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NSTM 2013 Summer Institute Student - Jolene Damoiseaux

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Words from Jolene

Baylor College of Medicine's Introduction to Tropical Medicine Summer Institute was an incredible experience.

I had the opportunity to learn about tropical medicine from a team of dedicated physicians, professors, researchers, and advocates that are at the forefront of global health today.

Through the Tropical Medicine Summer Institute, I gained a greater understanding of the fight against neglected tropical diseases both within the developing world as well as in the Sabin Vaccine Institute in nearby Houston, Texas. I had the opportunity to work with raw data of a Chagas disease study during our epidemiology lectures, search for parasite eggs in fresh blood and fecal samples, visit the Sabin Vaccine Institute that is learning to combat hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease-diseases that affect millions of adults and children worldwide-and much more.

With an understanding of health as complex and multifaceted, I look forward to investing in a field that requires collaboration among all disciplines. From water quality to Leishmaniasis to public health policy, the Tropical Medicine Summer Institute will provide a comprehensive understanding and humble appreciation for what it means to truly serve.

My aspirations for a career in global health were further solidified through this experience. Dr. Hotez and his colleagues helped me find a place "where my deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." I am sure they will inspire you as much as they did me!