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Introduction, HIV Fellowship, Global Health

  • 1.  Introduction, HIV Fellowship, Global Health

    Posted 12-23-2020 13:47

    Hello,

    I am a family medicine graduate from 2019, currently at a locums position in Chicago, Illinois, but I will be joining the HIV Clinical leadership fellowship in Los Angeles County this July 2021.

    Most of my HIV experience has been overseas for the most part. During my training I was able to do a tropical medicine rotation in rural Kenya and my first job out of residency was with Doctors Without Borders as the TB/HIV doctor in a UN camp in South Sudan.

    I want to continue doing global health and be part of that generation of clinicians to help lower the rates of HIV in hard hit places like Africa, but  I do get confused of how to go about this as I want to balance a career here in the US. I really am having a hard time finding mentors and like-minded clinicians who can sort of guide me to how to get my career a bit more focused. I've been feeling all over the place and I am not really too sure how to go about my interests. Doctors Without Borders will always have my heart in terms of NGOs and an organization to work for, but they are an emergency organization and may not contribute fully to the overall long-term development of HIV programs in their areas of work.

    I was curious to know how many people here have been able to contribute to the fight against HIV overseas? How have you been able to balance that with a career here in the US? Any organizations I could get myself associated with now? 

    I'd love to connect and speak to you if this applies. I feel like I am in desperate need of a mentor.

    P.S. Also, I am highly interested in developing a mobile app, not only for the patient, but for the HIV program. One of the main problems I experienced in South Sudan was that our records were being placed in those large record books that were often inaccurate and the patient would not be able to receive notifications if they were late for medications or needed labs done. I am doing a literature review now of technology that exists, but if anyone has any advice or suggestion, I am open to take those as well!

    thanks,
    EG 




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    Earl Gerald Carlos
    Renton WA
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  • 2.  RE: Introduction, HIV Fellowship, Global Health

    Posted 12-23-2020 16:33

    Hi Earl,

    Welcome to our community. Great Job working with Global health. I am so much interested with developing a mobile app for our patient. I work with an NGO primarily providing HIV care and I trust a mobile app will be great tool for clients especially with setting reminders for medications and lab work. 

    Please lets keep in touch. Happy holidays!



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    Lucy Efobi
    Linden NJ
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  • 3.  RE: Introduction, HIV Fellowship, Global Health

    Posted 12-23-2020 19:00

    Hey that's awesome Lucy.

    Which NGO do you work for? I can definitely keep you updated on my progress.



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    Earl Gerald Carlos
    Renton WA
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  • 4.  RE: Introduction, HIV Fellowship, Global Health

    Posted 12-24-2020 16:14

    Hi Earl,

    Welcome to the community! It's great to hear about your passion for HIV and global health. I am also someone with a deep interest in global health. I have participated in a couple of medical mission trips, but nothing as intensive as Doctors Without Borders. I am very much interested, but I have found limited opportunities open to clinical pharmacists. I'm intrigued to learn more about your idea for a mobile app. I've been trying to find ways to merge my love for HIV management, global health, and a new found interest in programming. Look forward to talking with you further!

    Happy Holidays!



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    Samantha Strong, PharmD, BCACP, AAHIVP, CDCES
    Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
    Nevada Health Centers
    Las Vegas, NV
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  • 5.  RE: Introduction, HIV Fellowship, Global Health

    Posted 12-28-2020 10:39

    Hey samantha!

    So, just by doing some primary google searching and reading the past few weeks. There are already some mobile applications out there.

    What I hope to develop was a 'Programatic App,' an app that would help not only the patients, but also the clinic or the program running the HIV program. Keeping up with all of our information and getting patient's back when necessary if they were late to pick up their medications or if they had an abnormal lab value was difficult because in South Sudan, where resources were limited, they were still using large notebooks to keep track of their patients. I wanted to make things simpler for them, but also give them the ability to reach out to their patients using the mobile app.

    As to how that would look like, I am not too sure yet, but I am in talk with one of my friends who knows how to create mobile apps.



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    Earl Gerald Carlos
    Renton WA
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