Group of 16 women from around the world and Russell Sage College gathered in front of a mural on campus.

The international visitors gathered around the medical manikin in the Nursing Simulation Lab. They pulled out their phones to snap photos and videos as Russell Sage Assistant Professor of Nursing Arlene McGuane talked about how the manikins have heart, lung and bowel sounds that can be programmed to present different irregularities depending on the lesson.

On April 14, 2023, 11 healthcare professionals from throughout the world toured the lab as part of their visit to Sage, one of many stops in “Mitigating Challenges in Women’s Health: A Multi-regional Project.” The project, a three-week tour of various sites throughout the United States, is a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State and the International Center for the Capital Region, a nonprofit organization that facilitates international visitors.  

Along with President Christopher Ames and Nursing Department Chair Glenda Kelman, faculty from Nursing, Public Health, Psychology, Education, and Criminal Justice, Law and Behavioral Science joined the group for a discussion about healthcare issues ranging from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to improving management education in the healthcare workforce. Before taking a tour of the Nursing Simulation Lab, the group brainstormed new opportunities to share Sage resources and collaborate on addressing women’s and public health, along with ideas for future research and study abroad internships.

This recent all-female group of healthcare professionals included doctors, health-centered non-governmental organization leaders, and healthcare administrators representing Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Mongolia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Suriname and the United Republic of Tanzania. 

“Healthcare has changed considerably since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kathy Kelly, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “Nationally, we face an overburdened healthcare workforce, an outdated public health infrastructure, rising maternal mortality, and a significant shortage of nursing and mental health professionals. Working together and sharing expertise is one solution to addressing the magnitude of these systemic challenges.”

This was the second year the School of Health Sciences at Sage hosted such a group. Last year, Sage welcomed a delegation of doctors from the Ukraine.

Nadeen Mohamed Mahmoud Elessawy, M.D., a plastic surgeon and assistant lecturer of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Kasr al Ainy Hospital, Cairo University, said the Nursing Simulation Lab was one of the most exciting parts of her visit to Sage. While she has utilized medical manikins in Egypt, she said, they are not full-body manikins, and they’re not as technologically advanced.

“We don’t have the full thing with the breathing and the blinking,” she said. “That’s very exciting. The training area is fascinating.”

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