Our Class of 2017
We are off to a good start. The class of 2017 consists of 24 highly experienced and committed international Mentors and 30 bright, enthusiastic, and promising students and young professionals (SYPs). Here are some of the statistics:
1) Gender: Among the 24 Mentors, there are 4 women and 20 men. In contrast, the 30 SYPs in the program include 23 women and 7 men. This gender shift is an indication of the historical trend in the fields of Medicine, Public Health, and Global Health in the last 50-70 years, a trend that is expected to continue in the next decades (in other words, the health of planet Earth is in good hands!)
2) Geographic distribution: MultiPOD Mentoring is undoubtedly a worldwide program. Our reach encompasses 17 time zones, from Vancouver, Canada to Melbourne, Australia and our 54 Mentors and SYPs were born in or are currently working or studying in 47 different countries:
Central and West Africa: Cameroon, DR Congo, Ghana, Guinea
North Africa and the Middle East: Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Palestine, Tunisia
North America: Canada, Mexico, United States
Central America: Panama
South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
English and Dutch Caribbean: Curaçao, Jamaica, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal
South East Asia: Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam
East Asia: Hong Kong
Western Europe: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland
Northern Europe: Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom
Southern Europe: Italy, Portugal, Spain
Eastern Europe and the Caucasus: Romania, Georgia
The collective international experience of this group is probably closer to one-half of the world’s countries (90-100) if we take into account the number of foreign countries in which MultiPOD Mentors and some of the SYPs have worked or provided technical cooperation during their decades-long careers.
3) Academic and Professional Background: Almost all of the Mentors (21 of 24) are physicians. Among the 30 SYPs, the situation is reversed. There are only three medical doctors and one medical student. The remaining 26 young women and men have been trained in the following disciplines:
Political Science, Informatics, Neuroscience, Dentistry, Nursing, Parasitology, Microbiology, Physical Therapy, Business Administration, Food and Nutrition, Psychology, Medical Anthropology, Biomedical Sciences, Epidemiology, Healthcare Navigation, Pharmacy, Sociology, Life Sciences, Health Economics, International Development, Management, Policy Analysis, Finance, Health Systems, and Environmental Studies, among others.
It is now evident that the field of Global Health is becoming more multidimensional and interdisciplinary, as more and more young practitioners from different fields of study and expertise contribute their own perspectives and methods to improving health across the world.
4) Languages: Although English is our working language, MultiPOD Mentoring's SYPs and Mentors are native speakers of or fluent in more than twenty languages. These include the six official languages of the United Nations (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), three of the newly proposed UN official languages (Bengali, Hindi, and Portuguese), and other Asian, European, and African languages (Burmese, Cantonese, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, German, Italian, Odia, Romanian, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, and Yoruba)
This has important practical implications for the future expansion of our program. Some of our SYP-Mentor pairs feel more comfortable and are already working in French, Spanish, Burmese, Italian, Arabic, Dutch, Hindi, and Portuguese. As MultiPOD Mentoring extends its reach and expands, we plan to engage Mentors who speak additional languages to facilitate the participation of SYPs from other countries and areas of the world, who may not be fluent in English.