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Abhilash Suresh is a BS candidate in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering (2018), who worked with Drs. Akshay Gupte and Shri Vijay Bala Yogendra Shivakumar on the C-TRIUMPH substudy on Residual Respiratory Impairment Following Pulmonary Tuberculosis. During May and June 2016 he conducted a field placement in Chennai, India, at the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis where he worked under Dr. Shivakumar.
From Mr. Suresh's Field Report:
This placement opened my eyes to how healthcare works in other countries, and how government institutions work in other countries. The process is nothing like the US, and many times, people without money or resources do not receive the same standard of healthcare that we take for granted here in the US. I believe these kinds of studies, such as C-TRIUMPH, are extremely important in helping these populations, in addition to contributing to find a cure for the disease that would benefit everyone. I would love to stay involved in this study, and get involved in others like it, and do some work in the public health and global health fields of study. My goal is to one day be a doctor, and with my medical degree, hopefully I could contribute a lot more to these causes and to the people they serve.