Instructor To Work in Malawi as Fulbright Scholar

Dr. David M. Walker, instructor in pediatric emergency medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, has been named a 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholar.

Walker will work at the pediatric emergency service of the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi, the main teaching hospital of the University of Malawi College of Medicine. He will serve as a visiting lecturer in its Department of Pediatrics and will collaborate on research to evaluate protocols that guide the initial identification and management of children with traumatic injuries and burns.

A Yale College graduate (1996), Walker has been involved in educational and research projects in pediatric emergency medicine in the Philippines, Qatar and India. He also participated in medical disaster relief efforts in Haiti. He is site director for a multinational pediatric emergency medicine research collaborative and co-author of a chapter on pediatric emergency medicine in the developing world for the upcoming 19th edition of “The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.” He is one of the first recipients of the Yale Global Health Initiative Faculty Travel Award.

At Yale he is also a faculty member at the School of Nursing, and he is an attending physician in the pediatric emergency department of the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. He is the director for quality and safety for pediatric emergency medicine and director of mentorship and curriculum for the global health track of the Yale pediatrics residency. He is a faculty fellow of Branford College, a freshman and sophomore academic adviser and a member of the Yale Alumni Chorus.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, has placed nearly 300,000 students, scholars and teachers in programs around the world, giving them the opportunity to observe each others’ political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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