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The 2018 Symposium is over but has been posted here as an archive.




Saturday, October 13, 2018

UTMB Global Health Education Symposium

 8:00 – 8:50am 
 Registration and Breakfast
 8:50 – 9:00am
 Welcome and Opening Remarks (Dr. Matt Dasco)
 9:00 – 10:00am Keynote Address

Craig Cohen    Dr. Craig R. Cohen

    Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproduction Sciences

    University of California San Francisco

    Co-Director, University of California Global Health Institute

 10:00 – 10:10am
 10:15 – 11:45am
 Concurrent Sessions – Oral Presentations and Panel Discussions
  Lab/Clinical-Based Research
  • Moderator: TBD
  • Faculty Panelists: TBD
  • Student Presenters: TBD
  Community-Based Research
  • Moderator: TBD
  • Faculty Panelists: TBD
  • Student Presenters: TBD
 11:45am – 12:45pm
 Lunch, Poetry Contest Winner, & Global Health Careers Panel Discussion
 12:45 – 2:45pm
 Poster Session
 2:45 – 2:55pm
 3:00 – 4:30pm
 Workshop - Be an Agent of Change: Advocacy Skills for Global and Local Impact
 Closing Remarks & Awards (Dr. Matt Dacso) 

Photo by: Jennifer Doran
Location: Cordoba, Argentina
Photo by: Priscilla Ly
Location: Cusco, Peru
Photo by: Janani Sundaresan
Location: Chennai, India


Who can enter?
Trainees (students in any program, residents, fellows) can submit photographs that they have taken during a global health field experience in a low-income country or a local (domestic) low-resource setting. All photographs submitted must have been taken by the trainee submitting them. Only photos taken by registered attendees of the 2018 UTMB Global Health Education Symposium will be considered for contest awards.

Submission Information
Photographs must have been taken between 7/1/2017 and 8/20/2018.

Trainees can submit up to three 8x10 photographs (Matte finishing, NO GLOSSY PRINTS!)

Electronic submission of photograph titles and brief (150 word maximum) descriptions of the photograph’s connection to global health or local (domestic) health in low-resource settings is required in an MS Word document. Please enumerate picture titles and descriptions so that they correspond with the picture numbers in the JPG files.

Photographs may depict global or domestic (low-resource) health challenges, solutions, and/or peoples, cultures, and physical environments.

Trainees will maintain ownership of their photographs, however, UTMB reserves the right to use submitted photographs in promotional materials.

Subject matter can include portraits, landscapes, or any subject that depicts a global health or domestic (low-resource) issue.

Submission Guidelines

Submit no more than three photographs and one document that includes the photograph titles and description to the Global Health office.

Ethical Considerations1

When photographing people (or submitting photos of people you have already taken), we greatly encourage you to employ the following:

  • Respect the person you are photographing and treat that person with dignity.
  • If possible, obtain verbal consent from the person or people you wish to photograph and then show them your digital photograph to ensure they are comfortable with it.
  • If you are taking pictures of children, try to obtain the verbal consent of their parents or guardians.
  • Be particularly mindful when taking pictures of the vulnerability and privacy of people who are receiving health care—respect their privacy and follow the photography rules of their health care facility.
  • We discourage you from taking pictures of people when they are unclothed out of respect for their privacy.
  • Be mindful of whether or not you are representing the person accurately and/or the community accurately.
  • Be mindful of your intent in taking the photograph (e.g. are you taking it to portray a situation, raise public awareness, capture something beautiful, etc)

For more on ethics of global health photography, visit Unite for Sight:

Selection Criteria
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges. Photographs will be judged by their technical and artistic merits as well as their ability to convey a global health message.

Trainees submitting winning photographs will receive a cash prize and a certificate recognizing their accomplishment. Winners will be announced prior to the 2018 UTMB Global Health Education Symposium on Saturday, October 13th.  Only photos of registered attendees will be considered for contest awards.

All submissions will be displayed at the UTMB Global Health Education Symposium on Saturday, October 13, 2018.

