Announcing our new Global Health Pathway with Dr. Annie Cowell!
The UCSD Internal Medicine Program will launch
our new Global Health pathway in July of 2020! This pathway is designed for
residents who want to learn more about the global aspects of healthcare and/or
are interested in pursuing a career in Global Health. Rotations in this pathway
will increase our residents’ experience in working with underserved populations,
public health, regional health care challenges, and infectious diseases. Dr. Annie Cowell of the Division of Infectious Diseases will be the Director of the Global Health pathway.
Residents apply to join the pathway at the end of their intern
year. Those who are selected will participate in rotations that highlight local
global health opportunities with partner institutions in Mexico during their
PGY2 year. They will also spend 1-2 months on an international rotation which
will be funded through the generous support of the Dr. Robert Schooley of the
UCSD Division of Infectious Diseases. UCSD has a longstanding educational and research partnership
with the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane (UEM) School of Medicine in Maputo,
Mozambique, though residents can also select from a range of other sites (final
list to be determined). In addition, residents in this pathway will meet at
scheduled intervals with expert faculty and their pathway co-residents to
discuss issues in Global Health as well as their personal experiences.
Dr. Cathy Cichon
Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
About me: I love exploring the great outdoors, discovering new breweries and coffee shops in San Diego, and cheering for the Fighting Irish. I lived in Miami, FL for four years in medical school, where I studied for my Master of Public Health and became involved in a global health project focused on resident education in Haiti. In my spare time, I enjoy experimenting with digital art as a tool for medical professional and patient education.
Why I chose UCSD: I loved the opportunities to work in global health, both locally (in San Diego and Tijuana) and abroad (in Mozambique and elsewhere). I also wanted to get the best training possible in both medicine and pediatrics, and UCSD provided that balance. Finally, all of the people I met on my interview day were awesome and I'm so lucky to get to call them my friends and colleagues now 🙂 The people here are amazing!
Favorite place in San Diego: Sunset Cliffs
Favorite UCSD memory: There's so many, but I'll never forget kayaking/paddle boarding across the San Diego Bay for free waterside seats to a Queen impersonator concert at Humphreys by the Bay!
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