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#2023Trojan: Meet Krisilda Atieh, Progressive Degree Graduate

Krisilda Atieh earns her Master of Science in Global Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from USC.

Department of Population and Public Health Sciences May 15, 2023
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Why did you choose to pursue your degree at USC?

As someone who wants to enter the healthcare field, I think it’s important to gain a broader understanding of the health issues a patient may face, so that I am better equipped to handle the situation and provide them with the best care possible. What better way to do that than learning about global medicine!

What is one of your favorite memories from your program?

Going to study abroad in Panama was a very insightful and enriching experience with my fellow Global Medicine peers. We got to see a different side of each other and made new friends, while also seeing and being a part of the amazing work that the floating doctors do.

What course in your program did you enjoy the most and why?

I enjoyed MEDS 510 Global Health Modules: Malaria, because we got to learn in-depth about one disease the whole semester and use that as a basis to learn about other diseases. Even though this disease isn’t common in the U.S., it’s a leading cause of death in other countries and thus it was interesting getting to dive deeper into what it is, and how to prevent and treat it.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

The professors and staff are all here to help you. They truly want to see you succeed—so don’t be scared to ask them questions, and for advice.

What are you planning to do after graduation?

I will take 2 gap-years and work in a urology clinic while studying for my MCAT and apply to medical school.