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Global Health SIG Vice-Chair Ballot

Karen Gold, MD, MSCI   
University of Oklahoma, SCM     

Medical School University of Okalhoma (grad - 1994) Residency in OB/GYN University of Oklahoma (grad - 1998) Active duty, United States Air Force (5 Years), rank of Major  Private Practice - OB/GYN FPMRS Fellowship, Vanderbilt University (grad - 2011) Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation, Vanderbilt University (grad - 2011) University of Oklahoma, School of Community Medicine in Tulsa OK (2012 - present) Volunteer: Good Samaritan Health Services in Tulsa, OK  I have held a variety of leadership position and believe myself to be someone who is dedicated to quality, efficiency, and service. My particular interests are education, business practice, rural outreach and global health.  I have been involved in multiple medical global missions, the most recent the FPMRS fellowship in Ethiopia. I would be willing to commit the necessary time and effort for any of the AUGS committees as needed.            

AUGS Activities

  • AUGS member since approx. 2007
  • Poster presentations      

Interest Statement
While my involvement in AUGS to date has been limited, I have a genuine interest in becoming more involved in the future. After leaving fellowship I accepted the position as residency program director at OU in Tulsa (16 residents). After 2 years as the program director, I became the Interim Chair for 1 year and am now the Chair. This position required that I dedicate the majority of my time to learning and understanding the running or an ACGME residency program, all of which involved the skill and characteristics of commitment, meeting deadlines, critical/strategic thinking skills, and resolution in a team setting.  This opportunity has made me more aware of the needs with regard to Education of not only fellows , but residents, students and even general OB/GYN's with regard to FPMRS.  As of 7/1/17 I will turn the PD position over to someone else and will have time to dedicate to AUGS. The committees listed as options would all allow me to contribute and share years of experience.

Svjetlana Lozo, MD, MPH             
Northshore Health System/University of Chicago              

My interested in the field of obstetrics and gynecology has stemmed from my desire to work with underserved and marginalized patient population. Following my residency training in Brooklyn, NY, I decided to pursue Global Health Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. During my fellowship I was faced with multiple challenges of developing training programs for local doctors and nurses, using available resources on the ground and at the same time learning how to write grants and proposals to get needed funding. During this time I have completed Masters in Public Health at Harvard University and decided to pursue further training in the field of urogynecology. As vice chair of Global Health group, my goal would be to get AUGS physicians and fellows interested in sharing their knowledge with residents and fellows in countries that do not have adequate urogynecology exposure and be creative about possible virtual and on the ground collaborations.            

AUGS Involvement
This will be my first involvement in AUGS. I have just completed my first year of fellowship and have not head opportunities to get involved until now.  

Interest Statement
As the member of AUGS committee, I would bring organizational skills, out of box thinking, international prospective as well as strong desire to establish adequate and successful teams. Timely communication is one of the my strengths, as well as ability to connect individuals from variety of backgrounds for one common mission. Being a fellow, who has already completed one fellowship I have been part of numerous Global Health organizations and have spent over 1.5 yrs on the ground in Kenya.  Ability to access situation and determine adequate approaches and possibilities in new and different situations is also one of my strengths.

Kavita Mishra
UC San Francisco             

I am a recent graduate of the Brown FPMRS fellowship program (2016) and am an assistant clinical professor at UCSF, one of two full-time faculty in FPMRS. I am also a faculty member for the Kaiser East Bay-UCSF fellowship. As a resident, I was an AUGS Resident Scholar in 2011. Recently, I served on the AUGS Education Committee, Fellows Education Work Group, from 2014-2016, helping to organize the fellows program for PFD Week 2016. I am very dedicated to teaching and education. During fellowship, I was the Top Fellow Teacher of the Year for residents in 2015 and the Top Fellow Teacher of the Year for medical students in 2014. I currently run the surgical skills program for UCSF residents. In research, I presented a video poster and oral poster at AUGS in 2013 and 2016 and several abstracts since 2011. I have participated in two surgical missions to Rwanda with the International Organization for Women & Development and will continue my missions there as an attending, starting in 2018.              

AUGS Activities

  • AUGS Education Committee, Fellows Education Work Group from 2014-2016
  • AUGS Fellows FPMRS Webinar Series
  • AUGS Member of Global Health SIG       

Interest Statement
I am excited to be an active member of AUGS and look forward to working to advance our field and work closely with mentors in FPMRS. As I transition from recent fellow to academician, I recognize the importance of involvement in our national organization, to continue my self-education, and to promote our life-changing specialty. I have dedicated administrative time (20%), so that I may be involved in research, education, and leadership. I am a team-oriented individual, work by deadline, and have often been called "a good egg." I prefer to stay on task and meet goals set early by the team. My personality is of a positive listener/synthesizer with excellent organization skills.

Ambereen  Sleemi, MD, MPH,MS(c)         
International Medical Response

I completed my MD and MPH at George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. My residency was at LSU-Charity Hospital in New Orleans. As a National Health Service Corps scholar, I       fulfilled my service commitment in Jamaica, New York. I served as the Director of Gynecology services at Queens Hospital Center- Mt Sinai Services in Jamaica, New York for 2 years. Volunteer work led me to Haiti, Niger,  Nicaragua and Hondura. After a 3 week trip to Niger, I entered a FPMRS fellowship at Maimonides Medical Center and continued on as faculty. I assumed  the role of Associate Program Director for the program in 2010, started the Global Health Elective in Gynecology and created the curriculum used. Two years ago, I left my position to launch a grassroots global health non-profit called International Medical Response (IMR) and run surgical training programs in Haiti, Liberia and Malawi, that focus on training local ob/gyn residents in urogynecology and fistula surgery.      

AUGS Activities

  • Patient Engagement Committee 2015-17 term
  • Member since 2005          

Interest Statement
I'm interested in continuing to serve AUGS. I have enjoyed my 2 years with this group and would like to continue to further its mission. I am able to commit the time for meeting and social media efforts. I am active on several social media platforms and believe I can farther AUGS reach with my experience. I completed a public health journalism internship from 2011-2013 with the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, which published a website called the 2x2 Project (since folded into the Dept of Epidemiology at Mailman). The goal was to present public health stories to a lay audience. I wrote articles and was active in the editing and publishing aspects of the site. I feel these skills are well-suited for this activity, bringing critical and strategic thinking skills to create innovative engagement solutions.