Julian Hirschbaum, a fourth-year student at A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, was recently named one of 14 international winners of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research Student Projects for Health competition, recognizing students who have made outstanding contributions to community health projects.
This summer, Mr. Hirschbaum, 28, will travel to rural Peru for the fourth time, where he provides medical education to indigenous communities along the Amazon River. He works with MGY, a student-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health systems in underserved areas, according to a press release.
“This program has been one of my passions in medical school,” Mr. Hirschbaum said in the release. “It drives me to become a doctor to support communities that would not otherwise have access to sustainable health care.”
As a winner of the FAIMER Student Projects for Health competition, Mr. Hirschbaum has been invited to attend the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health April 8-12 in Tunisia. At the conference, Mr. Hirschbaum and other student winners will mingle with influential healthcare leaders, according to the release.
Mr. Hirschbaum hopes the award will call attention to MGY’s work and inspire others to develop sustainable global health solutions. He is thrilled to be in the company of future leaders of the field. “It is such an incredible opportunity to be able to present and learn from other students who are doing equally incredible work,” he said in the release.
In the fall, Mr. Hirschbaum will begin his residency. He’s not sure what the future holds, but he hopes to continue his work in education and global health. Wherever he goes, he plans to carry out ATSU’s mission by serving the underserved, and hopes aspiring medical students will embrace this mindset, according to the release.
“I’m very grateful for the support that I’ve received at ATSU,” he said in the release. “I encourage people to step outside their comfort zones and take opportunities to see things from a new perspective. Whether it’s locally or globally, seek out opportunities to serve.”