International Health and Infectious Diseases – a Medic’s perspective (part 2)

Guillaume Paugam welcomes Karina Darbinian on the pod today, for the second of two episodes with her. 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, she discusses how she left her first job as a doctor in Moscow’s largest hospital (discussed last week), to go volunteer in a rural clinic in Guatemala! She tells us all about rural medicine, the challenges and differences compared to urban hospital medicine, and talks at length about the links between the social and the medical in this remote part of Guatemala. 

International Health and Infectious Diseases – a Medic’s perspective (part 1)

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!

International Development, Healthcare Access and Mental Health in Research

Guillaume Paugam welcomes Lise Cazzoli on the podcast this week, to talk about her DPhil in International Development. Lise focuses on how people living in areas hit by natural disasters can access healthcare, with a special interest in Haiti and Puerto Rico. In addition to healthcare access for physical illnesses, she also studies how people can get treated for chronic mental health conditions, prompting a more general discussion of mental health issues in research and for researchers. She also talks us through her fascinating field trip to coastal Guyana, and how that proved a defining moment in her DPhil research.