She completed her Undergraduate and Masters degrees at Stanford University, her Medical and Public Health degrees at the Johns Hopkins University, and an MPhil in Development Studies at Cambridge. Prior to returning to Cambridge, she completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Columbia New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Liz was the Vice President of the Gates Cambridge Scholar Society from 2011-2012 and is currently an executive director of the Global Scholars Symposium. She is on the editorial board of the King's Review, an academic online magazine created by graduate students at King's College.
Liz has been involved in numerous international projects including a program for North Korean refugees in China, an HIV/AIDS initiative in Soweto, South Africa, a pediatrics infectious disease project in the Northern Territories of Australia, and a project published in the Lancet on the mortality in the Iraq War. She also holds a US patent for a medical device that preserves cardiac cells during a heart attack. She is an avid rower and rows in King’s College’s first women’s VIII.
I had always thought I could never be a great doctor because I felt too emotionally bound to my patients. It was impossible for me to hold back tears when feeling that gut wrenching empathy for families mourning the passing of their loved ones. Because it always seemed as if I were the only resident moved by these scenes, I reasoned that this was an unprofessional impulse.
Health workers in developing countries face challenges that are often taken for granted in the developed world, but new technologies have the potential to become leap frog solutions that address such barriers.
The United States has been in recession for years and calls for fiscal responsibility ring loudly. Fiscal crises and congressional deadlock have almost become the new normal. Rising health care costs account for 25% of total federal spending and stands at $2.8 trillion a year.
I feel that the UK is at a crossroads in much the same way that the US was several decades ago. High profile court cases surrounding patient rights at the end of life catalyzed a set of changes, which led to America's current system of aggressive treatments at all costs regardless of futility or clinical common sense.
17/01/2013 18:23 GMT
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