Prior Trainee: Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS

Dr. Joanna Hellmuth with a patient in Haiti

Joanna Hellmuth, MD, MHS
UCSF Neurology Residency Class of 2014

Current position: Assistant Professor, UCSF Department of Neurology
Global health site: Partners in Health's  Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais, Haiti  
Total time in country: Six months

The ideal global health project prioritizes the goals of local providers, as opposed to serving your own experience.”

How did you spend your time? I worked alongside local healthcare providers to build their skills for managing neurologic disorders.

Advice to trainees interested in global neurology: Learn the language, culture, and customs of local providers and patients. Meet them where they are, as opposed to expecting them to accommodate you and your worldview.