Nora Yusuf Osman, MD is a primary care physician in the Division of General Medicine at the Brigham and Women¹s Hospital (BWH).
After studying film at Brown University, she received her MD from University of California, San Francisco and completed her training in Internal Medicine at the Brigham and Women¹s Hospital. Dr. Osman is the Director of Medical Student Education at Brigham and Women¹s Hospital and the Site Director of the internal medicine clerkship at Harvard Medical School. She is also Senior Adviser for Medical Education at The Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN).
Her interests are in urban primary care medicine, global medical student education, and the development of programs to support and promote diversity and inclusion among students, trainees and faculty in health services. Her education research uses textual analysis to tackle a variety of questions including how students learn to think and communicate like doctors, the role gender plays in professional identity, and obstacles to learning on the wards.
She is the recipient of multiple teaching and mentoring awards at BWH and HMS, including the 2012 Harvard Medical School Charles McCabe Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching, the 2013 BWH Department of Medicine Early Career Mentoring Award, the 2014 Harvard Medical School Young Mentoring Award, and the 2017 HMS Excellence in Clinical Education at Brigham and Women¹s Hospital Award.
Dr. Aaron Berkowitz is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Global Neurology Program and Associate Neurologist in the Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Neurology. He co-directs the first-year Mind-Brain-Behavior course at Harvard Medical School and serves as the Associate Clerkship Director in Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital.
He is the author of over 60 peer-reviewed articles and three textbooks (Clinical Neurology and Neuroanatomy: A localization-based approach (McGraw-Hill, 2017), Clinical Pathophysiology Made Ridiculously Simple (MedMaster, 2007), The Improvising Mind: Cognition and Creativity in the Musical Moment (Oxford University Press, 2010)), and co-editor of the volume Clinical Reasoning in Neurology: A Case Based Approach (Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins, 2016).
He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the Harvard Partners Neurology Residency Teacher of the Year Award, Donald O'Hara Faculty Prize for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, and Harvard Medical School Award for Excellence in Neuroanatomy Teaching.
In addition to his work in Boston, Dr. Berkowitz has taught courses in the practice of neurology in resource-limited settings to medical students, residents, and faculty in Haiti, Malawi, and Navajo Nation, and he founded and directs the first neurology residency program in Haiti in collaboration with the NGO Partners In Health.
His efforts in global neurology led to him being awarded the 2018 Mridha Spirit of Neurology Humanitarian Award from the American Brain Foundation. Dr. Berkowitz completed his MD at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, his PhD at Harvard University, and his residency training in neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital where he served as chief resident.
I am a clinician at a community health center where I have cared for 4 generations of patients – largely immigrants and refugees vulnerable to adverse health outcomes due to multiple socio-economic factors. Advocacy, public health program development, clinical and practice-based innovations and promotion of social justice arose organically from this practice and became integral to my role as both a clinician and educator.
As a clinician-educator, I have sought to bridge my experiences, perspectives and values from the community to my role as educator. I participate actively on medical school task forces to develop primary care curricula and clinical exposures and co-authored a blueprint for primary care education published in Academic Medicine. I have developed programs locally and internationally to enhance students’ capacity to work in underserved communities, with the appropriate clinical tools, cultural humility and public health skills. My colleagues and I have developed and presented workshops domestically and internationally. A template of our training was recently published in MedED Portal. We havebeen invited by the AAMC to develop a training module on implicit bias that will be available to all medical schools as a Webinar. Since October 2017 I have been part of a collaborative of educators from Harvard Medical School, affiliated hospitals, and the Vietnamese Ministry of Health to transform clinical education in 5 Vietnamese medical schools.
In addition to my appointment at Harvard Medical School, I have a secondary appointment at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health where I direct the MPH practicum course and a course on Gender and Mental Health and supervise doctoral students in the area of women’s reproductive health.
Apart from teaching, my area of excellence is community-based interventions. I have developed innovative and model clinical and public health programs that integrate primary and mental health care, address racial disparities in peri-natal outcomes, and employ community health workers to reach hard-to-reach individuals to improve chronic disease outcomes. I was Principal Investigator on a project in which we developed a multi-focused screening and assessment tool that is used in many health centers throughout Massachusetts. I am currently developing an integrated care model for patients with chronic pain and narcotics use. I have also applied my domestic experience to the developing world in Latin America where I work with community health workers to develop capacity to address tuberculosis, mental health, women’s health and chronic diseases, and in sub-Saharan Africa where I have trained local leaders on the health of reproductive age women and evaluated sustainable programs that address depression in low-resource, post-conflict areas.
- Staff Physician, Brookside Community Health Center (since 1981)
- Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- Associate Professor of Public Health, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
- Associate Program Director, Director of Faculty Development, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Medicine Residency Program
Abstract Submission Deadline: Oct 5, 2018 Oct 28, 2018
Deadline for Free Registration: Oct 15, 2018 Oct 30, 2018
Essay Submission Deadline: Nov 4, 2018
Notification of Abstract Acceptance: Nov 5, 2018
Conference date: Dec 1-2, 2018
Dr. Nguyen Thanh Thao
Vice Head, Office for Science-Technology and International Relations
Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hue, Vietnam
Ms. Nguyen Thu Phuong