Mei Elansary's research while affiliated with Yale University and other places

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Conference Paper
In recent years, increasing numbers of US-based health professional students have traveled to low resource settings to conduct short-term research projects. At times, pre-departure training can be inadequate, leaving students unprepared for the ethical challenges posed by these experiences. This is magnified by the lack of attention paid to the bur...
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Recent interest in global health among medical students has grown drastically, and many students now spend time abroad conducting short-term research projects in low-resource settings. These short-term stints in developing countries present important ethical challenges to US-based students and their medical schools as well as the institutions that...
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When asked to relate my experience of anatomy to the first-year medical and physician associate students at Yale before the start of their own first dissection, I found no better words to share than those of my classmates. Why speak with only one tongue, I said, when you can draw on 99 others? Anatomical dissection elicits what our course director,...

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... 5 They learn about ethical guidelines for limiting harm while working in host communities and are reminded of how the practice of global health can be a call to service, honoring the many caring reasons people enter the health care professions in the first place. 6,7 These are all valid lessons. However, based on our observations domestically and internationally, we are concerned that these lessons are framed more by biomedical models of training and practice in the United States than by a sincere aspiration to explore the broader social and systemic forces that drive inequity and promulgate illness. ...
... For example, Zaman and Nahar note that when conducting research in Bangladesh, they found the word 'research' did not exist in the Bengali language and when translated meant 'finding a lost cow' . Global health projects have too often been developed without the input of LMIC local partners, leading to claims of neo-colonialism [7]. The conditional adherence to HIC governance models by the funders of research who are predominantly from the global north could similarly be seen as neocolonial. ...
... In most cases, these events are designed and organized by faculties and students with active participation of students from allied health care in few occasions (Hull and Shea, 1998). The framework of these ceremonies customarily include reflections of the students regarding experiences in the dissection room, thoughts on the selfless act of the donor with respect for him/her and artistic expressions of gratitude in the form of paintings, poetry, music as well as sundry forms of arts (Kim and Sandoval, 2005;Elansary et al., 2009;Eze et al., 2009;Pawlina et al., 2011). ...