Ms. Paula Escott, a senior public health science major at the University of Maryland, received a Fulbright grant to fund a nine-month stay in Argentina, where she will research how telemedicine services can improve access to pediatric healthcare.
Ms. Escott will travel to Hospital Juan P. Garrahan in Buenos Aires next February to study how the hospital’s telehealth system provides consultations on complex cases to a network of hospitals in 21 Argentinian provinces where medical care is more limited.
She will interview doctors, administrators, psychologists and social workers both at Hospital Garrahan and at one of its partner hospitals in Jujuy, a province in northwest Argentina where the program was first piloted, to understand how the telemedicine system works and how it builds connections between doctors and administrators in disparate regions.
Hospital Garrahan’s system can serve as an important case study for the United States, demonstrating how to efficiently distribute specialized medical care, particularly to rural areas, Ms. Escott says.
Ms. Escott’s project stems from the semester she spent in Argentina last spring studying public health in urban environments and interning at Hospital Garrahan.
In addition to her public health studies, Ms. Escott is working toward a minor in Spanish and has participated in the four-year University Honors Program through the Honors College. She serves as a research assistant for Dr. Neil Sehgal, an assistant professor of health policy and management in the University of Maryland School of Public Health, and has previously interned with Verizon Health and Wellness and St. Luke’s University Health Network.
She plans to earn her master’s in public health before pursuing a career in health policy and administration.Tags: Friday Letter Submission