While participating in short-term global health experiences as a medical student and
resident, Heather A. Lukolyo, M.D., M.H.S., FAAP, saw how trainees who were unprepared
often burdened their hosts.
“I started thinking about the impact that the revolving door of learners coming into
these international sites had on host preceptors, institutions and communities,” she
Since then, Dr. Lukolyo has researched the impact of short-term global health experiences
on visitors and hosts, and has led local, regional and national training on pre-departure
Dr. Lukolyo will lead an interactive group forum titled “Ready, Set, Go Global: Preparation
for Short-Term Global Health Experiences (I3119)” from 4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5,
in room W224G of the convention center. She will be joined by Stephen D. Warrick,
M.D., FAAP, who also has extensive experience in preparation for global health work.
“This session will be useful to the global health novice hoping to complete their
first global health experience, to the global health educators and mentors who help
prepare learners for their time abroad and to the experienced global health traveler
who wants to learn best practices for pre-departure preparation,” said Dr. Lukolyo,
assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the Community, Outreach and Advocacy,
Global HOPE (Hematology Oncology Pediatric Excellence) program at Baylor College of
Dr. Lukolyo and Dr. Warrick, who are members of the AAP Section on International Child
Health, will discuss the complexities of short-term global health work; how visitors
can positively and negatively impact a country’s health care systems and personnel;
and resources for preparation.
“Negative impacts can be one of the greatest challenges for global health work,” said
Dr. Warrick, volunteer assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center. “The list of impacts is extensive, but examples can be negative
cultural interactions, changing workload on the local system with arrival of expat
teams and poor outcomes due to lack of knowledge/understanding of local disease and
The session also will be highly interactive with participants working in small groups
to generate strategies for global health preparation to suit their individual needs.
“As more and more trainees participate in short-term global health experiences, we
have an obligation to ensure their trips are ethically sound and mutually beneficial,”
Dr. Lukolyo said. “We will build a case for the importance of pre-departure preparation
prior to any short-term global health experience and equip participant attendees with
resources and strategies to overcome barriers.”