Our recent work in Maputo, Mozambique on why and how children are getting burned at high rates has just been published in Pediatric Surgery International. We explored the socioeconomic factors– how people live with respect to various cultural considerations, what sorts of environments create risks for injury, how people’s behaviors and access to resources are affecting their health outcomes–and elucidated the understudied root causes of burns in this important and vulnerable population. Our work was conducted in partnership with our colleagues in Maputo at the Central Hospital and the Eduardo Mondlane Medical School.
I haven’t had a chance to post in quite a while, mostly because I have started working on the internal medicine service at Ronald Reagan Medical Center. The wards are everything I imagined they would be, and sometimes more. They are intense without hesitation– most days do not end until the sun begins setting, and the mornings are early enough that Westwood traffic is asleep. But no where have I learned more about medicine, and on no service have I connected as closely with my patients. I’ll have several posts and literary pieces from my experience on the wards to be published in the coming months. One piece that I wrote earlier this year, featured by the Gold Humanism Society, is a reflection of some of the short-comings in patient care that I observed on other services. To my great relief, I haven’t felt this way on the medicine wards.
As I’ve written about in several previous posts, I spent the year before medical school in India studying and researching the inner workings of the sex trafficking industry. I always anticipated that to be a well-rounded physician in the future, it would be unarguably important to bring forth a diverse array of experiences to every patient encounter, and I was confident that the time I spent with women who were survivors of trafficking would teach me more about being human than any of my previous journeys. In my essay recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, I talk about how this could not be more true.
A new report released by the University of California Global Health Institute and the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America assesses the extent to which states respect the rights and protect the well-being of undocumented immigrants. This report is the first organized analysis of an immensely important human rights issue in this country, and will hopefully be leveraged to create more equitable policies across the nation.
I have been holding on to an idea for a few years now: that student volunteers in global health are not recognizing their full potential. One of the most important experiences I had in my past work was sitting down with individuals and listening to their stories. Through this, I became passionate about journalism and photography– my first such project resulted in my work on Project Through Their Eyes.
I have since began the development of a non-profit, The Global Health Watch, that will utilize volunteers who work abroad as storytellers for the poor and marginalized. This will serve a dual function of increasing accountability on the work of NGOs in global health, and it will also promote a bidirectional dialogue that is often missing from development projects. I recently presented some of the initial stages of this at the Unite for Sight global health conference at Yale. More to come very soon.
If you are a journalist, documentary filmmaker, or have expertise in global health program evaluation and are interested in becoming involved, please message me.
The Yale Daily News recently covered our article on Ebola and the Health Impact Fund from the Journal of Global Health.
We read this piece by Atul Gawande in our medical school course relating to the ethics and humanity of becoming a physician. This is a must read for all. There is no easy way to say goodbye to your patient, or your loved one, but there certainly are good ways and bad ways.
A photo I took in 2008 on my first global health experience in the rural mountains of the Dominican Republic. There is hope in the work we do, even though it’s not always easy to find.
I’m very excited to share that I have been selected as one of the editorial fellows of the AMA Journal of Ethics this year. I just returned from the AMA headquarters in Chicago where we had a gathering of all the 13 editors to discuss our individual theme topics for the journal. Each month of the year, starting from September 2015 to September 2016, we will be publishing one issue. My theme will be on the topic of international healthcare systems. I’ll be reaching out to experts in the field to solicit their commentary on a number of ethics cases related to the theme.