[gu-new] (09/02/07) (1) Four medical education program for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI), and (2) MAMASnet Project
Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D.
utsumi at columbia.edu
Sun Sep 2 14:52:59 EDT 2007
<<September 2, 2007>>
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M. Roy Schwarz, MD <tcandmr at adelphia.net>
Kimberly K. Obbink, Ed.D. <kobbink at montana.edu>
Linda Hawkin Israel <lindahi at earthlink.net>
Dr. Robb Burlage <RBurlage at aol.com>
(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I) with kind words, in response to
our following list distribution;
> (08/26/07) Invitation to GSEEED project
Your msg reminded me the following three coincidences.
I. Montana State University:
(2) You mentioned of the four state medical education program for the states
of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WAMI).
The Montana State University in Bozeman was the one where I got my M.S.
Degree in chemical engineering working on the liquefaction of coal in 1957
yes, a half century ago!!
> The building where I did my research was demolished and changed to become
> Burns Telecommunications Center you may know that it was named after Senator
> Conrad Burns from Billings, Montana. His office once helped us to get the
> travel fund from the National Science Foundation for Americans attending our
> workshop held at the University of Tampere in August of 1999, which initiated
> our GUS project.
When I visited them about a decade ago, I heard about your program from
II. Use of ATS satellite:
(3) You mentioned of the use of NASA¹s ATS-6 satellite.
In the early 1970s, NASA had Advanced Technology Satellite (ATS-1). When
its fuel was almost depleted, it started to drift to west-ward. They then
asked the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) to administer it.
(4) Around that time, I visited Chichibu Cement Company headquarters in
They were technologically very advanced company as having a process control
computer for their cement kiln, which computer was made by Thomson Ramo
Woodrige (TRW) in Cleveland, Ohio one of the very first attempt around the
Since their headquarters in Tokyo is almost 6 hours train ride from their
cement factory in northern mountainous area, they had an analog microwave
line between them for regular daily videoconferencing.
> As seeing it, I got an idea of distance learning almost 35 years ago!!
I found a microwave transmission equipment on the roof top of the
headquarters, which was about to be discarded.
The reason was that the frequency used for the videoconferencing was the
exactly same one as for the ATS-1.
The Japanese Ministry of Posts and Telecom (MPT) ordered Chichibu to switch
to other frequency, thereby the transmitter had to be discarded.
(5) I then requested Chichibu to donate the transmission gear to the
University of Electro Communications in north of Tokyo.
They then used it to connect with a main frame computer at the University of
Hawaii. They sent their input data to the computer via very slow Telex
line, and the huge computer output was sent out from a large Yagi antenna
(*) at the roof of engineering building to the ATS-1 to be received by
similarly large Yagi antenna at the University of Electro Communications
it was only text and numeric oriented data no audio nor video as you did
with more advanced ATS-6. Anyway, however, we did some pioneering
> (*) Yagi antenna is the one which looks like the one made-by-chopsticks, which
> you see almost all of house roofs around the world for TV signal reception,
> and which was invented by Dr. Hidetsugu Yagi, the president of Tokyo Institute
> of Technology (my alma mater).
> Japanese army and navy did not recognized the value of his invention and hence
> did not use it. They then lost the Midway sea battle, the decisive battle of
> the WWII, since American used raider with Yagi antenna to detect Japanese
> fighters¹ coming beforehand of Japanese knowing Americans¹ coming.
> So, in a sense, the WWII was won by American BUT -- with Japanese
III. Connection of the University of Washington:
(6) You started your WAMI program at the University of Washington.
We are working with Linda Israel who has good connection with the
Bioengineering and the School of Medicine of the University of Washington.
She is now working to extend their services as well as the Universities of
Alaska in Anchorage and Fairbanks to Sierra Leone, Palestine/Gaza, Alai
Regions of Siberia, etc.
(7) Linda¹s MAMAS (Mobil Assessment & Maternal Aid Solutions) International
proposes to establish a rural health infrastructure with a mobile and fixed
telehealth system to provide improved health care in locations not
adequately served by traditional health services for a variety of reasons
including remote location, lack of infrastructure, or poor capacity in the
existing health care system, -- as firstly focusing on the maternal and
newborn mortality prevention in Africa.
MAMAS is a vehicle for international cooperation and implementation of
advanced health infrastructures. The Project will demonstrate in target
districts a technology and programmatic system which accelerates baseline
assessment, cooperation between Alaskan and African stakeholders for
maternal newborn health.
