Concentration: Global Health
Project Mentor: Awewura Kwara, MD, MPH & TM
Graduation Year: MD 2011
Reasons and Outcomes of Hospital Admissions for Pediatric HIV/AIDS Patients at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Accra, Ghana (Pediatric HIV)
I have been a Global Health scholarly concentrator throughout medical school. During my first year, I chose Dr. Awewura Kwara as my mentor and worked closely with him on my independent summer project. With his assistance, I spent a summer at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital in Accra, Ghana studying the causes and outcomes of hospitlizations amongst children diagnosed with HIV. The outcomes of this study were presented at an international conference in Leiden and subsequently published in a journal focusing on health outcomes in West Africa. I was also involved in rebuilding interest in the Global Health Interest Group at the medical school-- holding several events to engage students with the global health community here at Brown. During my 4th year, I completed a case series on the importance of HIV testing in rheumatology which was subsequently published in a journal focusing on clinical rheumatology. In addition, I was involved in contributing to a chapter on the importance of hepatitis B screening and treatment amongst pregnant woman during my community health elective. Overall, it was a great experience, allowing me to pursue a number of scholarly projects with faculty dedicated to international health.
The rheumatologic manifestations of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection have been recognized since the early days of the epidemic and are characteristic of this disorder.…
BACKGROUND: The burden of paediatric HIV infection remains high in resource-poor settings. Information on morbidity leading to hospitalisation as well as outcome is limited. OBJECTIVE:…