North American Refugee Health Conference

Pre-course: Asylum Training

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About the training

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The Society of Asylum Medicine and the Society of Refugee Healthcare Providers will offer a FREE asylum medicine training pre-course on June 22, 2022, one day before the North American Refugee Healthcare Conference in Cleveland, Ohio.

This day-long training will introduce clinicians to the skills needed to provide forensic evaluations of asylum seekers. The agenda will include a review of human rights and asylum/immigration law, an introduction to performing physical and mental health evaluations, an overview of gender-based violence and a session on writing medicolegal affidavits.

Both clinicians and legal professionals will benefit from learning about forensic medical evaluations. There will be time for networking with others interested in asylum work and guidance for further mentoring.

You can register for the free pre-course at the time you register for the NARHC.


Welcome/Review Agenda/ Introductions
Katherine McKenzie
Asylum Law, Human Rights Law, and the Critical Role of the Health Professional

Uzoamaka Emeka Nzelibe

Documenting Physical Sequelae of Torture and Ill-Treatment

Elena Jiménez-Gutiérrez

Documenting Psychological Sequelae of Torture and Ill-Treatment
Alisa Gutman/Jennifer McQuaid
Best Practices for Writing Effective Medical-Legal Affidavits, Testifying in Court, and Collaborating with Attorneys
Suzanne Barakat
Special Considerations in Gender-Based Violence Asylum Applications
Deborah Ottenheimer/Ranit Mishori
Asylum Evaluations of Children
Norell Rosado/Raul Gutierrez
Evaluating LGBTQI Asylum Seekers
Nick Cuneo
Bridging to Practice
Bridging to Practice (First evaluations, Mentors, Role of PAs/NPs, etc)

Invitation to join SAM and SRHP


Ellie Emery/Katherine McKenzie