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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Classroom view: from Cape Town to our town

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Courtesy of Werner Bayer

Bridget Griffith is interning as an epidemiology fellow at the African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM). Griffith, who completed her master’s in public health at Yale earlier this year and will be entering a doctoral program next year, took a break from her work at AFEM to teach a session of Professor Roger LeBrun’s honors course, “The Global Challenge of Emerging Infectious Disease,” via Google Hangout from her temporary home base in Cape Town, South Africa.

At AFEM, Griffith is working on a trauma registry, which will allow better tracking of emergency medical treatment. With better statistics about who seeks treatment—and where, why, and how—emergency medical facilities can be more prepared, responsive and efficient. She recently attended…

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