USF Medicine International, originally named Office of International Affairs College of Medicine, was established in 2005 by the Dean of the Morsani College of Medicine and Senior VP, USF Health Stephen Klasko. The office was created because of a growing recognition of USF as a Global University. Our history and guiding philosophy dates over a decade ago, with the founding of the Center for Health and HIV/AIDS Research and Training (CHART-India), in 1998. This Center was the initial venture of USF's Division of Infectious Disease into international medical activities. Under the leadership of John Sinnott, MD, Kiran Patel, MD, and Eknath Naik, MD, the Center united the efforts of the Division with the USF College of Public Health, several not-for-profits, hospitals and academic institutions in India.
Since the establishment of CHART-India, faculty from the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine became involved in numerous collaborative research and training activities related to HIV/AIDS with partner institutions in India. Over the decade, the international activities of the Division have grown exponentially thus creating a plethora of opportunities for exchange programs between the Morsani College of Medicine and institutions throughout the world. The Morsani College of Medicine is now affiliated with 24 institutions across five continents.
The Center for Health and HIV/AIDS Research and Training (CHART-India) was founded by Dr. Eknath Naik, Dr. John Sinnott, Dr. Kiran Patel and later consolidated by Dr. Sagar Galwankar. In 2003, CHART-India was named a Type 3 Center within the University of South Florida. The initial funding was provided by Dr. Patel's philanthropy and the support of the Division of Infectious Disease and its faculty who contributed their time, effort and personal finances. CHART-India is a joint effort of the Morsani College of Medicine and the College of Public Health. CHART-India is based on the philosophy of collaboration between the United States and India with capacity building and shared knowledge goals. With the help of health care professionals who specialize in HIV/AIDS, training and education programs began across several resource-deprived regions in India.
The Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine's initial international activities through CHART-India from 1998-2003 included:
Creating an HIV Medicine Intensive Training Course, which is the first such intensive course in HIV management training offered in India in 2002
US-India live videoconference in January 2004
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru: January 2012
Deputy Director of the Gansu Province Health Department, China and other officials, March 2009
Physician training program, Gansu, China
USF-Ruby Hall Annual Course in HIV Management: taught by faculty of the Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine and colleagues from India