Current Program: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nuriya was fortunate to have had two extraordinary opportunities following her third year of medical school which expanded her horizons and served as an introduction to global health. First, she engaged in an international clinical research project focusing on improving the sexual health and lives of women in the Republic of South Africa. During this six-month experience, she primarily worked on clinical study design and piloting in a small, rural area situated in a province where HIV/AIDS is endemic and unchecked. She simultaneously received an unparalleled education on both international women’s health issues as well as on the challenges involved in health care delivery to a high-risk population in a remote location. The second experience was a three-month clinical experience in Ghana. She worked in labor wards and the Gynecology Emergency Room in both rural and large hospital settings evaluating patients and accompanying them to the operating room. Additionally, she traveled briefly to Lesotho during her fourth year of medical school providing health education, STD prevention information, general health care, and HIV counseling and testing services. These experiences piqued her interest in the delivery of effective, accessible healthcare to women. While she is aware of the tremendous need for medical resources and personnel abroad, she is also keenly aware of the reproductive needs plaguing women here in the United States. To that end, she envisions developing a career which will allow her to straddle two hemispheres, incorporating both communities in her quest to provide appropriate, culturally sensitive women’s healthcare to those who need it most.