(8) Pls visit the followings along with GUS/Sierra Leone materials at
> I. Fund Raising
>> A. Cover letter of Prof. Gbakima, Vice Chancellor & Principal, University of
>> Sierra Leone
>> B. Executive Summary of GUS/Sierra Leone Project: ³Establishment of
>> International Centres of Excellence for e-Health (ICEEH) in Sierra Leone and
>> Mano River Union countries²
>> C. Concept Paper, "Establishment of Global University System (GUS) in Sierra
>> Leone and Mano River Union countries (MS/WORD format with ANNEX of support
>> D. Support letters:
>>> 1. Prof. Aliyageen M Alghali, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Njala
>>> 2. Prof Sahr Moses Gevao, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head, College of
>>> Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone
>>> 3. Dr. Dennis Kargbo, Principal, Milton Margai College of Education and
>>> Technology, University of Sierra Leone
>>> 4. Honorable Ms. Abbator Thomas, Minister of Health and Sanitation, Sierra
>>> Leone Government
>>> 5. Hon. Dr. Abdoulaye Diallo, Mano River Union Secretariat
> II. MAMASnet Project (Mobil Assessment & Maternal Aid Solutions)
>> A. Concept Papers
>>> 1. Executive summary <MAMASnet exec. summary. 7.23.07.final.LHI.pdf>
>>> 2. Technical Description <MAMAS Technical Description.Appendix.pdf>
>> B. Connections with Alaska projects
>>> 1. ALASKA CHAP (Community Health Aide Practitioners) Proposed Program
>>> Application for RURAL AFRICA <MAMASnet_CHAPS_page_website.pdf>
>>> 2. Alaska Medical Informatics Initiative (AMII) for MAMASnet in rural Africa
>> C. Biographies of team members, MAMAS Core Team <MAMAScore
>> D. Support letters:
>>> 1. Dr. Q. M. Islam, Director, Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, World
>>> Health Organization (WHO), Geneva, Switzerland <UN WHO letter of support to
>>> 2. Dr. Takeshi Utsumi, Founder and Vice President for Technology &
>>> Coordination of Global University System (GUS) and the Chairman of the
>>> GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.
>>> (GLOSAS/USA) <GUS support letter for MAMAS.pdf>
> Dear Linda:
> They are excellent write-ups. Congratulations!! I discovered your web
> <http://mamasnet.org/default.aspx>, but it has not been updated yet, so that I
> took the liberty of uploading those files Pls let me know if I can do the
> same for your <MAMASnet+pre-proposal.7.27.07.pdf>.
(9) You may know some of those people at the University of Washington who
may have inherited your original works. Pls feel free to contact with
Linda. We would be very happy to work with you for our GUS¹
e-health/telemedicine projects in various countries.
(10) Pls feel free to explore the possibility of applying MAMASnet in
Romania while you will be there in the next weeks.
Keep in touch.
> From: Roy and Thelma Schwarz <tcandmr at comcast.net>
> Date: Mon, 27 Aug 2007 09:26:55 -0400
> To: "Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D." <utsumi at columbia.edu>
> Subject: Re: [gu-new] (08/26/07) Invitation to GSEEED project
> Dear Professor Utsumi,
> Thanks you for the references. They are exactly what I needed. Good luck on
> this venture.
> You may be interested to know that while I was at the University of
> Washington I created a four state medical education program called WAMI (for
> the states of Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). This program taught the
> first year of medical school at 4 universities that did/do not have medical
> schools and then in the clinical training years we taught clerkships in
> communities using practicing physicians as faculty. Both medical students and
> residents rotated through these community education sites where the students
> were separated by greater distances than from Los Angeles to New York City.
> From 1974-79 we conducted the first communication satellite experiments in
> teleeducation, telemedicine and teleconferencing-teleadministration using the
> WAMI Territory as our experimental laboratory. We used the first satellite
> that could transmit color TV images plus sound two ways simultaneously
> (ATS-6). Our goal was to see if we could communicate without commuting and if
> so, was it cost effective to do so. The answer to both of these was "Yes!".
> Among the projects were broadcasts of entire courses, course segments,
> course enrichment to medical students who were spending their first year of
> medical school at the U of Alaska and Montana State U which did not have a
> medical school. Also regular clinics were conducted with the experts in
> Seattle and the patients in communities across the WAMI states, Emergency
> medical assistance, continuing medical education, a four state governors
> conference (Governors stayed in their capitals) and a site visit from the
> accrediting body of the medical schools (surveyors went to the National
> Library of Medicine in Bethesda and then visited the U of Alaska, Montana
> State U and a couple of community site before they visited me in Seattle. This
> allowed them to discuss the program's progress with students, faculty and
> administrators spread across 22% of the land mass of the USA with out moving
> from the studio in Bethesda.
