Global Health Needs to Provide Mental Care to Marginalized Population

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Thirty years ago, my parents escaped war-torn Lebanon as refugees. Having lived most of my life in California, the annual trips to Lebanon had a profound impact on me. In 2013, I traveled to Lebanon, this time as a graduate student researcher, to conduct a study on mental health that I hoped would help to improve the quality of life of those living in the Shatila refugee camp. During my study, I met 18-year-old refugee with symptoms and signs of depression. The experience brought home to me one of the most disheartening aspects of global medicine: the neglect of mental health. While my desire to become a physician can be traced, years back to where I was brought face to face with poverty and suffering, my recent trip opened my eyes to …show more content…
Thirty years ago, my parents escaped war-torn Lebanon as refugees. Having lived most of my life in California, the annual trips to Lebanon had a profound impact on me. In 2013, I traveled to Lebanon, this time as a graduate student researcher, to conduct a study on mental health that I hoped would help to improve the quality of life of those living in the Shatila refugee camp. During my study, I met 18-year-old refugee with symptoms and signs of depression. The experience brought home to me one of the most disheartening aspects of global medicine: the neglect of mental health. While my desire to become a physician can be traced, years back to where I was brought face to face with poverty and suffering, my recent trip opened my eyes to health inequalities and gaps in delivering care. As a re-applicant, my perseverance, academic strengths, and unique experiences have brought me to the certainty that being a physician would best enable me to address unmet global mental health needs and provide medical care to marginalized populations. In the past year, I have improved my academic and practical knowledge of medicine. I graduate August 2013 with a Master of Science (MS) degree in Global Health Sciences from UCSF, with a comprehensive skill set applicable to any area of medicine. I received extensive training in global health research, studied global health problems, and explored a hands-on global fieldwork on mental health in a refugee camp. My contribution gives me much

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