As an MD/MBA candidate, Med 3 student Rajiv Mallipudi
was selected to take part in the Fisher College of
Business GAP (Global Applied Project) opportunity.
Although he was delighted at the prospect of working
on a real-world project in an immersive international
experience, none of the offered projects involved
“Because it was important to me to honor my career
aspirations in medicine, I was told that – if I could find
a company that would fully fund our entire team of six
MBA students – I could create a unique experience,”
says Mallipudi. After meeting with several College of
Medicine mentors, he was put in touch with Desmond
Thio, MD, president of Philips Healthcare Greater China.
An alumnus of OSU College of Public Health, Dr. Thio
hired Mallipudi and the team.
Mallipudi served as project manager of the team
that spent several weeks in Shanghai, mapping out
“patient touch points” – from diagnosis to purchase of an
obstructive sleep apnea device – with the goal of raising
consumer awareness of Philips’ products. They also
explored ways to expand Philips’ COPD solutions in China.
“I learned so much, not only about the value of the
considerable OSU network globally and the vast
disparities in access to care around the world, but also
that leading a project is less about managing details and
more about leading and inspiring people,” he adds.
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Med 3 student Rajiv Mallipudi takes a much-needed break from his
Global Applied Project responsibilities to perch atop a section of the
Great Wall of China in a secluded, remote area outside Beijing.
Med 4 student Danny Francescon traveled in 2013 to Honduras
for an Advanced Competency experience though PODEMOS
(Partnership for Ongoing Development and Education and Medical
Outreach), a student-led organization supported by the OSU Office
of Global Health.
“In Spanish, PODEMOS means ‘we can,’ and our group of seven then-rising Med 3 students, along with Dr. Bryan Martin and volunteers,
helped many during the four-week program,” says Francescon.
In partnership with the medical school of the National Autonomous
University of Honduras, the Honduran Association for the Fight
against Cancer and Montana de Luz (an orphanage for children
affected by HIV), students extended learning in specific disciplines with
opportunities to problem solve and understand how health professionals
in a resource-scarce environment can provide good care.
“I was surprised to observe treatments not often used in the United
States and happy to see HIV-infected children thriving. Home visits
were an important part of our cultural learning, and it was great to
see quality-of-life improvements through the provision of common
medications,” he adds.
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Med 4 student Danny Francescon performs an ultrasound examination for an
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