Scholarship Awards

Chicago Medical School Global Health Scholarship Recipients 2013


The CMS Global Health Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to CMS students who participate in approved global health for-credit courses in an effort to 1) decrease the educational debt for medical students interested in global health and 2) facilitate activities during global health electives that will benefit the host institution or community. 

The following M4 and M2 students have been awarded the CMS Global Health Travel and Project Scholarship!

Su Aung, Graduation June 2013: Uganda and Myanmar

Upon graduation from CMS, Su is now a medicine/pediatrics resident at St. Louis University. Su traveled to Uganda and Myanmar learning about the healthcare system in these countries, volunteering at hospitals and clinics, and providing public health education, particularly in HIV/AIDS. She hopes to pursue her global health work during residency and beyond by continuing her work with HIV/AIDS and human trafficking. The global health scholarships made the invaluable travel opportunities and the motivating global health experiences possible for Su. The scholarships helped tremendously with travel and project expenses for multiple global health trips. Su recommends all students at CMS to take advantage of the existing and expanding global health opportunities at Rosalind Franklin University. The experiences not only broadened her perception of health but also motivated her and humbled her. She is grateful for the extensive support she has received through the scholarships and the global health office in pursing her passion. (Sue was the recipient of the Humanitarian Award 2013)


Garima Sarda, Graduation June 2013: Ecuador

Garima Sarda is doing her pediatrics residency at Baystate Children's Hospital and hopes to pursue a fellowship in the future.  During medical school, she had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador for medical electives. More than the knowledge of medicine, she has had a firsthand opportunity to practice different languages as well as learn about the cultural differences in the practice of medicine, which is something that will prove to be useful in her future career. She plans on expanding on her global health experiences throughout residency and her future career. She is grateful for this scholarship as it definitely helped defray the cost of her most recent trip!


Sean Barkan, Class of 2016: Belize

During the summer of 2013, Sean Barkan traveled abroad to Belize for a once in a lifetime experience. From the people he met, the food he ate, the culture he was immersed in, and the people he helped medically, the entire experience was life changing. If he could do it all over again, he would, and he plans on doing something similar in the future when the time is right. The CMS Global Health Travel and Project Scholarship he was awarded helped cover his costs. He is very thankful that he was chosen for the honor.



Julia Belous, Class of 2016: Peru

Julia Belous was honored to receive the Travel Scholarship, which allowed her to have the greatest experience of her life thus far. She traveled to Peru in 2013 and this experience shaped the way she will practice medicine by reflecting the values and skills she learned. She is now more aware of the resources she can use to treat patients and will strive to minimize wastefulness because a simple Band-Aid can be a limited resource in many places of the world. She plans to participate in more trips of this nature in the future as a physician and offer her care to people in need. She thinks that awareness is the first step towards change and she plans to bring that and more to the field of international healthcare.



Brent Bjorklund, Class of 2016: Belize

During the summer of 2013, Brent Bjorklund had the opportunity to travel to Belize on a service learning trip.  His group provided free healthcare to rural villages in Belize.  The global health scholarship helped him cover the costs of that trip. It was an extremely rewarding experience and has reinforced his beliefs in the importance of global health and has insured that he will continue to be heavily involved in global health in his future.



Krista Cascia, Class of 2016: Belize

Krista Cascia has been interested in international affairs. This past summer in Belize she was finally able to experience the nexus between her two passions of medicine and international relations. She was able to see medicine as an opportunity for international development and diplomacy. She realized the country’s need not only for more medical professionals, but also development in sanitation, housing, water purity and medical education in order to improve health. As she moves forward in her medical career she hopes to travel back to Belize, as well as other countries, to provide needed medical services as well as engage in healthcare development.



Jupin Chako, Class of 2016: Peru

For Jupin Chacko travelling to Peru was the experience of a lifetime. Not only did Jupin get the opportunity to see a new country and culture, he also had the privilege to practice medicine and help others less fortunate. He was able to witness surgeries and diseases that he would not normally be able to see in the states and he learned about the problems with healthcare outside of the U.S. As a medical student with a mountain of loans, the scholarship was able to alleviate some of the burden and made the trip more feasible. Given the option, he will definitely do more travelling to participate in more medical trips in the future.