> It was all great fun. Prime Minister of GB Harold Wilson had a idea called
> the "Open University of GB". Are you aware of this? What you are attempting is
> just what Wilson dreamed of but at a global level. So, congratulations on the
> fine work you are doing.
> Dr. M. Roy Schwarz
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D. <mailto:utsumi at columbia.edu>
>> To: Roy and Thelma Schwarz <mailto:tcandmr at comcast.net>
>> Cc: Tak Utsumi <mailto:utsumi at columbia.edu>
>> Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 10:33 PM
>> Subject: Re: [gu-new] (08/26/07) Invitation to GSEEED project
>> Dear Roy:
>> (1) Many thanks for your msg with kind words.
>> (2) Followings may be of some help to you pls pick any of them;
>>> (a) 2 pages (August 6, 2007):
>>>> Synopsis of GUS/Egypt
>>>> "><http://preview.tinyurl.com/37o2gz> <http://preview.tinyurl.com/37o2gz>
>>>> <Synopsis of GUS_Egypt_v1.pdf>
>>>>> This is the most current and shortest description.
>>> (b) 3 pages (July 13, 2006):
>>>> "Globally Collaborative Innovation Network with Global University System,"
>>>> Paper for Learning Technology, IEEE Computer Society, Vol. 8, Issue 3,
>>>> July, 2006
>>>> <Paper for IEEE_07-13-06_v2.pdf>
>>>>> This may be suitable for your purpose.
>>> (c) 7 pages (June 26, 2007):
>>>> Al-Azab, M. and T. Utsumi, (2007), "Creation of Global University System
>>>> in Egypt (GUS/Egypt)," Paper for "ICT-Learn 2007" conference in Cairo,
>>>> Egypt, September 2 to 4,
>>>>> This is the most current summary of our GUS/GCEPG/GSEEED projects.
>>> (d) Book (2003):
>>>> Global Peace Through The Global University System
>>>> Tapio Varis - Takeshi Utsumi - William Klemm (Eds.)
>>>> University of Tampere, Finland 2003
>>>> ISBN 951-44-5695-5
>>>> The entire contents of this book can be retrieved at;
>>>>> In the bottom line of this page, you can find the following;
>>>>> ³Interview with Takeshi Utsumi² by Parker Rossman
>>> This book contains the following chapters;
>>>> Takeshi Utsumi, P. Tapio Varis, and W. R. Klemm
>>>> "Creating Global University System" -- (18 pages)
>>>>> This is for educational specialist.
>>>> Takeshi Utsumi, GLOSAS/USA
>>>> "Globally Collaborative Environmental Peace Gaming" -- (29 pages)
>>>>> This is rather technical.
>> (4) Many thanks again for your strong interest in our projects.
>> Keep in touch.
>> Best, Tak
>> On 8/26/07 9:09 PM, "Roy and Thelma Schwarz" <tcandmr at comcast.net> wrote:
>>> > Dear Professor Utsumi,
>>> > I am currently writing a paper and I would like to reference you and
>>> > proposed Global University System. Could you kindly supply me with one
>>> > reference that a nonsophisticated reader could refer read and understand?
>>> > Thank you in advance and congratulations on a very exciting concept.
>>> > Sincerely,
>>> > Dr. M. Roy Schwarz,M.D.
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M. Roy Schwarz, MD
Former President, China Medical Board of New York, Inc. & Institute for
International Medical Education
812 Armistead Street
Winchester, Virginia 22601, U.S.A.
Tel.: (540) 678.8748
tcandmr at adelphia.net
Kimberly K. Obbink, Ed.D.
Burns Telecommunications Center and Extended Studies
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856
kobbink at montana.edu
Linda Hawkin Israel
Founder and Executive Director
Mobile Assessment & Maternal Aid Solutions (MAMAS)
LCDN Coordinator, Global University System (GUS)
6533 Seaview Ave. NW #211A
Seattle, WA 98117-6046
lindahi at earthlink.net
Dr. Robb Burlage
Professor, Five Borough Institute
Founding Director, Joint Graduate Degree Program in Public Health & Urban
200 West 90th Street, Suite #6-E
New York, N.Y. 10024
RBurlage at aol.com
Robb Burlage, Ph.D.
Senior Management Consultant
New York City Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC)
125 Worth Street, Room 504
New York, Ny 10013-4006
Robb.burlage at nychhc.org
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.)
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education
* Founder and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of
* Global University System (GUS)
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