F U L B R I G H T F O R U M
“Promoting Adolescent Health in Nepal: Facing the Challenge through Medical Education”
Speaker – Dr. Betsy L. Fine, Fulbright/Lecturer Researcher of Medical Sciences
Date - Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Time - 3:00 p.m.
Venue - Fulbright Commission Auditorium, Gyaneshwor
A major objective of Adolescent Medicine is prevention, with the goal of reducing health risks for adult disease. Much of the premature death and disability in adults relates to behaviors that begin in adolescence.
Communicable diseases were once a major cause of poor health in Nepal. Improved treatment and prevention of infectious diseases have resulted in marked reduction in mortality rates in young children. However, there has not been a comparable reduction in the number of deaths of adolescents and young adults. The health risks faced by adolescents, and subsequently adults, have not been adequately addressed. Both emerging and more developed nations face similar health problems: preventable diseases traced to lifestyle; poor nutrition, and use of tobacco and other substances; and, accidental deaths including suicide. Medical education must incorporate evidence-based approaches to reduce these lifestyle and accident-related health risks.
Developing an adolescent health curriculum for the new pediatric post-graduate program at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences that addresses these important issues poses challenges of both adaptation as well as adoption. In this presentation we will explore these challenges and discuss possible solutions.
Dr. Betsy Fine is an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Washington. She received her MD degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Fine taught for 18 years at the Tacoma Family Medicine (TFM) Residency whose mission is to train family physicians for practice in rural and underserved locations. Having developed an interest in adolescent health, she obtained additional certification in Adolescent Medicine and joined the faculty of the Pediatric Residency at Madigan Army Center where she worked until January, 2016. Her Fulbright project is to collaborate with the faculty of the Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS) to develop an Adolescent Medicine curriculum for a Pediatric post-graduate program.