I interned with FIT during the summer of 2018 and began working on a study looking at the feasibility and acceptability of using Video Observed Therapy for tuberculosis treatment adherence in the private sector. It gave me the foundational experience I needed to complete an undergraduate honors thesis, and I graduated in May 2019. I was then hired as a full-time project officer at FIT in Ho Chi Minh City until I left for medical school at the University of California San Francisco.
For my degree project in medicine I wrote about the association between health insurance enrollment and tuberculosis treatment outcomes in Ho Chi Minh City. We found a significant association for this, as well as an association between treatment outcome and other variables.
I interned for four months at FIT as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the summer of 2017. I spent my time developing an institution-wide standard operating procedure for the collection, storage, analysis, and reporting of data. I also worked on the back-end architecture of the VITIMES mHealth app linking incoming data from the Vietnamese TB National Register to our contact tracing and screening activities. I use the data management and analysis skills I honed at FIT every day in my current role as a scientist at Public Health England.