Cyrus Elahi, a third-year student at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, was recently accepted to the Duke University Global Health Institute’s Master of Science in Global Health (MSc-GH) program.
“I am intrigued by the unique challenges present in international health and the interdisciplinary approach needed to arrive at sustainable solutions,” Elahi said. “My interest in international health is rooted in the unmet need within the field.”
The prospective neurosurgery resident is completing the global health program mid-medical degree with the goal of enhancing his skill set to maximize his time as a resident.
“The Duke program allows me to complete neurosurgery research while increasing my exposure to the field with neurosurgery didactics and clinic time. My hope is this training makes me a more seasoned neurosurgery applicant that can positively contribute to a residency program starting my intern year,” Elahi said.
Elahi is a native of Plano, Texas. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas Christian University and began his medical training at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) in 2014.
The MS3 credits TTUHSC El Paso’s unique location on the U.S.-Mexico border and the PLFSOM’s emphasis on research in the first and second years of the program with preparing him for pursuing the MSc-GH.
“The city of El Paso has an international health-like environment, presenting challenges similar to those seen abroad: language barriers, cultural differences, funding constraints, transportation difficulties, etc.,” Elahi said. “My first experience in international health was made possible by TTUHSC El Paso. By studying here, I am improving my understanding of barriers innate to providing health care to under-served patient populations.”
Elahi will complete his Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) in 2020. He begins the 24-month MSc-GH program later this year.