Senior Deepens Research Experience at WHO Office in the Philippines

SEPTEMBER 7, 2016 – This fall, international health senior Ogechi Nwodim (NHS’17) is working and conducting research at the World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office in the Philippines.

As part of the Department of International Health’s research practicum abroad for seniors, Nwodim will develop her senior thesis on health in this region of the world.

“I will be researching service delivery and the policy framework in order to analyze how a specific social determinant or health rights issue affects the health system and the resultant health of the Philippines,” she says. “I’m currently working with my supervisor from WHO in order to decide the specifics of my research topic.”

‘Personal and Academic Growth’

During her first three years at Georgetown, Nwodim has made the most of her major and the opportunities for internships and professional development.

“My time at Georgetown has been a time of personal and academic growth, and for that, I am grateful,” she says.

She has also taken part in research in the region. For example, Nwodim highlights last summer when she worked alongside Amy Ives, PharmD, an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and a fellow Georgetown student on a research study that aims to understand “the pharmaceutical causes of falls in hospitals.”

Additionally, Nwodim spent a different summer interning at the National Institutes of Health with James Taylor, MD, where she participated in a study of pain among minority populations with sickle cell disease.

Involved Student

Outside of the classroom, Nwodim is active on campus with various student organizations, such as the After School Kids (ASK) Program, through which she has served as a tutor to youth in the District of Columbia since her sophomore year.

She is also the co-vice president of both the Georgetown University Minority Association of Pre-Health Students and the African Society of Georgetown.

“GUMAPS is an organization devoted to improving minority health and offering guidance to minority students interested in health,” she says. “ASG is an organization which spreads awareness about the history and culture about the diverse continent of Africa. I’m super excited to return back to Georgetown and work with these organizations during my last semester.”

Medical Career

As senior year progresses, Nwodim is planning to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and complete her medical school applications in the spring semester.

“During the gap year after graduation and before medical school, I hope to be pursuing a master’s in health management or an MPH at graduate schools in London,” she says.

The aspiring physician says: “I plan to use both my clinical and public health knowledge to help in the advancement of the health of those around the world.” 

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