Submission deadline has past.



Submission Deadline is over.


Describe the most impactful experience you have had during a global health rotation.

Describe the juxtaposition of your life and that of one of your global health patients.

Describe your responsibility to improve the health of populations locally and globally.

Submission Guidelines

1. Contest entries must be at least three but cannot exceed 26 lines (including stanza breaks) and cannot exceed 55 characters per line (including spaces between words). Any submission that exceeds these limits will be automatically disqualified. The poem title does not count as a line.

2. Do not double-space.

3. Poem must adhere to basic rules of capitalization:

    - Do not type poem in all capital letters.

    - Do not capitalize the first letter of every word.

    - Only capitalize words that are proper (i.e. names and places).

    - The first word of each line may be capitalized if it is done consistently throughout.

 4. Do not use “texting” lingo. Properly spell out all words and numbers.

 5. Poems containing language that is vulgar, offensive, or wholly inappropriate will not be accepted.

 6. To ensure proper lineation, please use the “Enter” key to start a new line, indicating all intentional line breaks.

 7. Cover page with your name, institution, email address, and poem title.


Submission Deadline is over.

The UTMB Collaborating Center for Global Health is proud to announce a call for abstracts for the 7th Annual Global Health Education Symposium – Translating Global Health into Community Engagement to be held in Galveston, Texas on Saturday, October 13th, 2018. 

We welcome abstracts from all fields involved in global health work or domestic work with underserved populations (medical, research, social sciences, public health, health professions, etc...).

Trainees (students enrolled in a degree program, Residents, Postdoctoral Fellows, Clinical Fellows) will be automatically considered for monetary Poster Awards. 

Important Dates (Deadline has passed. No longer apply)
May 21st – Call for abstracts opens
August 24th – Deadline for abstract submissions
Approximately September 10th – Notification of acceptance
October 13th – Presentation at symposium

Format Requirements
 - Only .pdf files will be accepted for abstracts
 - The page size must be US letter
 - Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and titles no longer than 50 words

Abstract structure:
- Background: In a few sentences, indicate the purpose and objective of the project, the hypothesis that was tested or a description of the problem being analyzed or evaluated.
- Methods: Describe the setting/location for the project, study design, study population, ethical considerations, data collection and methods of analysis used.
- Results: If available, present as clearly and detailed as possible the findings/outcome of the project, with specific results in summarized form.
- Conclusions: Briefly discuss the data and main outcome of the study. Emphasize the implications of the results for future projects, policy, or research.

- When results or data are not available, a description of a final product or intended analysis is acceptable
- Previously published, presented, or unpublished work is welcome

All submissions will be peer reviewed by a project committee, which will select abstracts to be presented as posters, demonstrations, or oral presentations.

Symposium registration (available soon) is required to present but not to submit. The symposium will take place on October 13, 2018 in Levin Hall at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 


REGISTRATION has passed.


 Early Bird
(thru 9/1)
(Student, Resident, Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Fellow)
$10 $25 $35
Professional $25 $50 $75 

No registration refunds.


  • Breakfast
  • Keynote, concurrent breakout sessions, poster session, and a workshop
  • Break Refreshments
  • Lunch

All registration fees will go towards UTMB student scholarships for international rotations.



The conference will be held in Levin Hall, located on the UTMB campus.
UTMB's address is 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555.
Levin hall is located on Market Street between 10th and 11th Streets.(#55 on the Map)

UTMB faculty and students with existing parking on-campus please park in the regularly designated area.
Non-UTMB guests/participants can park in Garage 2 (circled on the map)

Hotel Options: (regular rates apply)

The Tremont House
Address: 2300 Ship Mechanic Row St, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-0300

Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21
Address: 28 Pier 21, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 763-3321

Hotel Galvez
Address: 2024 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 765-7721

Four Points by Sheraton Galveston
Address: 2300 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 974-4796

Best Western Plus Seawall Inn & Suites by the Beach
Address: 102 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550
Phone: (409) 766-7070