Building a clinical medicine and global health career, with pediatric infectious diseases specialist Sarah Labuda

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In this episode, Sujani sits down with Sarah Labuda, a physician and medical epidemiologist focusing on global health. They discuss Sarah’s passion for both global health and clinical practice, how Sarah found her way to public health, and advice for students who are mapping out their own career paths.

What You’ll Learn from this Episode:

  • Sarah’s experiences working in pediatrics and global health
  • What inspired Sarah to pursue a career in global health
  • Advice for students who are interested in pursuing a career in global health
  • What learning resources are available for gaining skills needed in public health
  • What a day in Sarah’s life looks like
  • The importance of asking questions and speaking to others working in fields that you are interested in
  • The importance of self reflection and determining your core values and goals
  • How you can gain more experience in global health

Today’s Guest:

Dr. Sarah Labuda is a physician and medical epidemiologist with a passion for global health and public health practice, clinical medicine, and helping students and trainees planning for satisfying and impactful careers in global health. She has practiced urgent care and full-scope general pediatrics in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Lousiana; provided specialty care to children with sickle cell disease in Angola; and worked in public health at the state, national, and international levels focusing on HIV, Tuberculosis, Hansen’s Disease, and malaria control. She completed both her undergraduate and medical degrees at Texas A&M University; Pediatric Residency at the University of Arkansas for the Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas; Masters of Public Health degree with certificate in global health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans.

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