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 Creative Educational ModelsCreativeEd
Dr. Oehler presents "Infections Acquired From Pets" in his new podcast. View the podcast here.
Dr. Oehler
is currently working with Absolute Mobile Solutions of Tampa on the ID division's first  iPhone application! Stay tuned for more details and a launch date.

Robert C. Moellering Jr., MD, FACP, Professor, Harvard Medical School presented a lecture "Update on Bacterial Resistance Issues" on January 25th, 2010.
Michael Gelfand, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine, University of Tennessee in Memphis, presented a lecture "Invasive Fungal Infections: Evolving Challenges and Therapeutic Approaches" on February 8th, 2010.
George Karam, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine at the Louisiana State University, Chief of the Department of Medicine-Earl K. Long Medical Center, presented a lecture "Update on Intra-Abdominal Infections" on March 1st, 2010.
 International ProminenceCreativeEd
Dr. Elvis Castillo was interviewed by La Gaceta newspaper regarding Health Care Reform and its impact on the Latino community.
Chinese Health Officials
Dr. Beata Casanas was invited to attend the Anniversary Celebration of Polish composer Frederick Chopin in Miami.
Mr. Lech Walesa, Nobel Laureate and former Preisdent of Poland was honored.
Mr. Walesa is well-known for his extraordinary work contributing to the fall of the Soviet Union and Communism in the late 80's.
 Dr. Robert Casanas, MD, Mr. Lech Walesa &
  Beata Casanas, MD
 Chinese Health Officials
Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, Dean of the College of Medicine and Gansu Administrators
Chinese Health Officials
Dr. Sinnott with Gansu Administrators
The USF College of Medicine (COM), Office of International Affairs hosted eighteen hospital administrators from Gansu, China for a three-week Hospital Administrator Training Program. The trainees included Hospital Presidents, Department Chiefs and Division Directors from various hospitals affiliated with Lanzhou University and the Gansu Provincial Health Department in Northwestern China. The USF Office of International Affairs is currently pursuing a collaborative agreement with Gansu Provincial Health Department.
The training program covered a variety of hospital management topics as well as afternoon tours of several USF Centers such as Morsani Center, The Center for Aging and Brain Repair and USF affiliated health facilities including: Tampa General Hospital, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, and the Hillsborough County Health Department.
Tampa General Hospital administration were very supportive of the program including President Hytoff, VP Deana Nelson, VP Sally Houston, MD, VP Steve Short and many other contributors. View web album here. 
 South Korea
 Medical Students from Yeungnam University
 Dr. Sinnott & Dr. Menezes with Yeungnam Medical Students
The USF College of Medicine (COM), Office of International Affairs (OIA) hosted seven South Korean medical students from Yeungnam University for a two-week observership program coordinated by Helen Georgiev, MPH.
The students observed leading USF clinical faculty in specialty areas such as Pulmonary Critical Care, General Surgery, Neurosurgery, Radiology, and Infectious Disease.
Travel Scholarships
The Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine has been supporting the international activities of students in the International Medicine Track of the Public Health Scholarly Concentration through one-time travel scholarships. In the past two years, students have traveled to Thailand, Bangladesh, South Korea, India and the Dominican Republic. This summer, students will be visiting South Africa, South Korea and the Dominican Republic. Typically, students travel during their fourth year tropical medicine elective and do a clinical externship in an urban or rural community-based clinic or tertiary hospital. While there, they incorporate health education while providing routine care. Our students call it a life-changing experience.
This year's recipients of travel scholarships are Asa Oxner, Andrew Myers, and Woojin Chong.
Entrepreneurial Academic ModelsEntrep
Dr. Montero has been selected to direct the Anti Microbial Stewardship Program at Tampa General Hospital which is currently interviewing ID PharmD candidates for July 2010.
Dr. Somboonwit has been named Epidemiologist for Gulf to Bay Anesthesia Associates, Florida's largest Anesthesia and Critical Care Group.
Dr. Sinnott is currently working on an International Medical and Surgical Disaster Management Team application.
USF Health Annual Research Day
ID division poster was presented at the Annual Health Research Day, "A University-Corporate Partnership to Enhance Vaccination Rates Among the Elderly: An Example of Corporate-Public Health Delivery".
Authors were: John T. Sinnott, Helen Georgiev, Karina D'Souza, Leela Mundra, Robin Sistrunk, Jennifer Pytlarz, Jacqueline Wooley.
The poster presenters were Karina D'Souza, MPH and Leela Mundra.  
HIV Research
The Hillsborough County Health Department is now enrolling eligible HIV positive patients in four different research studies. For more information visit 
Faculty Publications
Click here to view the ID faculty's most recent research publications.


I am proud to announce our faculty and staff percentage participation in the Faculty & Staff Scholarship Campaign was 100%. Thank you all for your participation and dedication.
Through the USF Foundation, we can make a difference in student scholarship, academic research & international programs. Key funds to consider for a year-end tax-deductible charitable contribution:
Dr.Sinnott received the Dean's Academic Performance Award for outstanding effort in Infectious Disease and International Medicine.
Congratulations to Dr. Sally Alrabaa who was recently elected to membership in the Gamma Chapter of  Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA), the National Honor Medical Society. Dr. Alrabaa is a Senior Fellow in the Infectious Disease and International Medicine Fellowship program at USF and was selected for her exceptional clinical acumen, as well as her outstanding humanistic contributions.
Please welcome to the Division Jeffrey Beal, MD, Clinical Director of The Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center; Medical Director, Bureau of HIV/AIDS for the Florida Department of Health; Associate Professor, University of South Florida; and Medical Director, Ryan White Title III Program, Hendry/Glades County Health Departments.
We also welcome Candyl Eyster, our new Communications Coordinator. She can be reached at
Faculty & Staff  Scholarship Campaign 
I am proud to announce our faculty and staff percentage participation in the Faculty & Staff Scholarship Campaign was 100%. Thank you all for your participation and dedication. 
There's an App For That!
iPhone App For those of you who use iPhones, USF Health has an exciting
opportunity to share. Based on a collaboration between the practice plan and USF Health IS, iUSFHealth - your connection to USF Health from your iPhone or iPod Touch - has been created! The application, which can be downloaded directly from iTunes, searches over 400 healthcare providers from the University of South Florida by name, medical specialty or keyword search, representing more than 100 sub-specialties.
Click here to download the app now!  
This application can also be used to help potential patients looking for a USF Health physician, as well as local and regional physicians interested in referring their patients to a USF Health provider.
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ID Conferences (for students & professionals interested in ID). Please kindly RSVP to Tammy Grice at
The Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center will be holding the 19th Annual HIV Conference May 14-15, 2010 in Orlando, FL.
For additional information regarding the conference and to register please click here. This is an important event that should not be missed.
John Sinnott

John Sinnott MD FACP
                                                                    Associate Dean of International Affairs
                                                                                       COM International Affairs
                                                                                        USF International Affairs
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