BU Team Second in Emory Case Competition

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April 6th, 2012

Multidisciplinary Team Shines in Complex Healthcare Case

BU team members, from left, Ivan Busulwa (MBA/MPH’12), Darash Desai (ENG’14), Meg Meyer (MBA/MPH’12), Catherine Shih (MBA/MPH’13, Daniel Silva (MED’13), and Sunil Nair (MD/MBA’13).

BU team members, from left, Ivan Busulwa (MBA/MPH’12), Darash Desai (ENG’14), Meg Meyer (MBA/MPH’12), Catherine Shih (MBA/MPH’13), Daniel Silva (MED’15), and Sunil Nair (MD/MBA’13)

The examples and rewards of Boston University President Robert Brown’s concept of “One BU” continue to roll in.

This time, it was an interdisciplinary team of students carrying off second place in a 23-university case competition.

A Boston University team of six with three MBA/MPH students, an MD/MBA student, a medical student, and a doctoral student in biomedical engineering came in second out of 23 teams in the Global Health Case Competition at Emory University on March 31. The home team, Emory, won. This is the first time BU competed in this event.

Boston University also won the “Audience Choice Award” voted by their peers in the contest.

The team members were Ivan Busulwa (MBA/MPH’12), Darash Desai (ENG’14), Meg Meyer (MBA/MPH’12), Sunil Nair (MD/MBA’13), Catherine Shih (MBA/MPH’13), and Daniel Silva (MED’15).

The multidisciplinary competition, developed and coordinated by the Emory Global Health Institute’s Student Advisory Committee, includes graduate and undergraduate students from numerous fields including agricultural and life sciences, business, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, public health, theology, the social sciences and the humanities.

The Global Health Contest is designed to raise awareness of and develop innovative solutions for 21st century global health issues. Teams receive a global health-related case that requires an interdisciplinary approach to formulate recommendations that may involve issues such as health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership/investment, medical research, logistics management, faith/cultural understanding, and international law.

The 2012 case had political overtones as well as health and development issues. The question was: “Develop a strategy for Canadian aid to Sri Lanka that deals with the health and resettlement issues of the Tamil population, keeping in mind the resistance of the Sinhalese government to accusations of war crimes and persecution, and recognizing the presence of a great many Tamil refugees in Canada.”

The US teams were Boston University, Claremont Graduate University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Northwestern University, Princeton University, Tulane University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California at San Francisco, University of Chicago, University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Virginia, Vanderbilt University, Yale University, and Yeshiva University.

The international teams were Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, McGill University (Canada), Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), and the University of Oxford (UK). Additionally, the University of British Columbia and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel) competed in a pilot contest via video stream, which took place at the same time as the full case competition.