The Frist Global Health Leaders (FGHL) program affords young health professional students, residents, and fellows the opportunity to serve and train abroad in underserved communities for up to one semester. In doing so, they will bolster capacity in clinics in need of support as well as offer training to community health workers to promote sustainability upon their departure from these communities. As part of the program, they blog about their expereinces here. For more information, visit our program page.

Natasha Corbitt Natasha Marie Corbitt grew up in America's playground -- Atlantic City, New Jersey. She lived in Philadelphia after college working on DNA vaccine development for HIV and HPV at the University of Pennsylvania. She is an alumna of the Medical Scientist Training Program earning an MD/PhD at the University of Pittsburgh where she completed her thesis work in liver immunology at the Transplantation Institute. She is currently completing her general surgery residency training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and plans to pursue pediatric surgery fellowship training. As an aspiring pediatric surgeon scientist, her clinical interests include congenital anomalies of the hepatobiliary system and liver disease. As the product of teenage parents, she believes that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential.  She hopes to make an impact on the treatment of hepatobiliary disease in children with a commitment to surgery, research, and teaching. Outside of the hospital, she has traveled to Rome, Paris, Nice, Monaco, Nicaragua, Canada, Mexico, and Germany. She is ecstatic about traveling to Kijabe, Kenya, where she will have the opportunity to embrace new learning and cultural experiences.
Brian Craig

Brian Craig is a senior general surgery resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is from Western New York and received a BS degree in Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. During residency he has engaged in research that sought to understand the mechanisms of disease relapse in neuroblastoma, a devastating cancer of childhood, and published several manuscripts on this subject. Brian is very excited to travel to Kijabe, Kenya in the summer of 2017 to learn from the patients, students and fellow residents.

Jeremy Gerber

Jeremy Gerber is a Physician Assistant (PA) student at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN. His interest for international outreach began in 2012 when he served with a mission team to a deaf school in Kingston, Jamaica, and then worked as a summer intern at a deaf school in Reynosa, Mexico. An opportunity to pair medicine with missions came in 2015, when Jeremy was part of a medical team sent to Nicaragua. These opportunities to provide care to the underserved while overcoming language and cultural barriers gave Jeremy a passion to obtain medical training as a PA so that he could be better equipped to care for the needy. He gained further experience as a nursing assistant and a medical scribe while completing his undergraduate degree in Biology from Bradley University in Peoria, IL. His goal is to engage with the immigrant and refugee populations in Nashville and to work in short- and long-term medical missions abroad. He will serve as a Frist Global Health Leader at Siloam Health in Nashville, TN.
Caleb Huber

Caleb Huber is a fourth-year medical student and plans to match to a residency that combines training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds). Caleb grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and is the oldest of six children. After graduating from high school, he attended Vanderbilt University where he studied Biomedical Engineering. During his time at Vanderbilt, he was a student leader in the Nashville Navigators and a member of the Vanderbilt Running Club. At the recommendation of a friend, Sudeep Das, he also began volunteering at Siloam Health, a clinic for the underserved refugee and immigrant populations in Nashville, TN. He had the privilege of participating in and, the following year, co-facilitating Siloam’s Community Health Immersion program. He returned to Indianapolis to attend Indiana University School of Medicine. He is an active member in his church, Church for the Nations, on the north side of Indianapolis.

Kim Pruett

Kim Pruett is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She finished medical school after serving for six years in the US Air Force.   She is currently a senior emergency medicine resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.  Her interests include global health, rural medicine and EMS.  She likes to spend her free time hiking, playing with her dog or reading.

Joseph Reardon

Joseph M. Reardon, MD is the International Emergency Medicine Fellow at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He works at Georgetown Public Hospital in Georgetown, Guyana, where he teaches resident physicians in emergency medicine. He is particularly interested in advancing graduate medical education and quality, high-value, cost-effective care for those in great need. He holds an MD cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed emergency medicine residency at Duke University in the global health scholarly track. He has experience working throughout the Americas.

Cameron Schlegel

Cameron Schlegel is a general surgery resident at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is from Salt Lake City Utah, and received her BS/BA degree in Biology/Chemistry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her MD degree at Vanderbilt, where she spent time conducting pediatric oncology and vaccine related research. She elected to stay in Nashville and pursue her general surgery training at Vanderbilt, and is currently conducting lab research in pediatric intestinal diseases, as well as clinical research on pancreatic cancer and peritoneal carcinomatosis. During her residency, she has become particularly interested in surgical education, and leads a year-long teaching course for the intern class.

Her and her husband, also a physician, are excited to have the opportunity to travel to Kijabe, Kenya together, and look forward to teaching and learning from such an incredible place.

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