Guillaume Paugam welcomes Karina Darbinian on the pod today, for the first of a series of two episodes. Karina is a doctor from Russia, where she completed all her medical studies. She now studies for an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine at Oxford, a multidisciplinary degree focusing on the delivery of healthcare in low to middle-income countries. As a doctor, Karina specialised in infectious diseases, a passion she discovered late in her studies. On today’s episode, in addition to presenting her current degree, Karina tells us all about one of her jobs before coming to Oxford – working as an infectious disease specialist in Moscow’s largest hospital, mostly with people with HIV and addictions. In next week’s episode, she discusses how she left this position to go volunteer in a rural clinic in Guatemala, and how that influenced her path to Oxford!