Stanford University
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Stanford-NBC News Fellow in Media and Global Health 2012-2013

kkrohnKristina Krohn graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in biology and completed her medical school training at the University of Minnesota Medical School.  Currently, she is a second-year Internal Medicine and Pediatrics resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School. She will be taking a year off to participate in this Fellowship and will resume with residency in the summer of 2013.

As a medical student, she worked in Uganda at Mulago Hospital where she researched Cryptococcus, a fungus that kills many people with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. She also studied at Hospital Nossa Senhor das Graças, in Curitiba, Brazil.  A piece she wrote while in Brazil was featured in the collection, “Becoming a Doctor: Reflections by Minnesota Medical Students”.  As an intern, Kristina earned her Certification in Tropical Medicine (CTropMed®) from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She put this knowledge to good use by creating a question database that is currently being adapted for use in an online course in tropical medicine for medical providers.  Kristina continues to work in global health by treating refugees from all over the world at Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Center for International Health.

As the 2012 – 2013 Stanford – NBC News Global Health and Media Fellow, Kristina hopes to improve her journalism skills and ability to be an advocate for global health issues. She has a variety of causes that she is passionate about, including promoting continued work towards malaria eradication, furthering the understanding of the ethics involved in global health training, and investigating the relationship between drug companies, drug shortages, locally made generic medications and drug safety.

Kristina’s career goals are wide and varied, but revolve around her desire  to work in medical education internationally, specifically supporting the establishment of infrastructure and local knowledge bases to improve people’s ability to maintain their own health and access appropriate care when needed.

Kristina speaks Spanish, Portuguese and German. She enjoys rock climbing, biking and ballroom dancing.


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