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Dear Global Health friends,

The OIA GLOBAL HEALTH FORUM welcomes Dr. Sonya Patel-Nguyen to share her


Office of International Activities

Global Health Forum


“Primary Care for Displaced Persons: Experiences in Greece”

Sonya Patel-Nguyen, M.D.

Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, PGY3

OIA Global Health Scholar

Thursday, Nov. 17th


UNC Hospital Starbucks

Brown Bag lunch ∙ Coffee provided


Dr. Sonya Patel-Nguyen’s bio

Sonya is a first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants, born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in the nearby suburbs. She stayed close to home for college, attending North Carolina State University and majoring in biomedical engineering. During college, she explored global health topics in engineering and public health, traveling to Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Ethiopia. Soon thereafter, she attended UNC for medical school, during which she took a year off to pursue research and non-profit work with the Palestinian Cleft Society in the West Bank. She graduated medical school as an inaugural member of the school’s Gold Humanism Honor Society, and with awards honoring her dedication to health, humanism, and human rights. During residency, Sonya has continued to pursue global health topics and electives. She traveled to south India as a Sanders Scholar with Project Hope, and more recently has volunteered with the Syrian American Medical Society providing primary care to Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers in Greece. She is excited to travel back to Greece and Jordan in early 2017 for more volunteer work. Sonya plans to pursue some combination of inpatient medicine, critical care, and global health in the future.


On the Horizon

For the OIA GLOBAL HEALTH FORUM December session, Dr. Matthew Collins, an ID Fellow in the UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, will be discussing his Zika research. Mark your calendars- Dec. 15th at Noon in the Hospital Starbucks.


About the OIA Global Health Forum


The UNC School of Medicine’s Office of International Activities now sponsors a monthly OIA GLOBAL HEALTH FORUM that features UNC clinicians, researchers, resident physicians, and scholars through which we hope to build a global health learning community through the SOM; an opportunity for residents to showcase their work and also to involve more faculty with diverse global health interests and expertise and to mix medical student and resident audiences. We hope to have diverse formats – including lectures, resident presentations of scholarly work, journal clubs and case studies.

The OIA GLOBAL HEALTH FORUM takes place every third Thursday of the month through May, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in UNC Hospital Starbucks on UNC campus. For more information, feedback, or to suggest a topic or speaker, please contact the OIA Program Manager, Shay Slifko