I am very happy to be part of the WCHN Global Health faculty at Norwalk Hospital. While I love global health for many reasons, the most powerful of them is to be reminded of why I chose medicine: to touch people, to stand by them and their families during sickness, to translate the science of medicine to their realities, and to serve. The opportunity to exchange medical and educational skills with health workers in different countries, to be welcomed by patients and doctors, and to contribute something, no matter how small, is incredibly humbling. Global health reminds me of why I am proud to be a doctor and a teacher of medicine.
My experiences volunteering for a local clinic for uninsured patients, mostly immigrants, and traveling to Kenya during my undergraduate career piqued my interest in how healthcare workers in the U.S. can help promote sustainable practice both at home and abroad. I had an opportunity to further investigate this question through a global health elective in Uganda where I was humbled by the resiliency and resourcefulness of the people, and the strong advocacy of families for the care of their loved ones, while learning about a different healthcare system. I continue to learn as I reflect on my time in Uganda.
In June, I will start my residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. The Navy plays a pivotal role in providing care in the communities we work with abroad. Global health advocates have an obligation to empower communities to sustainably achieve their goals for health. I hope to use my global health experiences to achieve that goal.
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