Master of Public Health candidate
B.A. in Sociology, May 2007, Rice University
B.A. in Religious Studies, May 2007, Rice University
M.D., expected May 2013, Baylor College of Medicine
United States of America
Global Health, Care of Underserved Populations, Child Health
What are your career goals?
My goal is to become a pediatrician and provide care for underserved children in the United States and abroad. I hope to work as a global health care advocate and provider to help develop and implement sustainable public health programs both domestically and abroad, while pursuing research interests of social disparities as fundamental causes of disease. Ultimately, in an effort to ensure the long-term efficacy of the changes that I wish to make, I would like to take on the role of a clinical educator to motivate and train the next generation of physicians and health care workers around the world.
What sparked your interest in global health?
My interest in public health was sparked as an undergraduate a Rice University. As a sociology major and premedical student, I quickly discovered that the concepts of medicine and public health are inextricably intertwined, and that the role of a physician extends far beyond the bedside. My interest in global health was sparked by service trips to Mexico and Ghana, where we implemented a multifaceted approach to healthcare, combining public health initiatives and individual medical care.
How do you see yourself making a difference in public health because of the Global Health Scholarship?
The Global Health Scholarship has allowed me to pursue an MPH at Bloomberg School of Public Health, which will provide me with training in fundamental areas such as health policy, epidemiology, behavioral and social health, and statistics. I hope to use these skills in conjunction with my knowledge of medicine to provide a comprehensive approach to health care for underserved children on an individual and global level.
Who inspires you and why?
I am most inspired by my father, who despite facing innumerable hardships, continues to view the world with eternal optimism. He has also taught me the importance of compassion, humility, integrity, and always having a sense of humor, even in the bleakest of circumstances.