Student Advisory Committee
For More Information:
Daniel Young, Associate Director, Global Health Education
Center for Global Health
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
645. N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1058
Chicago, IL 60611
tel: +1 312 503 8829
fax: +1 312 503 8800
The Center for Global Health places great value on engaging with FSM students in global health education initiatives at the medical school and invites their participation in the center's work by announcing a call for new members for the FSM Student Committee on Global Health. FSM students from all class years are invited to participate. By serving on the student committee, FSM students have a unique opportunity to work alongside center administrators and faculty to help shape the vision and direction of global health education at Feinberg. Members also gain an opportunity to network with peers and develop connections across classes with other student leaders interested in global health.
Committee Structure and Expectations
- Eight to twelve student members
- Representation from all class years (M1 – M4)
- Committee will be housed in the Center for Global Health and will be asked to work hand-in-hand with the Associate Director on major global health education initiatives.
- Members with significant past experience and engagement in global health, either at FSM, professionally, or during undergraduate/post-graduate education will be invited to participate.
- The time expectations for committee members will include monthly meetings of one to two hours plus approximately 2-5 hours of work per month on global health initiatives.
- All committee members will be given the opportunity to participate in the creation of the committee’s mission and charter.
- All committee members must be in good academic standing.
Committee Mission Statement
The FSM student committee on global health is committed to advocate for institutionalizing global health service, education, and research within the Feinberg School of Medicine and to build community among Feinberg students interested in global health work.
Call for MembersSee the Call for Members of the Student Advisory Committee on Global Health
2012 Student Advisory Committee Members
The Student Committee advocates for FSM student interests in improving health worldwide and helps build a strong community of peers engaged in global health throughout their time at Feinberg and beyond.
Phoebe Arbogast, M2
Phoebe is a first year medical student with an undergraduate degree in Biology from Amherst College. Her pursuit of global health combines her interests in health disparities and international travel - she has spent time observing health care systems in Morocco, Senegal, Ethiopia and Vietnam. She plans to return to Senegal this summer for clinical exposure at the medical school at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar to increase her depth of understanding of global health issues.
Chelsea Carlson, M3
Chelsea Carlson is a second year medical student and current president of the Northwestern University Alliance for International Development (NUAID) which equips teams of supervised medical students to provide free and compassionate primary medical care to underserved communities in Chicago and internationally and provides a pivotal educational experience for students. Experiences in Mali exposed Chelsea to both the enormous strengths and challenges of community medicine and global health; her interests include rural healthcare delivery, maternal and child health, and global health education.
Elaine Coldren, M2
Elaine is a first year medical student from Chicago. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BS in Biology and a minor in Poverty Studies. She gained global health experience participating in a medical internship in Puebla, Mexico. The experience in Mexico opened her eyes to the inequality in the health care system and the disparities between urban and rural medicine. She is now assisting to plan the Northwestern University Alliance for International Development (NUAID) medical education program to Oaxaca, Mexico, which sends medical supplies and medical students to an underserved area to provide primary medical care and culturally-sensitive medical education.
Caleb Hseih, M4
Caleb hails from Boston, Massachusetts. With a BS/MS in materials science engineering from Northwestern, Caleb brings a unique perspective to the global health student committee (GHSC). Prior to medical school, Caleb felt a disconnect between technology and the people he hoped to see it benefit. As part of the GHSC, he hopes to facilitate collaboration between the university's various schools. As an M1, he served as the president for Northwestern University Alliance for International Development.
Annsa Huang, M2
Annsa is a first-year medical student whose interest in global health stems from her deep appreciation for the diversity of human culture and experience. With a global health minor under her belt from her undergraduate program at Northwestern University, she approaches global health with the perspective that there is always something to be learned from people from all cultures and walks of life. She has had a formative global health experience at the Centro Medico Humberto Parra, in Bolivia, where she studied the dynamics and presentation of chronic disease in a rural and resource-limited environment. Annsa hopes to promote further discussion of global health at Feinberg and to engage with her peers to pursue rewarding experiences abroad.
David W. Grant, M3
David Grant studied tissue engineering and regenerative medicine at the University of Toronto as a Barbara and Frank Milligan Graduate Fellow. An understanding of the social complexities of stem cell research led him to co-found StemCellTalks, a national high school outreach and excellence organization focused on the science and practical ethics of stem cells. These early experiences confirmed a desire engage broader communities through international development and collaboration. His current interests lie at the intersection of biotechnology and global health.
