Stanford University School of Medicine students created the Organization for Global Health (OGH) to increase awareness of international health issues by educating at home and assisting abroad.
OGH students facilitate participation in issues surrounding international health through travel fellowships and NGO networking. They also stimulate passion and interest in global health through tangible community-initiated, community-centered projects abroad.
Whether helping devise new preventive strategies, gaining hands-on clinical experience or conducting field research, members of OGH are advocates for improved health care worldwide.
Vaibhavi is a second year medical student at Stanford University. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2021 with degrees in Biological Engineering and Science, Technology, and Society. During her time at MIT she was on the executive board of GlobeMED, where she became interested in global health, particularly in the context of HIV/AIDS outreach and education. Vaibhavi hopes to expand on this background in global health through the field of surgery during her time at Stanford.Contact Vaibhavi Shah
Christina Raines is a second year in the Physician Assistant program. She’s worked in education and health care in countries in Europe, SE Asia, the Middle East, and Africa over the past decade. She hopes to continue to work in disaster relief and with refugee populations overseas upon graduating from Stanford. She aspires to use her position in OGH to resource other students–particularly fellow PA students–to accomplish good work in global health.Contact Christina Raines
Medical Student | Co-Chair of the Organization for Global Health
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, and moved to the United States for college in 2014. While in college, I studied Medical Anthropology and Global Health and conducted my senior honors thesis on the ethnography of a cancer ward in Kenya’s main public hospital. As a medical student, I am interested in exploring issues of post-colonial African healthcare systems and spent the summer after my first year working with Global Oncology on a cervical cancer education project in Kenya.
Mohamed Elzarka is a 3rd year MD student at Stanford University, originally from Cincinnati, OH. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati (UC) with bachelor’s degrees in neurobiology and liberal arts, and with a master’s degree in public health. Mohamed is passionate about global health, especially for communities affected by war or conflict. As an undergraduate, he pursued global health experiences in Guatemala, South Africa, Botswana, and Thailand. During his master’s degree, he spent a year in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, investigating post-conflict trauma, mental healthcare infrastructure, and psychosocial support services. As a medical student, Mohamed has worked with Dr. Geoff Tabin to explore the economic return on investment for cataract surgeries performed in Ghana and Ethiopia. He is excited to connect with students who might have an interest in global health and serve as a resource to them!Contact Mohamed Elzarka