Episode 18: Gold Student Summer Fellowship: Understanding Barriers to Early Antenatal Care in Rural Georgia

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In Episode 18, we continue our series of conversations with Gold Student Summer Fellows who each embarked on a summer research or service project to magnify humanism in healthcare and help address health inequities. These are fascinating projects created by medical students to make a difference and grow their skills as future compassionate, relationship-centered physicians.

In this episode, Gold Assistant Director of Program Initiatives Michelle Sloane interviews Preethi Reddi, who is a 2022 Gold Student Summer Fellow and a medical student at the Medical College of Georgia. Through her research project titled, “A Community-Based Approach to Addressing the Rural Georgia Maternal Health Crisis by Understanding Barriers to Early Antenatal Care,” Preethi surveyed pregnant women in Brunswick, Georgia, a rural coastal community, to learn about barriers to antenatal care. She is working on developing interventions to help alleviate these barriers.

Preethi Reddi, 2022 Gold Student Summer Fellow and medical student at Medical College of Georgia. Preethi grew up in rural Iowa, where she developed a passion for health promotion and advocacy by seeing first-hand the impact healthcare professionals made in her community. As an undergraduate at Emory University, she conducted research through the Grady Trauma Project, which studies the impacts of stress, trauma, and resilience factors on health outcomes. She also spent a summer in London studying the British National Health Service. Preethi hopes to eventually make an impact on community health just like the physicians in her hometown, including her own mom.


Show notes

Gold Student Summer Fellowships

17 medical students named 2022 Gold Student Summer Fellows

Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Transcript coming soon!