Shauna Gunaratne, M3
Shauna Gunaratne is a second-year MD/MPH student, who is the current president of Northwestern's chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and involved with Physicians for Human Rights and AMWA. After completing her undergraduate degree, she conducted a year-long public health study in Athens, Greece, while also working with the underserved and undocumented immigrant populations of Athens. She has worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she carried out a project on postpartum family planning. She hopes to promote public health policy from a women's rights and human rights perspective, both internationally and with immigrant populations domestically.
Tyler Maiers, M1
Tyler Maiers is a currentfirst-year student whose first exposure to global health was during anundergraduate intern abroad experience involving pediatric diagnostictuberculosis research in Cape Town, South Africa. During his stay, he worked alongside DoctorsWithout Borders physicians and came to appreciate their dedication to healthequity in resource-limited settings. Tyler's interests include access to HIV and tuberculosis treatment,novel infectious disease diagnostics, and raising awareness for neglectedtropical diseases.
Christine O'Conor, M4
Christine O’Conor is an MD/MPH student who studied global health at Georgetown University before coming to Northwestern excited to pursue new initiatives. Christine served as the public health chair for the Northwestern University Alliance for International Development and traveled with the group to Nicaragua to set up health clinics. She has also worked with the Pan-American Health Organization in Bolivia to promote community health worker training. These experiences have inspired her passion for infectious disease eradication and improving health worker education in the developing world.
Amy Rogers, M1
Amy is a first year medical studentwho graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree inNeuroscience and a minor in Spanish. Her interest in global health wasfostered as an undergraduate where she helped to plan, supply, and run mobilemedical clinics in rural Honduras. After graduation, Amy spent time inAyacucho, Peru working in a regional hospital. Her interests now lie inimproving the delivery of global health care to maximize benefit for those withlimited resources. As a member of Feinberg's SCGH, Amy hopes to raiseawareness of global health issues among her peers and faculty as well as workto find actionable ways to improve healthcare equity across the globe.
Victor Roy, M3
Victor Roy is a founding member of GlobeMed, a non-profit network engaging students at over 30 university chapters across the US to advance the movement for global health equity. Along with travels in places like India, Ghana, and Rwanda, this experience with GlobeMed has inspired Victor’s commitment towards issues of poverty and poor health around the world. His particular interests include the politics of global health, access to treatment for tuberculosis, and community health worker models.
Ellie Ryan, M1
Ellie is a first yearmedical student from Illinois. She attended Northwestern University andobtained a BA in Biological Sciences and Global Health Studies. International experience studying public health in Santiago, Chile aswell as domestic experience with health and education-related nonprofits havegiven Ellie an interest in health care systems and practices around the world. She plans to travel abroad this summer to gain more clinical exposure towomen's health in developing countries.
Lily Saadat, M1
Lily is a first-year medical student with an undergraduate degree in Biology from Stanford University. Having a strong passion for learning languages, Lily spent much of her undergraduate career exploring new cultures and understanding many unique social perspectives. Her interest in global health began during a summer spent providing hospice care in South Africa. Upon returning to Stanford, Lily worked with FACE AIDS, a national non-profit, to help address many of the rampant inequities specifically associated with HIV/AIDS. Now, a member of the SCGH, Lily hopes to work with other Feinberg students interested in global health to further raise awareness about health inequities and access limitations.
Cristina Thomas, M2
Cristina is a current first-year medical student who hopes to make a difference in global health care. Growing up in a small rural town in Illinois, she was not exposed to the idea of global health until college. As an undergraduate at Northwestern University, she established an anemia awareness and management program for young girls in Southern India. She plans to return to India to address issues of quality of life in a rural health care setting.
Kelly Walker, M4/MBA student at Kellogg
Kelly is currently pursing a MD/MBA at Northwestern University and has long been dedicated to global health. After her first year of medical school, Kelly had a transformative experience rotating at a public primary clinic in Stellenbosch, South Africa, which reinforced many of her beliefs about health equity and broadened her perspective on access-to-care and ethical issues in the field of global health.
This page last updated Dec 7, 2012