Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Sheneka Horne, a global health pediatrician and the founder of The Blk Doctor. They talk about global health fellowship programs and how students and doctors of color can find support on their journey in medicine.
How to Get Involved in Global Health
Dr. Horne had several opportunities to travel locally and internationally to see how different health systems work. She advises anyone interested to choose a program carefully. Preferably the organization should have an ongoing presence, which means that they are using local interventions and teaching the natives how to continue the work they are doing. The more sustainable the effort, the better. While traveling, be mindful not to take photos that perpetuate stereotypes of impoverished communities.
Making an Impact Globally and Locally
Global health work in another country allows you to understand other cultures and health practices better. This experience offers a new way of looking at health and medicine. But even in the US, there are still places which have poor access to hospitals, electricity, and water. You can do meaningful work even in your home country. There’s no shortage of people who need help.
Supporting the Marginalized in Medicine
The path to becoming a physician is not easy, but it can be even harder if you’re part of a minority group. To help you on your journey, don’t be afraid to reach out to others. Everybody has experienced failure at some point, so you are not alone.
Dr. Horne started The Blk Doctor in an effort to help black physicians overcome burnout. She coaches fellow doctors on how to ask for opportunities and boundaries for a more fulfilling practice.
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