So you want to be a virologist?

“Viruses to me are extremely smart, and almost poetic to me.” Quite an introduction to the subject of virology! Dr. Connie Chow talks of her love for virology, her interests in transforming STEM learning through initiatives like The Exploratory in Ghana and The letter to my young self initiative. Find her on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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Public Health and Epidemiology: My Story

dr_aida_asmelash_public_health_and-_epidemiologyMeet Dr. Aida Asmelash, the Clinical Research Site Leader and Research Associate at the Botswana Harvard Aids Institute. She is an experienced clinical researcher, with exposure to HIV/AIDS Research and several publications on the same. She is also the Network Program Leader for the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG). This is our interview with this global leader.

Question: Tell me about why you wanted to be a doctor and how you got into public health.
Aida: I have always had a great passion for helping others. Since I was a young girl, maybe 10 years old, I knew that I wanted to be either a nurse or a doctor. I completed high school and got a scholarship to study medicine. After medical school, I was posted in rural Ethiopia where I worked for about a year before proceeding to Europe for postgraduate studies in public health and epidemiology. Continue reading