Anusha Jayaram is a 4th year MD/MBA candidate and soon to be graduate at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Born in Singapore, raised in Australia, and attending high school in Ohio, she went on to attend New York University for a BA in Anthropology. In college she competed on the Tae Kwon Do team, was a Resident Assistant to first year students, and spent a summer working at a public clinic in Peru. After NYU, she worked for two years as a clinical research assistant at the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and served as an Emergency Department advocate for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. In medical school she pursued her interest in public health and surgery through a commitment to global surgery research, education, and advocacy. She served first as the Vice-President for Research and then the National Co-Chair for the Global Surgery Student Alliance, supporting students and trainees interested in global surgery. She also spent a year as a Paul Farmer Global Surgery Research Associate at the Harvard Program for Global Surgery and Social Change working on projects on global trauma, access to blood, financial risk protection, and anti-racism and equity. She served as a Regional Lead and Junior Advisor for the Gender Equity Initiative in Global Surgery and on the advocacy committee for the Association for Academic Global Surgery. In 2022, Anusha has been recognized for her global health work through the Consortium of Universities for Global Health receiving the Dr. Judy Wasserheit Young Leader award and her work in global surgery education through the Association for Surgical Education with the Promising Medical Student Surgery Education Research Award. Anusha will be beginning her training in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston this June, where she hopes to continue her work in global surgery.
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