Nina Gummadi heads to India as Fulbright Scholar
Nina Gummadi of Suwanee, GA, now a third-year medical student at Boston University, has won a Fulbright Scholar Award to India. She aims to characterize mental health issues, as well as barriers to mental health care, in parentless children in South India. The project will provide a basis on which screening protocols and interventions can be built for this at-risk population to assist with early detection and treatment that will foster healthy, productive members of the community. She has partnered with HEAL (Health and Education for All) for her project. This organization runs an orphanage in Thotapalli, where it provides shelter, education, healthcare, and support to over 1,000 children. Prior to medical school, she co-founded a service learning group to provide nonpharmacologic care to infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. She has served in leadership and educational roles, and plans to pursue pediatrics.
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Nina says, "I was born and raised in the metro-Atlanta area. I lived in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh for four years between ages 10-14 with my grandparents, and am excited to be going back to give back to the community and spend time with family that I grew close to in those years.
I attended Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA. I was accepted to a seven-year BA/MD program at Boston University and am currently in my third year of medical school here. In undergrad, I was inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, an honors society for liberal arts and sciences. Prior to medical school, I was involved in social determinants of health research and interned with Doctors without Borders at the Access Campaign in Geneva, Switzerland. In medical school, I co-founded a service learning group to provide non-pharmacologic care to infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. I have also served on leadership for the Pediatrics Education & Development Society and PumpStart, a group that teaches community CPR to Boston city high schoolers."
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