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International Visiting Scholars and Visitors Programs

International Students


The Office of Global Health welcomes international visitors (university faculty, students, nursing and health professionals, scholars and leaders) to observe, interact and learn more about the University of Maryland's (UM) nursing facilities, programs, and opportunities. International visitors bring new cultural and professional perspectives to the School of Nursing community and help expand the School’s understanding of the roles and challenges of the global health nurse. 

  • International Visiting Scholars Program (by application, for individuals)
    The International Visiting Scholars Program (IVSP) provides motivated nursing scholars with opportunities to develop specific learning objectives and conduct related activities in collaboration with an appropriate UMSON faculty mentor. Length and complexity of a scholars program is determined by a planning and proposal process. Applicants do not need to speak directly with the faculty mentor prior to applying; however, they should review the UMSON Office of Research Web pages to learn about the strengths of the School. IVSP strives to expand the individual’s global health nursing capacity as a leader, educator, and researcher with a focus on building new partnerships and initiatives.
  • International Visitors Program (by request, for individuals and small groups)
    The Office of Global Health welcomes short-term visitors with advance notice. A visitor’s fee may apply depending on requestor’s timeline, goals, and objectives.

Anne Brenner, Office of Global Health, asks Rayan Al Dabbah from American University in Beirut to introduce herself and then share what she's most looking forward to taking back to her home institution from her time at the University of Maryland Medical Center and UMSON.

Visiting Scholar Profiles

Maya Abdul-Rahman (September 2011 - November 2011)

Ms. Abdul Rahman RN, BSN, MSN Candidate spent eight weeks in Baltimore at UMMC as a partial fulfillment of her nursing residency program at American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. Her residency was facilitated by a collaborative initiative between AUB School of Nursing and the University of Maryland School of Nursing. The clinical component of her program was mentored by Karen Kaiser, PhD, RN, Clinical Practice Coordinator of Oncology, Pain, & Palliative Care at UMMC. Maya participated in clinical rounds on three different pain service teams: Pain management team (trauma, adult and pediatrics), palliative care and integrative medicine team. She was exposed to current trends in pain assessment and management, and identification of pain management medications and treatment plans. Faculty members Dr. Deborah Witt-Sherman and Dr. Deb McGuire also provided scholarly mentorship focusing on palliative care research.

Jaehee Kim, PhD (June 2008 – December 2009)

Dr. Kim earned a PhD at Yonsei University, Korea, in 2004. Her dissertation topic was The Relative Efficiency of the Primary Health Care Post and Its Related Factors. Dr. Kim’s experience includes work as a researcher at an non-profit organization for health care consumers and a university lecturer on community health nursing and health education. Her research focus areas are community health nursing and health behaviors, especially for adolescents. Currently, Dr. Kim is studying the utilization of nurses and the process of community participation for reorganizing primary health care in Korea.

Jean-François Desbiens (August 2009 – November 2009)

Mr. Desbiens is a nurse from Canada who has been working in oncology and palliative care for several years. He is also a PhD candidate in nursing at Lavale University, Quebec City. During his IVS program, Professor Deborah Witt-Sherman, PhD, RN, FAAN, professor,, served as his faculty mentor. Mr. Desbiens completed pre-doctoral learning objectives related to research training in palliative care and completion of a survey, Translating and adapting an Instrument Measuring Self-Perceived Palliative Care Nursing Competencies from French to English. His research background involves palliative care nurses’ psychosocial adjustment to stress and palliative care nurses’ competencies. He is also interested in cancer survivorship, the experience of chronic illness, and measurement issues in nursing.

Erick Landeros Olvera (May 2009)

Mr. Landeros Olvera of Mexico City, Mexico, received his MSN in community health from the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, where he is currently a PhD candidate. During his IVS program, Professor Barbara Smith, PhD, RN, FAAN, , served as his faculty mentor. Mr. Olvera’s program goals and objectives included pre-doctoral learning experiences to broaden his nursing research training in exercise physiology, international collaboration with exercise physiology researchers and scholars, and assistance in refining research protocol and intervention feasibility for his proposed dissertation study, Physical Exercise in Women with Obesity: Physiological and Self-Concept Adaptation.

Seyda Ozbicakci, PhD, RN (January 2009 – April 2009)

Dr. Ozbicakci, an assistant professor at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, spent three months with UMSON’s Nursing Informatics program as a post-doctoral fellow, funded by Sigma Theta Tau International and the International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing. Professor Judy Ozbolt, PhD, RN, FAAN, then-director of UMSON’s Nursing Informatics master’s specialty, served as her faculty mentor. Dr. Ozbicakci took graduate courses in nursing informatics, systems analysis and design, and project management. She also met with informatics nurse specialists and leaders in health care organizations to explore effective methods and approaches to designing and implementing applications. Upon her return to Turkey, Dr. Ozbicakci plans to provide leadership in developing the nursing care planning and documentation components of her university hospital’s health record system.

International Visitors

2010 – 4 visits, 9 people

  • Delegation of 2 – National Hospital and National University of Singapore
    May 3-7, 2010 (1 week)
  • Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, UMSON adjunct assistant professor, living in Geneva, Switzerland
    April 8, 2010 (one meeting)
  • Delegation of 2 – Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland
    March 17, 2010 (one meeting)
  • Delegation of 4 – United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand
    March 12, 2010 (one meeting)

2009 - 11 visits, 37 people

  • Delegation of 2 – Ministry for Health, Welfare, and Family Affairs, Seoul, Korea
    December 10, 2009 (one meeting)
  • Mary Opare, head of nursing, Central University College, Accra, Ghana
    November 2–12, 2010 (2 weeks)
  • Freda DeKeyser Ganz, head of master’s program, School of Nursing, Hassadah-Hebrew University, Israel
    November 10, 2009 (one meeting)
  • Sue Porter, dean, W.J. Harley School of Nursing, United Methodist University, Liberia
    November 9, 2009 (one meeting)
  • Delegation of 15 - Association of Indonesian Nurse Education Center, Indonesia
    October 23, 2009 (half-day)
  • Fatima Ramos-Marcuse, UMSON adjunct assistant  professor, living in Geneva, Switzerland
    October 20, 2009 (one meeting)
  • Mme. Emilienne Leonidas, vice director, Nursing School, University of Notre Dame d’Haiti
    September 30 - October 2, 2009 (various meeting times)
  • Delegation of 6 – Section of Nursing Sciences, Orebro University, Sweden
    August 12–14, 2009 (various meeting times)
  • Delegation of 2 - Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman
    July 9, 2009 (full day)
  • Group of 4 undergraduate nursing students, Seoul National University, Korea
    June 23–25, 2009 (three days)
  • Delegation of 3 - Korean Accreditation Board of Nursing, Seoul, Korea
    March 9, 2009 (full day)

International Nurse Exchange Programs

The International Nurse Exchange Program (INEP) is designed for key nursing and healthcare professionals and offers opportunities to witness standard and high quality nursing practice and education and to develop professional strategies for what is feasible and possible within visitors' home countries.  Participants are invited to interact with UMSON faculty, students, and preceptors for approximately 1-2 weeks.  This program strives to enhance participants' global health nursing capacity as leaders, educators, and practitioners with a focus on expanding  partnerships and beginning new institutional collaborations for the University.

  • Past Exchange Porgrams & Participants
  • List of Participating UM Clinical Preceptors

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