Miller Medical Student Presents at Investing in Young Children Globally Forum

Fourth-year M.D./M.P.H. student Michael Maguire just returned from Hong Kong, where he represented the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine at the Institute of Medicine’s Investing in Young Children Globally Forum. Maguire has been working as an intern with the Board of Children, Youth and Families at the Institute of Medicine in Washington. Due to his success with his research, IOM asked him to present in China.

“I discussed a decision-making tool for interventions in early childhood development,” he said. “It is evidence based and can help policy makers in large and small communities globally. The goal is to share and learn how to create healthy children and healthy families.”

Maguire intends to pursue a residency in combined medicine and pediatrics and credits his time with IOM for preparing him for the next step in his career.

“It’s been a fantastic experience,” Maguire said of his time in Washington, where he has been since January. “I have been able to attend high level meetings at the IOM and interact with leaders in medicine, public health and policy. I’ve learned a lot, and have made good strides with my research, which is focused on early child development.”

“This is a very prestigious opportunity and really demonstrates that our medical students are being recognized for their excellent training in public health and medicine here at the Miller School of Medicine,” said Julie Kornfeld, Ph.D., M.P.H., assistant professor and Assistant Dean for Public Health. “As a student in our inaugural class in the M.D./M.P.H. program, Mike is an excellent example of a future physician leader. It is wonderful that he has had this opportunity to represent us.”

The Institute of Medicine creates a global context with its ongoing series of Investing in Young Children Globally forums. Meetings will convene quarterly in the next three years in locations all over the world. Hong Kong was the fourth installment.

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