apr 28 2009

NYIT and Jordan University of Science and Technology to Host Joint Medical Conference

International Speakers to Discuss Key Issues in Global Health Care

Old Westbury, N.Y., (April 16, 2009) New York Institute of Technology's (NYIT) Center for Global Health and Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) will host a two-day joint medical conference-"Medical Education: Examining Process and Outcomes"-on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30, 2009 from 8 a.m. to noon at NYIT's Old Westbury, N.Y., campus.

Educators, medical and health care professionals, and students will convene to explore topics ranging from health care workforce issues and clinical governance to innovation in medical education and problem-based learning.

Richard "Buzz" Cooper, M.D., an internationally recognized health care workforce policy expert, will give one of the most anticipated presentations and is expected to speak on the growing problem of physician shortages in the United States and abroad. Dr. Cooper was among the first to identify and draw attention to this serious issue and has predicted a shortage of up to 200,000 physicians across the United States by 2020.

"NYIT's Center for Global Health is on the cutting edge of medical technology, and we recognize the importance of global collaboration to address health issues and medical education," said Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., FACOFP, NYIT's vice president for health sciences and medical affairs. "Our second annual conference with JUST will focus on finding solutions to concerns surrounding global health practice and policy."

The conference, which will take place in the W. Kenneth Riland Academic Health Care Center auditorium, is free and open to the public.

For more information about the conference, e-mail the Center for Global Health at or call 516.686.1299. Visit for updates and directions to the conference.

Note: Conference speakers and moderators are available for interviews.

About the Center for Global Health
The Center for Global Health, a New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) interdisciplinary center of excellence established in 2007 under the direction of Edward A. Gotfried, D.O., FACO, is a collaboration of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM) and the School of Health Professions, Behavioral, and Life Sciences. As a leading global health educator, the center creates an opportunity for students and faculty to engage in understanding the practice, policy development, and creation of solutions to the world's vital health problems. NYIT's Center for Global Health, in partnership with the Rohde Foundation, is now offering a certificate in global health. This unique program is offered to health, engineering, architectural, and business professionals. The projected coursework includes a month-long practicum fieldwork in the Kwahu region of Ghana, where health professionals work in a multidisciplinary team that demonstrates how critical non-health issues play a significant role in health outcomes.

About NYIT
New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than 100 fields of study, including architecture and interior design; arts and sciences; education; engineering and computing sciences; health professions, behavioral, and life sciences; management; and osteopathic medicine. A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 15,000 students attending campuses in Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. For more than 50 years, NYIT has been guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 77,000 students have graduated from NYIT. For more information, visit

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