Medical Students Come Home Winners Again in Global Health Case Competition

Four Miller School of Medicine students — three from the M.D./M.B.A. program and one from the M.D./M.P.H. program — were part of a University of Miami team that recently won third place and a $1,500 prize at Emory University’s 2015 Global Health Case Competition. The UM team beat out 21 other teams, including those from Harvard, Johns Hopkins and Dartmouth.

The UM team participated in an international competition that included the winning Emory team from an earlier intramural competition and multidisciplinary guest university teams from around the world. The annual competition, which began at Emory in 2010 and was opened to outside institutions in 2012, focuses on global health-related cases that require an interdisciplinary approach to formulate recommendations.

This was UM’s third time sending a team to the competition. Two years ago, a UM team also won third place.

“This year, the case revolved around gun violence in Honduras and how to develop a regional or national intervention to combat it,” said Corey Gregg, an M.D./M.P.H. student on the six-member UM team. “The first round was four groups of six teams each making 15-minute presentations in front of two judges, followed by 10 minutes of questions. Those of us selected as finalists were told that the scenario was changing; we now also had cooperation from the U.S. government, and we had 45 minutes to prepare a series of recommendations. The final presentations were made before all eight judges in front of an audience of 200 people.”

Each team was mentored by an Emory faculty member prior to the competition. The weekend also included remarks by and conversations with academic, non-profit and government leaders in the field of public health. Gregg, who pronounced the competition “a great experience,” recommends that the Miller School, in partnership with the School of Business Administration, make participating an annual event.

The other Miller School students on the UM team were Erica Nicole Barrios, Phi Ho and Sebastian Rivera, all in the M.D./M.B.A. track. Ricardo Freyre and Andrew Willert, both M.B.A. students, represented the School of Business Administration.

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