From the Depths of Africa to its Peak

by Jordan Anderson Well here I am at the end of a life changing summer. Sitting in Dubai’s airport on my way back to San Francisco, I can’t help but think how different life is here versus where I came from. I am surrounded by gold necklaces for sale at outrageous prices, yet I drove … Continue reading From the Depths of Africa to its Peak

Eat, Sleep, and Breathe Guatemala

By Edna Bissoon I spent the Summer of 2019 in Jalapa, Guatemala a small rural city about 2 hours from the capital. As soon as I arrived I felt at ease because Jalapa has a bustling city center surrounded by untouched forestry, beautiful rolling hills and horses dotting the pastures. However, it took me a … Continue reading Eat, Sleep, and Breathe Guatemala

Close to Home

By Jessica Blum When most people hear the words “global health,” images of sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and South Asia may all come to mind, among other locations. Regardless, one often imagines a far-off place wrought with starvation, infectious disease and an implied poor health infrastructure. Living in San Diego, we are uniquely situated to defy … Continue reading Close to Home

Until Next Time, India

By Aislinn McMillan India really gave me an appreciation of perspective. It was monsoon season when I was there, and thus it was always pouring rain or overcast and about to be pouring rain. Streets would be muddy and commutes would be wet. My American umbrella was not fit to deal with the rains and … Continue reading Until Next Time, India

“Bem-vinda a Mozambique!”

by Jordan Anderson Well, here we are at the end. I am sorry that my blog post is coming so close to the conclusion of my trip. Sometimes it takes until the end to truly understand the beginning. First, let me introduce myself. My name is Jordan Anderson and I am going into my second … Continue reading “Bem-vinda a Mozambique!”


By Aislinn McMillan ‘Endometrium.’ ‘Cystic lesions from cerebellum.’ ‘Gluteal abscess.’ ‘Fluid from knee’. ‘Placenta.’ ‘Collection around heel.’ As I sift through diagnostic registers, these are just a few of the types of samples types I see. Like many of my classmates, I relied heavily on a study resource called SketchyMedical to learn microbiology. This resource … Continue reading INDIA: WHEN TB IS ALWAYS IN THE DDX

Olá from Brazil!

by Allison Reichl I have been living in beautiful Salvador, Brazil for a month now. My research project is to study stem cell genes in hepatocellular carcinoma, in order to understand whether cancer stem cells (CSCs) are important targets in liver cancer therapy. The resected livers that I study here are unique because of the … Continue reading Olá from Brazil!

A Lesson in Hospitality

When I think of my arrival in Botucatu, a small city in the Brazilian countryside, the first word that comes to mind is “hospitality.” From the first day, I was eagerly greeted and introduced to the town, which boasts two large university campuses, several historic buildings, and numerous nearby waterfalls. When I came to the … Continue reading A Lesson in Hospitality