School of Medicine
During my elective in India, I will be assisting Infectious Disease faculty and fellows with their clinical research and attending rounds at BJ Medical College. One project is on rapid diagnostic tests for acute febrile illnesses as a means to prevent the inappropriate use of antibiotics for viral illnesses. The goal of this research is to understand the epidemiology of febrile illnesses in India and to curb the emergence of antibiotic resistance. The other project is focused on the development of chronic lung disease in patients successfully treated for tuberculosis. One aspect I will be participating in is reviewing the chest x-rays of these patient as a means to identify and prognosticate those who will progress to chronic lung disease. My goals for this elective include practicing my physical exam skills and seeing a wide breath of pathology. In India, I will be able learn from master clinicians who practice in resource limited settings. I look forward to teaching residents and medical students the skills I learn. I hope that efforts to revive interest in the physical exam among medical trainees will cause a shift away from excessive diagnostic testing so we can provide higher value care to our patients. This allows for more justly distributed health care resources to the population. I am interested in gaining experience with diverse pathology, including neglected tropical diseases, which I would otherwise rarely encounter. This provides me with a more comprehensive medical training which I require for my career aspirations.
BJ Medical College Clinical Research Site (BJMC CRS)