Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Brian Ferguson is a third year medical student at Des Moines University, as a commissioned officer with the United States Air Force, seeking dual degrees, Masters of Public Health, and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. Brian transitioned from a background in physics, into the health and medical field, with an emphasis in sustainable, preventative, and patient-centered care. In 2012 he was invited into the Pathways of Distinction Program, offered through the Global Health Department of Des Moines University, to participate in the World Health Organization (WHO) Internship program. Brian became involved with Early Childhood Development (ECD) and the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER), during his WHO internship—working in collaboration with Dr. Meena Cabral de Mello to advocate for country level priority importance of ECD. Brian is working specifically to secure ECD program implementation, and to thereafter develop media based advocacy tools to entice policy constructionists around the world. The aim is to raise awareness for the significance and implications of ECD, and to increase the allocation of resources devoted to early childhood development.
While enrolled in medical school, Brian, and also his wife, are competing trampolinists, traveling to competitions across the, mainly, Midwestern region of the United States. In addition, Brian enjoys sculpture, painting, drawing, piano, and classical literature (especially that of English Romanticism). Brian hopes to carry forward work with the GFMER, WHO and UNICEF to help extend sustainable medical services and guidelines, necessary to build the medical infrastructure essential to the progression of healthcare in the developed and the developing world.
- Des Moines University
- Early Childhood Development (ECD) - Meena Cabral de Mello
- Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research 2013 - GFMER Geneva Team