Broadhurst, Cline, and Goheen named 2014 Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellows in Tropical Medicine

The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) has announced the 2014 recipients of the Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellowship in Tropical Medicine. Through a highly competitive process, 22 Fellows from 18 medical schools were selected. From the UNC School of Medicine, Rob Broadhurst, Amelia Cline, and Morgan Goheen were named 2014 Fellows .

The unique Fellowship is the only medical student award dedicated to nurturing a career path for physician-scientists in tropical medicine. It is awarded annually to full-time medical students at accredited medical schools in North America. Fellows receive airfare and up to $1,000 in living expenses for a clinical training or research project that takes place in an area where tropical diseases are endemic.

The Fellowship is named to honor Benjamin H. Kean, MD, (1912-1993), an internationally acclaimed tropical medicine expert and personal mentor to many of today’s world-renowned tropical medicine experts who were inspired by him as his students in medical school. Kean is also credited with discovering the causes of several diseases, including turista or travelers’ diarrhea.

Kean was a teacher, researcher and practitioner who was committed to the idea that early, hands-on experience in the developing world as the best way to stimulate a career in tropical medicine, and he was instrumental in helping medical students obtain these experiences. Read more about the winners from UNC below.

Rob Broadhurst

Broadhurst is a second-year medical student. “I am most interested in the improvement and expansion of primary care services in tropical settings,” says Broadhurst. “The duality of dealing with infectious diseases in contexts with a growing burden of non-communicable disease is very exciting to me as well.”

Broadhurst attended the University of North Carolina as an undergraduate, where he studied environmental health science and public health. Prior to medical school, he worked in program development and monitoring and evaluation for a non-governmental organization in Haiti.

Amelia Cline

Cline is a second-year medical student, who completed her fellowship on Aug., 4, 2014. During her ASTMH Kean Fellowship, she worked at the Center for Infectious Disease Research of Zambia (CIDRZ) in Lusaka, Zambia. For ten weeks at the CIDRZ, she assisted with the implementation of a World Health Organization-funded field evaluation of two dual HIV and Syphilis rapid testing kits.

"Tropical medicine is a fascinating and rewarding field of study because it incorporates problems in all of those areas, and represents a huge opportunity for improving the health equity of people all around world," said Cline.

Morgan Goheen

Goheen is a student in the MD/PhD program and is currently pursuing her PhD in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology with Drs. Steven Meshnick and Carla Cerami. Her PhD research involves investigating the relationship between host iron status and erythrocyte susceptibility to malaria infection.

Goheen is currently working on her fellowship project in Keneba, Gambia. “I anticipate this fellowship will help me develop an in-depth understanding of infectious disease field research in an international and resource-limited setting,” said Goheen. “Although my project will primarily encompass laboratory-based malaria research, with an on-site clinic I also expect to have the opportunity to shadow physicians and see many patients with malaria and/or iron deficiency.” 

The complete list of the 2014 Benjamin H. Kean Travel Fellows in Tropical Medicine is available on the Ben Kean Travel Fellowship website. The next call for applications will be available on the ASTMH website in January 2015.

 

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