Amrita is a 4th year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in Molecular and Cell Biology: Infectious Diseases and Spanish Language and Literature, where she developed an interest in the intersection of health and the socioeconomic, cultural, and historical narratives of countries within South and Central America. While in college, she participated in research investigating mental health in adolescents across San Francisco. After graduation, she worked as a research coordinator at UCSF, examining cardiovascular outcomes in a patient population experiencing end-stage renal disease.
In medical school, Amrita began formalizing her interests in global health and advocacy in tandem, researching patient and provider satisfaction with a telephone triage program for children living with HIV in Chennai, India and working with the Mobile Clinic Project at UCLA. She is interested in the social and contextual drivers of individual behavior as well as the intersection between biomedical and social factors in determining HIV risk. She hopes to learn more about qualitative and mixed methods research, deepen quantitative research skills, and gain an understanding of how research impacts patient and community outcomes. She will apply into Internal Medicine for residency, with the ultimate goal of pursuing academic medicine as an educator, researcher, and clinician.
Research Area: Social and sexual network structures and patterns of HIV/STI risk among MSM and TW in Lima, Peru.
Applications for the 2020-21 class are now being accepted on a rolling basis.