Thursday, March 27, 2008

Union Institute & University Partners with the Academy of Medicine for Forum on Global Volunteerism

CINCINNATI – Leaders in the field of medical volunteerism will convene at Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati April 17 to take part in “Medical Volunteerism and Ethics in a Global Society,” a daylong forum presented by Union Institute & University and the Academy of Medicine.

The event will feature keynote speakers Edward O’Neil, M.D., and Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, Ph.D. as well as talks by other nationally recognized experts in the field of medical volunteerism who will speak on a variety of related subjects including a first-hand accounts of a Third-World medical volunteer; health preparation for international travel and medical relief work; and the essential planning elements necessary to lead successful missions abroad.

Dr. O’Neil is the author of Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, and Global Service, and A Practical Guide to Global Health Service, and founder of the founder the non-profit organization Omni-Med, ( which focuses on health volunteerism and ethical leadership. His keynote talk will address global volunteerism for everyone, and will explain how to recognize the right opportunities and how to get started.

Dr. Virginia Ruehlmann Wiltse, is a graduate of UI&U’s doctoral program in interdisciplinary studies and is the director and vice president of Care Response Madagascar Foundation – a locally-based organization that provides extensive relief efforts to Madagascar. Her presentation, “Ordinary People and Everyday Miracles: Global Volunteerism from the Non-Medical Perspective,” will include video footage from her travels to Madagascar that illustrate what can be accomplished when ordinary people contribute their resources or volunteer their time and talent to benefit the poor in the developing world.

“Medical Volunteerism and Ethics in a Global Society” is the first of three lectures presented by UI&U as part of their series; Presidential Forum: Leadership Opportunities and Social Responsibility in An Age of Accountability. The series is made possible by a grant awarded to UI&U from The Helen Steiner Rice Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GSF).

The event is open to the public and will also include a panel discussion, as well as a five minute Q&A between speakers. Dinner is included in the registration fee.
To register for the event contact the Academy of Medicine at (513) 421-7010 or visit

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