African Health OER Network: Problems in Travel Medicine

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August 25, 2010
January 24, 2012

The purpose of this program is to teach the fundamental principles of Travel Medicine by solving a series of travel-related problems. The cases unfold with decision points where you will be required to make choices. Reference materials will be provided to assist you, and you may change your decisions based on what you learn (unlike the real world). Since the cases become progressively more difficult and complex, it is best to work through them in order.

Instructor: Cary Engleberg, M.D., D.T.M.&H.

Structure: An interactive, case-based learning program

Link: Click Here to Start Program

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program,

  • The learner will know how to recommend protection against or management of health problems associated with travel including:
    • malaria
    • traveler's diarrhea
    • vaccine-preventable infections
    • physical hazards of foreign travel
  • The learner will understand how underlying medical conditions may affect the traveler's risk of illness abroad and the recommendations that may be offered to protect the traveler.
  • The learner will have an acquaintance with the presentation and management of common problems in returning travelers, their diagnosis and management.

About the Creators

Cary Engleberg

Cary Engleberg, MD, DTM&H, is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Professor of Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to his experience in medical education, he has extensive past experience in cross-cultural and international work. He began his medical career after his Internal Medicine Residency at the George Washington University as a Peace Corps Physician in Chad and Cameroon from 1977 to 1980. He subsequently earned DTM&H at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then served as an EIS Officer for the CDC in the Phoenix Area Indian Health Service. The CDC service also included epidemiologic projects in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Dr. Engleberg was trained in the subspecialty of Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas-San Antonio and secured his first faculty appointment at that institution in 1984. In 1986, he joined the faculty of the Departments of Internal Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology at the University of Michigan, where he was also Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 1994 until 2005. As an NIH-sponsored researcher, Dr. Engleberg has conducted basic research on the pathogenesis of Legionnaires’ disease and Group A streptococcus during most of these years. He is the author or co-author of 67 peer-reviewed research articles, 40 book chapters, and Editor-in-Chief of Schaechter’s Mechanisms of Microbial Disease, a microbiology textbook for medical students.

Dr. Engleberg also holds a position as a Visiting Professor in the School of Medical Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana. In 2011, Dr. Engleberg was awarded the University of Michigan Medical School's Lifetime Achievement Award in Medical Education, which recognizes a faculty member or group of faculty members who have contributed significantly to medical education.