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Rimma Osipov's Final Oral Dissertation Defense Scheduled

August, 2015

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Medical Humanities Graduate Program are pleased to announce the final examination of Rimma Osipov for degree of Doctor of Philosophy.  Her defense will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2.222 PCP. The title of her dissertation is Healing at the Margins: A Cultural/Historical Perspective on International Medical Graduates in The US Healthcare.   

All faculty and students are invited to attend.  We ask that you sit quietly.  Only Rimma’s committee members will be able to speak to the candidate during the defense.  All guests will be asked to leave the room at the end of the defense while the committee members deliberate.

Rimma is in the MD/PhD Combined Program.  She began her PhD work in medical humanities in the summer 2008 term, went back to medical school, then rejoined the IMH in the spring of 2011 as a full-time graduate student.  Rimma came to the Institute for Medical Humanities from UCLA, where she majored in history and minored in anthropology. As an undergraduate she interned with the division of medicine and science at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History. Some of her previous research interests have included the impact of the War on Cancer on the National Institutes of Health and the biomedical community at large, as well as the medical needs of adults with cerebral palsy. As an MD/PHD student, Rimma always strove to integrate her medical education as much as possible into her studies at the institute. While in her course work Rimma’s goal was to pursue her primary interest in the history of medicine, as well as her interest in the interdisciplinary issues currently facing the medical and scientific communities.


  • Jason Glenn, Ph.D., (CHAIR), Associate Professor, PMCH; Member, Institute for the Medical Humanities, UTMB
  • Jerome Crowder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, PMCH; Associate Director and Member, Institute for the Medical Humanities, UTMB
  • Anne Hudson Jones, Professor, PMCH; Harris L. Kempner Chair in the Humanities in Medicine; Member, Institute for the Medical Humanities; Interim Director, Medical Humanities Graduate Program, UTMB
  • Hanan Hussein, M.D., Assistant Professor, Family Medicine, UTMB
  • Orkideh Behrouzan, M.D., Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, King’s College, London, UK
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