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TCMC Associate Dean for Educational Development Published in Two International Medical Journals

Friday, November 14, 2020

Raymond A. Smego, Jr., MD, MPH Associate Dean for Educational Development at The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), global physician, educator, and researcher recently published two articles in international medical journals. The articles, written in collaboration with several other medical professionals and both published in September, appeared in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, and the South African Medical Journal. Both articles deal with the management of two prevalent and dangerous diseases worldwide; tuberculosis and influenza.

“Dr. Smego brings with him a wealth of international knowledge due to his diverse experiences practicing medicine and teaching students all over the world. He will bring a global perspective to our students from day one. Advances in technology are making the world smaller every day, and understanding the connection of medicine throughout the world is a valuable tool that Dr. Smego can provide to our students.” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD.

Dr. Smego’s education and research has focused on tropical medicine and infectious diseases has lead him to work, teach, and practice medicine at hospitals and colleges worldwide, including locations such as Pakistan, South Africa, China, Haiti, Nepal, and Oman. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Pakistan in the fields of tropical medicine and public health. From 1997 to 1999 he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases & Clinical Microbiology at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. While at Wits, he was the Founding Director of the university’s HIV Clinical Research Unit, as well as designer and founder of the department’s Clinical Trials Unit, one of the first and largest of its kind in South Africa. Additionally, Dr. Smego has contributed to the diverse educational development of medical students in the United States, serving as the Founding Director of the International Health Program at West Virginia University, where he helped develop academic affiliations with foreign medical universities and organizations in China, Pakistan, Haiti, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Indonesia.

Dr. Smego has been a balanced academic, with more than 30 professional honors and awards and more than 280 peer-reviewed publications to his credit. His extensive editorial duties have included being co-editor for a global health textbook (“Understanding Global Health”), and serving as Editor-in-Chief for the Southern African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection and as Corresponding Editor for the International Journal for Infectious Diseases. He has received board certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Infectious Diseases, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and he is board-eligible by the American Board of Pediatrics.

At TCMC, Dr. Smego is involved with the continuum of learning from the clinical educational experiences of medical students to issues involved in the creation of residency programs, lifelong learning through continuing medical education, and faculty development. Prior to coming to TCMC, Dr. Smego held numerous leadership positions including Associate Dean for International Medical Education at West Virginia University; Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Oman Medical College; Executive Dean at the Medical University of the Americas in Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies; and Chair of Internal Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine.He received his MD degree from New Jersey Medical School in Newark, and did his medicine, infectious diseases, and public health training at Yale University, Duke University, and Johns Hopkins University, respectively.

The articles that appear in the journals are entitled “Pulmonary resection combined with isoniazidand rifampin-based drug therapy for patients with multidrug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis” in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, and “Influenza guidelines for South Africa” in the South African Medical Journal. The International Journal of Infectious Disease is the official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases and is published on a quarterly basis. The Journal aims to provide a source of information relevant to professionals involved in the epidemiology, clinical diagnosis, treatment and control of infectious diseases with particular emphasis placed on those diseases which are most common in less-developed countries. The South African Medical Journal is a monthly publication that carries research articles and letters, editorials, clinical practice and other medical articles and personal opinion, South African health-related news, obituaries and general correspondence. Both publications are peer reviewed, internationally indexed medical journals reviewed by physicians for the latest findings in medicine and research to advance patient care.