This year, five new trainees will join the Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows, administered by the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health. The first global health pediatric cardiology fellow will join the program and trainees will conduct research in Thailand and India for the first time in the program’s history.
The Global Health Pathway offers postgraduate training experiences that integrate research opportunities tailored to the trainee’s specialty area. In addition, trainees receive faculty mentorship and pursue graduate-level coursework to earn a Master of Science in Global Health.
“I’m particularly excited about the Pathway’s incoming residents and fellows this year,” said Nathan Thielman, director of the Global Health Pathway. “This group brings a wonderfully diverse set of skills and talents, and I’m confident that their efforts will make a difference. They’ve each embarked on ambitious, unique career paths to help address health disparities.”
Meet the New Trainees
- Anubha Agarwal, joining the program as an internal medicine resident, earned her MD from Stanford University. Agrawal is broadly interested in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, quality improvement and implementation science. She will conduct heart failure research in India under the mentorship of Dorairaj Prabhakaran, executive director of the Center for Chronic Disease Control in New Delhi, India, and Mark Huffman, assistant professor at Northwestern University. Agarwal completed the Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellowship at Duke in 2014.
- Sophie Galson will join the program as an emergency medicine fellow. Galson completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Arizona Banner University Medical Center and earned her MD from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She will work with assistant global health professor Catherine Staton on emergency care research in Moshi, Tanzania.
- Deng Madut, joining the program as an infectious disease fellow, completed his residency at Duke, where he spent three months working in a clinic at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. Madut earned his MD from Texas Tech School of Medicine. His research will focus on the clinical and social issues that affect people living with or at risk for HIV infection with a goal to increase testing uptake in regions with limited resources.
- Andrew McCrary joins the program as the first pediatric cardiology fellow. McCrary completed his pediatric residency at Duke after earning his MD at Emory University. His research will assess heart failure management in children with congenital and acquired heart disease at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya.
- Julia Xu, who earned her MD from Columbia University, will join the program as an internal medicine resident. Xu’s research will focus on Thalassemia at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. She is the first global health resident to work at Siriraj Hospital.
New Recruits Join Five Continuing Trainees
Along with the five new trainees, five other doctors will continue the Global Health Pathway:
- David Goodman, an obstetrics and gynecology fellow, is researching novel means of assessing fetal distress during obstetric labor Moshi, Tanzania.
- Brian Meier, an emergency medicine fellow, is working with assistant global health professor Catherine Staton on trauma and injury care in Moshi, Tanzania.
- Titus Ngeno, an internal medicine resident, is conducting implementation research on cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs in Eldoret, Kenya.
- Adam Olson, a radiation oncology resident, is studying the feasibility of locally-sourced low-cost immobilization devices for radiation therapy in Mwanza, Tanzania.
- Devon Paul, a pulmonary/critical care medicine fellow, is working on a project to establish spirometry norms for the population in western Kenya.
The 2015-16 cohort: (from left) Program director Nathan Thielman, Adam Olson, Titus Ngeno,
Brian Meier, David Goodman, Devon Paul, and program coordinator Sarah Brittingham.
Application Process Is Now Open for Next Year’s Program
The Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows is accepting applications until September 1 from candidates interested in joining the program in July 2017. For more information, please visit the website or contact Sarah Brittingham.
To learn more about the Global Health Pathway, visit the Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health website.
This group brings a wonderfully diverse set of skills and talents, and I’m confident that their efforts will make a difference.Nathan Thielman, director of the Global Health Pathway