Let’s start from the beginning

Hello everyone. This marks my 3rd blog chronicling my international adventures and I couldn’t be more excited to start. You can read my previous Malawi and Botswana blogs.

Who am I? Let’s pretend for a minute that my mom isn’t the only one reading this blog. My name is Hayley and I just finished my third year of medical school at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

What am I up to this year? I am taking a year off between my third and fourth year of medical school. This time I am having a unique experience and (gasp) it won’t include an African country. I am honored to report that I have been selected as the 2013-2014 Stanford-NBC Global Health and Media fellow. This fellowship, open to all medical students/residents/physicians gives one person the opportunity to gain experience in the field of global health journalism. So what does that actually mean? It means that I get to hop all around the globe and do some fantastic things.

  1. Haiti:  starting my experience with a quick trip to Haiti to visit Hospital Bernard Mevs at the beginning of June.
  2. India: I will spend ~3 months (July-Sept) in New Delhi working for the WHO (World Health Organization) regional office (SEARO).
  3. Journalism School @ Stanford: (Sept-Jan)
  4. NBC:  (Jan-June): I will be working at NBC studio (30 Rock!) in NYC, embedded with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, chief medical editor for NBC.

Along the way I will be updating this blog with my experiences (the good, the bad and the ugly) and thoughts.