MDs of Global Health
MDs of Global Health is a new national initiative spearheaded by the National Officer of Global Health Education and the Global Health Education Committee. It is a collection of portraits and interviews of Canadian physicians dedicated to global health, inspired by “Humans of New York”. We are hoping that this initiative will inspire and engage medical students in learning more about careers and projects they can take on in global health. Each physician has also provided their contact information if you would like to learn more about their experiences or to seek advice on global health involvement.
- - National Officer of Global Health Education: Farnaz Javadian (University of British Columbia)
- - Global Health Education Committee:
- - Kiruthika Baskaran (University of Toronto)
- - Khalidha Nasiri (University of Western Ontario)
- - Nguyet Nguyen (Memorial University of Newfoundland)
- - Divya Santhanam (University of Western Ontario)
- - Caleb Sypkes (University of Ottawa)
Interview with Dr. Peter Daley
1. What is your specialty and where are you currently working?
My specialty is infectious diseases and medical microbiology and I am an Associate Professor of Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
2. What made you decide to get involved in global health and what sort of initiatives/projects have you taken on?
I decided early in medical residency that I wanted to work in developing countries and study infectious diseases. I went to Nepal on a medical student elective, which influenced me deeply. After residency, I joined a Christian missionary organization and worked in India for 3 years. I worked in a large teaching hospital called Christian Medical College Vellore and did research in tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment. I published a large randomized controlled trial of adjunctive vitamin D for tuberculosis treatment.
3. How has your global health experience contributed to your career path/day-to-day work?
I returned to Canada for family reasons and found an academic position, where I continue to do clinical and research work in infectious diseases.
4. What advice do you have for students interested in global health?
Take one or more student or resident electives in order to assess your interest and aptitude for living in a developing country, since it is challenging. Connect with an organization that is working in global health, to seek a funding model that can sustain you. Start with a project that you can feasibly complete.
5. As we are hoping that the MDs of Global Health national initiative will inspire medical students across the country to become involved in global health, would you like students to be able to contact you if they are interested in learning more about your experiences? If so, what would be the best way to get in contact with you?
You can email me at [email protected].
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