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Happy New Year!
December 31, 2003

Happy New Year!
To those of you on the other side of the globe who have already celebrated the coming of the New Year and those still counting down the hours on this New Year’s Eve, the USTTI would like to wish our family of alumni and supporters a very happy and healthy 2004.

2004 Pacific Telehealth Seminar
The USTTI’s 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Telehealth Seminar will be held January 26 – 29, 2004 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The seminar, being coordinated by the USTTI under the guidance of Rich Settimo, Deputy Director of the Office of Telemedicine for the University of Virginia Health System, is designed to offer women and men from the Pacific Rim an opportunity to network with telehealth professionals, learn about existing telehealth projects and how to become involved, and see innovative approaches to supporting telehealth programs. Presentations will be conducted by leading telehealth officials from Hawaii Health Systems Corporation, href="http://www.tamc.amedd.army.mil">Tripler Army Medical Center, University of Hawaii, Shriners Hospital for Children, Hawaii State Department of Health, Kapiolani Medical Center, Hawaii Primary Care Association, and the Universal Service Administrative Company. This seminar is also conducted through the important support of Senator
Daniel K Inouye (D-HI) who is a leading proponent for the deployment of telemedicine technology throughout the developing world. For more information on the 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Telehealth Seminar, please contact USTTI Curriculum Coordinators Brian McCloskey (bmccloskey@ustti.org) or Matthew Gebert(mgebert@ustti.org).

Holiday Travels for the USTTI
The USTTI has been logging in their frequent flyer miles this December, with travels around the country and the world! After official USTTI trips to Geneva and Patagonia, USTTI staff celebrated the holiday season with family and friends in diverse destinations including: Colorado, the Caribbean islands, New Jersey, California, Amsterdam and New Mexico. By next week, everyone will be back in Washington, DC ready to start working on the exciting new training year.

World Summit on the Information Society
Early December, Ambassador Michael Gardner, Chairman of the USTTI, was invited to join the US Delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, Switzerland. While at the Summit, Ambassador Gardner, along with Ambassador David Gross, USTTI Board member from the US Dept. of State and Head of the US Delegation to the conference, were able to meet with scores of USTTI alumni to discuss their views on the important issues being addressed at WSIS. As a follow up to Phase I of the Summit, Ambassador Gardner and the USTTI Board of Directors will be working with Ambassador Gross to develop a report on the outcomes of the WSIS and how we can best work to achieve stated goals heading into Tunis in 2005. The USTTI welcomes input from alumni involved in initiatives surrounding WSIS and the development of a global Information Society.

COM-CITEL Meeting in El Calafate, Argentina
In order to expand the USTTI’s relationship with the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) and its member states, USTTI Senior Curriculum Coordinator, Kelly O’Keefe, traveled to Argentina to attend CITEL’s annual COM-CITEL meeting in El Calafate - Patagonia. While in Argentina, Kelly was able to connect with several of the USTTI’s alumni who were representing their countries in Calafate, meet with ITU officials, and work with USTTI Board and sponsor government agencies and organizations represented on the US delegation. The USTTI looks forward to working more closely with CITEL to ensure that even more women and men from the Americas region participate in USTTI training and discussing expanded distance education projects for 2004.

2004 USTTI Course Catalog and Annual Report
After weeks of collaboration with course sponsors, graphic designers and printers, the USTTI’s 2004 Course Catalog and Annual Report has been published and mailed to several thousand alumni, Ministers, Ambassadors, leaders and officials throughout the world. Keep an eye out for your copy – but in the meantime, be sure to review the 2004 course curriculum online. Remember, due to the lengthy time requirements for visas, it is important to apply early for USTTI training in 2004!


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