Education Abroad (EA)

90-minute Conference Session

Off the Grid, on Alert: Medical and Security Hot Spots

Thursday, October 20
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Room: Rose Island I

Scholastic institutions are sending their students, faculty and staff further into remote regions and places that are hotbeds of medical and security risks. Where are the countries with the most potential and which offer the most risk? How do schools gauge the medical and safety risks and benefits and what role does the study abroad or program director play? This session will take a look at emerging markets, security and healthcare considerations, and case studies. 

Learning Objectives:

Todd Holmes

International Safety and Security Program Manager
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Todd applies a decade of NGO safety and security experience to support safer travel abroad for the MIT community. Having lived and operated in high risk areas such as Haiti, Egypt, Mali, and Afghanistan, Todd leverages locsl experiences and global knowledge to better prepare and advise on travel risks as well as reduce traveler exposure to them. As an employee of a leading global academic research institution, the objective remains to enable its travelers to safely carry out research or study abroad activity with as little disruption as possible.


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Robert L. Quigley

Senior Vice President and Regional Medical Director
International SOS

Robert Quigley, M.D., D.Phil, is responsible for leading the delivery of high quality medical assistance, healthcare management and medical transportation services.

Prior to joining International SOS, Dr. Quigley was a board-certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon who directed two open heart programs within the Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia where he was a professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College. He is also board certified in general surgery and critical care.

Dr. Quigley has authored more than 100 clinical and basic science articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been an invited guest lecturer globally throughout his career.


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Kim Howard

University of Vermont Office of International Education

Kim Howard has served as the director of the University of Vermont Office of International Education, an inbound/outbound office, since 2008. During her tenure, the office has implemented data management and work flow technology systems for both study abroad and international student/scholar services; doubled its international student population; brought in-house H-1B and permanent residency filings; and grown staffing by 65%. Kim is responsible for coordinating the University's health and safety processes for faculty leading students abroad.


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