Student Finalists Present Work on Innovations in Climate Change and the Health Professions

Washington, DC., July 28, 2022 - The Alliance of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI) is pleased to announce the successful completion of the 2022 AAHCI Student Leadership Initiative (ASLI), a program designed to provide a unique opportunity for medical students to demonstrate their creativity and leadership.

In January 2022, the AAHCI Latin America & Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office announced the call for proposals on The Convergence of Climate Change and Health Professions Education, and the AAHCI-LAC Review Committee evaluated submissions from participating institutions. Students from Faculdade das Américas in Brazil, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Colombia, and TecSalud, Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico received top reviews and were selected to present their ideas at the 2022 LAC Regional Meeting.

“This is the second year of the ASLI program, and we are very pleased with the submissions and inspirational ideas provided by medical students,” said AAHCI Executive Director Steven L. Kanter, MD. “A key feature of this wonderful program is the opportunity for presentations by the program finalists at the AAHCI 2022 LAC Regional Meeting showcasing their innovative work before academic health center leaders.”

“As academic health center leaders, one of our most noble goals is to prepare future health care professionals who may impact education, patient care, or research. With AAHCI, we were able to create something innovative and inspiring by providing an opportunity for students to share their ideas,” said Valeria Aoki, MD, PhD, president of the International Relations Committee, Faculty of Medicine, University of São Paulo, who facilitated the ASLI Ignite! session that was held in Brazil.

The participating AAHCI institutions for the 2022 ASLI program included:

  • Faculdade das Américas (Brazil)
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
  • TecSalud, Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)
  • University of Malaya (Malaysia)
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (USA)

AAHCI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the AAMC and comprises an international constituency.

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