After three years of medical school and a 24-hour flight to New Delhi, I'm beginning my year as the Stanford–ABC News Global Health Media Fellow. The fellowship, launched by Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health (CIGH), is a unique opportunity to integrate two of my strongest interests, media and medicine, through hands-on training at the World Health Organization in Delhi, the Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism, and ABC News in New York City.
Currently, I'm part of a team responsible for WHO's media output for the Southeast Asia Region. There is so much that goes into communicating global health issues to an international audience, and I'm just beginning to learn the ropes at a pace that rivals medical school. I recently sat down with Vismita Gupta-Smith, who heads the Public Information and Advocacy Unit (PIA), to talk about what we do within an organization like the WHO.