Sami Chau - MSGM '13
Sami Chau’s passion for helping the impoverished was apparent throughout her time as a Global Medicine clinical track student. Sami took courses that taught her to have a cultural understanding of individuals, such as MEDS 516: Cultural Competence in Health and Medicine and MEDS 525: Global Mental Health. She went on to apply the knowledge she gained from these classes to a real-time setting: Sami worked closely with the homeless population in downtown Los Angeles at the Downtown Women’s Center, a shelter that provides food, housing, and educational classes to women in need. After graduating from the program in 2013, Sami joined the Global Medicine staff as the Program Assistant. Her work focused primarily on helping progressive degree students like herself, ensuring a smooth transition between their undergraduate and graduate courses. In August 2015, she chose to pursue her medical education at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. As a medical student, Sami again demonstrated her passion for helping the underserved when she applied for and received the Dhablania and Kim Fellowship. This research grant was awarded to students who seek to address global health issues internationally. Sami’s project brought her to the archipelago of Bocas del Toro, Panama, where, through a partnership with the non-profit organization Floating Doctors, she conducted a health assessment of maternal and child health of the indigenous Ngobe population. Working with this community, which seldom receives healthcare due to lack of access, Sami was able to further her cross-cultural understanding and hone in on the skills she learned through the Global Medicine program. In addition to her service work, Sami became involved in the Keck Medical Student Curriculum board, where she actively provided input to improve the medical education curriculum for future medical students. She continues to do so as a second year medical student while she prepares to take her Step 1 portion of the United States Medical Licensing Exam at the end of the school year.