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 am now a full-time Project Officer at FIT in the Ho Chi Minh City office and will be applying to medical school in the U.S!
At FIT, I was responsible for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to, protocol development, basic data cleaning exercises and preliminary data analyses, conference organization, and English teaching to coworkers after hours. The experience really allowed me to grow personally and professionally, and gave me many moments to learn from and reflect on as I pursue a career in global health. Currently, I am completing my last semester at Brandeis University, where I will receive my Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy in May. After graduation, I am set on returning abroad, and am entertaining the possibility of coming back to Southeast Asia, where I hope to work for another such remarkable public health non-profit and use my TEFL certification to continue instructing others.
I spent a month at FIT in Ho Chi Minh City working on my degree project in medicine. I examined how well the private practitioners of Vietnam adhered to the national TB guidelines, which showed some encouraging results!
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.