Alex Chehrazi-Raffle, Class of 2016: Colombia

Global health is a major reason Alex decided to pursue medicine as a career. At Chicago Medical School, he has taken an active role in the global health community by joining the International Health Interest Group (IHIG). As IHIG president, he helps fellow students coordinate three-week volunteer experiences in a foreign country. On his IHIG trip to Medellin, Colombia, he volunteered at Clinica CardioVID, an urban nonprofit hospital that provides health services in the cardiovascular, thoracic, pulmonary and interventional vascular radiology areas. He divided his time between shadowing surgeons in the operating room and working on research papers with the cardiology department. In the mornings, he was a fly-on-the-wall during an array of cardiac surgery and cardiology procedures. In the afternoons, he was a research assistant, collaborating on research studies regarding tetralogy of Fallot, the Szabo technique, spontaneous coronary artery dissections, and syphilitic aortitis.



Natalie Dale, Class of 2016: Uganda

Prior to coming to medical school, Natalie spent a year studying public health as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand.  This experience piqued her interest in global health, and inspired her to pursue global health opportunities once in medical school.  Her IHIG trip to Uganda, made possible by the Global Health Scholarship, combined her interest in public health with hands-on medical experience, and solidified her decision to pursue a career in global health.  Natalie hopes to one day work for Doctors Without Borders. 



Mira Elnan, Class of 2016: Uganda

Mira Elnan grew up in Sacramento CA, and went to a Waldorf School for a liberal arts high school education. She is currently a 2nd year medical student and she is interested in global health, particularly in the areas of low cost diagnostics and sustainable technology for the developing world. In Uganda at HOCW and Zanta Clinic, she experienced limited resources in technology and diagnostics that will positively impact her future problem solving in these areas. She used the scholarship money to help pay for her flight. The scholarship was a great help.




Miao Jenny Hua, Class of 2016: China

For Mioa Hua Global Health was and is and will always be an integral part of her understanding of medicine. She has been working on fields related to global health for some time - namely sociocultural research. The scholarship money enabled her to travel to Wuhan, China the summer of 2013. Without it, she would not have had the means to go there and attend to her research questions, which required interviewing and collaborating with local clinicians and scholars. Having that firsthand exposure to local conditions is the necessary means for understanding how medical educational reform policies devised in Chicago are affecting the students and physicians in Wuhan. Her two month stay there shed light on the day-to-day conditions of a teaching clinic/hospital in ways in which administering a survey from overseas could not accomplish. This scholarship was the enabling condition for this research. She highly recommends the program for all interested in accessing an alternative side of medicine.




Karen Kinsley, Class of 2016: Peru

The CMS Global Health Travel and Project Scholarship gave Karen the opportunity to serve in various healthcare settings in Peru. Her daily work and interactions with members of the local Peruvian community helped her gain a better appreciation of the culture, as well as the medical issues that affect this part of the world. Working in an international healthcare setting allowed her to better understand how to serve under-served populations, which she believes will help her become a more compassionate and skilled physician, both locally and globally. She hopes to have more opportunities to serve abroad in the future so that she may continue to promote health and wellness on a larger scale. 



Sakshi Sahni, Class of 2016: India

Sakshi global health experience in New Delhi, India during the summer of 2013 was one of the most elevating, humbling, and rewarding exposures she has had in medicine. The training, wealth of knowledge, and thorough teaching the doctors at Kalra Hospital provided her with was invaluable. Being immersed in a completely new country and environment where the main form of communication and factor that unites everyone is merely medicine, makes learning very powerful. This experience exemplified the importance of cultural competency in our medical education; it is one way to ensure that future medical professionals can meet the needs of patients. It helped her acknowledge the impact of being cognizant of different cultural beliefs and values on delivering quality care. This scholarship contributed to making her ambitions a reality; it served as a platform in encouraging her vision as a future physician of the United States. It allowed her to continue her aspirations, or perhaps strengthen and expand them, without compromising opportunities of excellence.




Jason Stoklosa, Class of 2016: Peru

This past summer, Jason Stoklosa had the opportunity to travel to Peru where he spent three weeks following different aspects of the healthcare system. He worked in community clinics, observed brain surgery being performed, and learned about some of the country’s major health problems. Volunteering in community clinics afforded him the opportunity to hone some of his clinical skills, as well as improve his Spanish speaking. He feels this whole experience is a great asset to him as he moves forward in his career. In addition, his Peru experience has piqued his interest in global health in the future. He is very grateful the committee has awarded him this scholarship.



Jessica Tuan, Class of 2016: Peru

Jessica Tuan traveled to Peru with medical students for a medical service trip in the summer of 2013. This rewarding experience solidified her interest in pursuing global health initiatives in Asian and Spanish-speaking countries in order to learn more about diverse healthcare systems, patient populations, and treatment methods.