Tag Archives: PUBLIC HEALTH

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Blood

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
December 10, 2018

‘Tis the season to be jolly — but not to give blood, evidently. According to the Red Cross, the number of people who give blood plummets from Thanksgiving to New Year’s.[1] That’s alarming. Nationwide, someone needs blood every two seconds.[2] But only 10 percent of eligible people donate.[3] More need to do so. Since primary […]

To Ward off Deadly Diseases, Poor Nations Need the Help of Veterinarians

By Neil C. Olson, Dean of St. George's School of Veterinary Medicine
October 31, 2018

Every year, 2.7 million people die from diseases transferred between animals and humans.[1] Poor nations are most vulnerable to these “zoonotic” diseases. Veterinarians who specialize in public health are uniquely qualified to identify these diseases and play a critical role in preventing them from spreading. Zoonotic diseases spread from animals to humans in a variety […]

Underserved Communities Need International Medical Graduates

By Dr. G. Richard Olds, President of St. George's University
October 6, 2018

The United States could be short up to 120,000 physicians — including 50,000 primary care doctors — by 2030.[1] The shortage will be most severe in low-income, rural, and already-underserved regions. Thankfully, there’s a solution. International medical graduates are uniquely suited to fill these gaps in the doctor workforce — more so than their domestically […]