Paula Njeru

Njeru, who completed her MS-GH in 2022, functions as a research scholar with the Duke Division of Global Neurosurgery and Neurology (DGNN). Qualified as a clinical physician at Kenyatta College in Nairobi, Kenya, she worked as a standard practitioner in Kenya for 2 decades prior to moving to the United States for her master’s degree. 

How was your changeover to doing the job with DGNN?

I commenced performing with the division a week right after graduating, a changeover that was sleek for me. I relished the function that I did with my exploration team as a master’s university student, and this enthusiastic me to remain guiding and be part of the crew. I was involved with them as a investigate assistant, in which I worked on epilepsy capability in Uganda. The continuity, familiarity and assistance from the group designed the changeover seamless, nevertheless with a large amount extra duties. 

 What adjustments have you viewed in DGHI from when you ended up a college student?

The modern cultural working day (a DGHI group celebration in tumble 2023) has enabled us to realize our roots as associates of a extremely varied school. This is some thing that we recommended as pupils, and it is appealing to see it materialize.  Also, the thermostat location is appreciably higher, and so the setting up is not as cold as it was in past winters. 

What is the finest obstacle of performing for the similar university where by you researched?

Matters can get into a repetitive routine, as most issues are not new. Holding the momentum and fireplace burning can be a obstacle as I am however working on projects that we had been handling with the crew when I was a analysis assistant. I uncover my supply of inspiration from my great crew and also preserving my eyes on the prize and the targets that I want to reach. 

 Is there a challenge you are doing the job on that you are specially very pleased of?

We are at the moment doing the job to generate an software in Uganda for adolescents with epilepsy. This is likely to be a task for Ugandans by Ugandans, producing it culturally related. This is a system that is going to disseminate info and to attempt to struggle the stigma involved with epilepsy. 

How have you taken gain of prospects for advancement and professional enhancement?

I am at the moment enterprise a limited class on equity and range pertaining to overall health equity research. This is an chance presented to the staff members associates at the faculty. I am also seeking at the prospects in the innovation lab that could aid me make my coding skills. In addition to this, I have made use of LinkedIn Understanding and Coursera way too when I need to master a skill, and Duke delivers a subscription for that. 

 What is a enjoyment simple fact about you?

 I like informal studying and I love the occasional hike.