Public Health Capstone Takes Medical Student to Guatemala

By Brett Mauser
July 22, 2015

Capsone-Research-GuatemalaAmanda-Lynn Marshall, MPH SGU ’12, is the picture of determination. She demonstrated so as an advocate for children with craniofacial anomalies even before arriving at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). She showed it in her Capstone Project topic, which sought to investigate why children in remote Guatemala faced similar adversities. But she likely validated it the most when it came to her recovery from a devastating automobile accident that happened shortly before she was slated to go to Guatemala and left her seriously injured and facing multiple surgeries. A year later, Marshall is now getting back on track.

When she started as a medical student, Marshall met Beaumont pediatrician and faculty member Jay Eastman, M.D., through a mutual interest in global health and a shared connection with Rotary International. Marshall had already earned an MPH in environmental health and toxicology as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Grenada where she focused on craniofacial anomalies. As director of Casa Colibri, a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the Mayan people of Guatemala, Eastman presented Marshall with a case series regarding a specific neural tube defect prevalent to children born in a remote region of Guatemala.

Read more by visiting the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine website.

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