The 2021 Global Student Clinical Experience

Breaking Boundaries, Virtually

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, Columbia University School of Nursing understands that global collaboration and equity is more important than ever to our commitment to providing the highest quality of nursing education. Travel restrictions and closures are not a deterrent to expanding collaboration and learning from each other.

With the constant support and dedication of our global partners, Columbia Nursing transformed our Global Student Clinical Experience into a virtual program for Spring 2021. For five weeks, 44 selected MDE students learned virtually with faculty, nurses and midwives, and students from 10 different global sites: the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jordan, Malawi, Italy, Nepal, China, Israel, and The Gambia.

From May 3rd to June 4th, 2021, Columbia Nursing students participated in weekly lectures and engaged in vibrant discussions with our global partners and their teams on the differences and similarities in health care systems, policies, challenges, and the role of nurses on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With deep gratitude to our global colleagues, we offer you an overview of the MDE students' global virtual experiences and recordings of their final projects.

Program Overview

View an introduction from Jennifer E. Dohrn, DNP, CNM, FAAN, assistant dean of global initiatives, on the Spring 2021 virtual program and the projects developed by the 44 MDE students.


Virtual Global Projects

View presentations of the projects developed by Columbia Nursing students in collaboration with 10 global clinical partners.


Partner site: The Affiliated Hospital of Shandong University of Traditional Medicine, Jinan, China


  • Western medical approaches and the integration of traditional Chinese medicine: Management of hypertension
  • Western medical approaches and the integration of traditional Chinese medicine: Lung cancer

By MDE students: Michelle Grader, Hayley Greene, Elise Manzanillo, Arias Abbruzzi Davis, Leanna Wei, Sophie Meade, and Kelly Wong

Faculty liaison: Wen-Chiao Peng, DNP, ACNP-BC

View the Presentation

Dominican Republic

Partner site: La Clínica de Familia, La Romana, Dominican Republic

Project: Healthcare Behaviors and Attitudes Among Male Adolescents in the Dominican Republic

By MDE students: Genesys Duran, Sara Mittleberg, Talita Campos, and Angela Simpson

Faculty liaison: Kathleen Mullen, DNP, RN, CNE

View the Presentation


Partner sites: Pencils of Promise in Ho and St. Anthony’s Hospital, Dzodze, Ghana

Project: Menstruation Education, Myths, and Taboos

By MDE students: Nadia Hassan and Jamie Wells

Faculty liaison: Mary Moran, MS, FNP, MPH, RN, CCRN

View the Presentation


Partner site: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Be’er Sheva, Israel

Project: Multicultural Women's Health in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By MDE students: Audrey Rubanich and Haley O'Neill

Faculty liaison: Jeanne N. Churchill, DNP, CPNP-PC

View the Presentation


Partner site: University of Torino, Torino, Italy

Project: Global Nursing Intelligence and Simulation: Pediatric Clinical Scenarios from the Italian and American Perspective

By MDE students: Panagiota Giannakos, Danielle Serphos, Chloe Pulido, and Liliana Silebi

Faculty liaison: Lisa Iannacci-Manasia, MS, PNP

View the Presentation


Partner site: University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

Project: Comparing Similarities and Differences in Standard Care for COVID-19 Patients in Jordan and the Unites States

By MDE students: Angela Cameron, Ian Irwin, Lakisha Drayton, Lauren Dulay, and Lara Gaffney

Faculty liaison: Mara Berta, DNP, MPH, RN, AGACNP-BC

View the Presentation


Partner site: Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, Lilongwe, Malawi

Project: Educational Presentations/Materials on HIV, TB, and COVID-19 in Malawi

By MDE students: Ariel Miller, Aaron Yagoda, Katie Kleinberg, and Hindrik Prenger

Faculty liaison: Ana Kelly, PhD, RN

View the Presentation


Partner site: Marhajgunj Nursing Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal


  • Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare in the United States
  • The Effect of Covid-19 on Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the United States

By MDE students: Vanessa Rosenbaum, Caroline Cochran, Katharine Mayo, Shangyne Samuels, and Johanna Monro

Faculty liaison: Heidi Hahn-Schroeder, DNP, RN

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The Gambia

Partner site: American International University West Africa, Banjul, The Gambia


  • Building Midwifery Leadership in Resource Constraint Communities
  • Management of Obstetric Cases During a Pandemic

By MDE students: Margaret Towne, Kira Poncelet, Kaycie Hutcheson, Lauren DeVaughn, Sarah Elisabeth Adaeze Odidka, Hildie Hoeschen, Tylea Eison, and Cameryn Lacey

Faculty liaison: Jennifer E. Dohrn, DNP, CNM, FAAN

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Trinidad and Tobago

Partner site: University of West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tabago

Project: Breastfeeding and Baby-Friendly Policies in Trinidad & Tobago and the United States

By MDE students: Megan Czurda, Najah Boyd, and Emma Kowiak

Faculty liaison: Jaime E. Panton, DNP, CPNP-AC/PC

View the Presentation