News from OGACHI

Relf Selected as 2014 Distinguished Alumnus of South Dakota State University

Michael Relf is one among eight alums from five decades to be honored as the 2014 class of Distinguished Alumni at South Dakota State University (SDSU) for distinguished leadership in the SDSU community and beyond. He will receive prestigious recognition from his alma mater for his accomplishments and achievements. He joins 318 other alumni as part of the Sherwood O. Berg Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor.

Global Collaboration Results in Conference on Global Innovations in Nursing and Midwifery Education, Research, Practice

The inaugural Global Innovations in Nursing and Midwifery Education, Research and Practice Conference was held January 25-27, 2015, in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference represented a culmination of two-and-a-half years of global collaboration between Rwandan nurses and midwives, Human Resources for Health (HRH) partners, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Rwanda (UR).

Blood-Siegfried, Pereira, Broome Present at Conference to Help Establish FNP Program in Rural Tanzania

Jane Blood-Siegfried, Kathy Pereira and Dean Marion E. Broome presented at a conference sponsored by Duke University School of Nursing and Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University in Arusha, Tanzania, February 9-12. The "Consensus Building Conference: Establishing a Family Nurse Practitioner Program for Rural Tanzania" was attended by the Deputy Minister of Health for Tanzania; stakeholders in Tanzania, Botswana and Ghana; and partners in the U.S. A goal of this conference is to lead the way to establishing a Family Nurse Practitioner program.

From the Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives

**This message is for Current F-1 students on Optional Practical Training and Duke administrators with employees using the F-1 Optional Practical Training visa category for employment.

Until recently, F-1 students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study were eligible for an additional 17 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) beyond the standard 12 months (STEM OPT).

From OGACHI - Duke Visa Updates & Visit from International Scholar

  • This week, OGACHI welcomed Dr. Stephen Rulisa from the University of Rwanda. He is the head of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and dean of the Faculty of Medicine for the College of Medicine and Health Sciences. During his visit, he met with faculty members Michael Relf, Bei Wu, Robin Dail and Jane Blood-Siegfried to discuss research priorities and explore/brainstorm opportunities to collaborative or partner in the future.

Student Spotlight: Katherine Silverwood - Finds Passion in Nursing Through Everyday Living in Africa

DUSON Student Spotlight highlights the diverse background of our nursing students and their personal stories of dedication, leadership, perseverance and academic or community achievements.

DUSON shines a spotlight on MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner student Katherine Anne Silverwood from Charlotte, N.C. Silverwood will graduate December 2015.

Q: What would people be surprised to know about you?

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