About the Interns

As part of our mission to advance the next generation of physicians, KEDU interns are trainees that will contribute to KEDU’s efforts while being directly mentored by the leadership team. These are highly motivated, high-achieving individuals who have demonstrated passion around efforts that align with KEDU’s mission.

Barbara Odac, MD

Graduate of Kenyatta University School of Medicine, Nairobi, Kenya

Barbara Odac, MD, a graduate of Kenyatta University School of Medicine, Nairobi, Kenya and current KEDU Intern. She has a great passion for global health as well as clinical research and this has seen her participate in studies ranging from reproductive health, gastroenterology, as well as rapid oral HIV testing in Africa.

Dr. Christine Ngaruiya, MD, MSc, DTM&H

Creator and Founder

is Assistant Professor in the Section of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) at Yale University. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Nebraska, and residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed a fellowship in Global Health in the DEM at Yale in 2015, at the same time matriculating with a Master of Science in Tropical Medicine and International Health, and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests center on: Non- communicable Diseases (NCDs), barriers to care, community-based interventions and ethics in clinical practice with a particular focus on Africa.

She has worked on several collaborative projects with organizations in East Africa including Kenya, Uganda, and Somalia, having worked with KEMRI-Wellcome Trust, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), Africa Mental Health Foundation (Nairobi), and is currently funded by a USAID grant doing work on food security in East Africa.Her current work includes partnership with Ministry of Health collaborators in Kenya targeting NCDs. Her past professional work has focused on health disparities amongst minority populations in the U.S. (including refugees) and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) including founding the service learning program “Bridge to Care” in Nebraska, one of the largest refugee resettlement states in the U.S., that has reached over 5,000 refugees and won multiple accolades since its inception in 2010.

Some past honors include: the Emergency Medicine Resident’s Association (EMRA) Augustine D’Orta Award, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Associate and Harambe Pfizer Fellow Award, in addition to being selected the 2016 Outstanding International Alumnus by the Nebraska Alumni Association. Amongst former positions, she also served as a career services intern, mentoring trainees across the spectrum on the job search, and continues to do so in her role as faculty at Yale.

She has held several national leadership positions including with: the American Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine’s (SAEM) Global Emergency Medicine Academy and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH)-Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC)-Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) Trainee Conference and Advisory Committee, and has lectured both nationally and internationally on topics related to NCDs. She is a member and regular contributor to the Young People’s Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) and the U.S. Investigators’ Global NCD Research Network Steering Committee. Additionally, she served on the Research Symposium Committee for the African Congress on Emergency Medicine in 2014, and is on the Scientific Research Committee for 2016.

For more information about Dr. Ngaruiya, you can find her Linkedin profile here.
In addition to joining faculty in the DEM in 2015, she was also selected as one of twenty Yale Public Voice Fellows for 2015-2016 from across campus with publications in a variety of outlets such as Time, Huffington Post, The Hill, among others.

Caroline Muriuki

Fourth Year at Saint James School of Medicine

Caroline Wanjiru Muriuki is a fourth (4th) year medical student at Saint James School of Medicine located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. She attended the first two years of Medical School in the Caribbean (Saint Vincent and the Grenadines) after which she sat for the USMLE Step One exam before relocating to Chicago, Illinois for core clerkships and electives.

She was born and raised in Kenya and immigrated with her family to Dallas, Tx in 2011. Her roots in medicine began back in Kenya when she accompanied my mother to her job as a nurse or went to visit her during her work hours (her excuse was to bring her food). Her mother worked at a General Hospital close to their home. She observed firsthand patients from different villages pouring into the hospital for care as this was the largest hospital in the area. She had the opportunity at a very young age to visit different wards and familiarize herself with different diseases like Malaria, Typhoid, Tuberculosis, Trauma, & HIV. The ratio of doctors to patients at this hospital was 1:60. She knew then, that her goal was to be a doctor and preferably in the primary care field. As she did her clerkships in 2020, the COVID19 pandemic further catapulted her decision on pursuing the primary care field. She had the privilege of continuing her medical rotations despite the lockdown and witnessed the deterioration of patients, and the need for more healthcare providers to help at these times of crisis.
Outside of medicine, she enjoys kayaking, watching movies, taking pictures & videos, and meditating through yoga. She hopes to be part of KEDU to help promote health, offer guidance and motivation to those hoping to pursue medicine, especially to those of Kenyan origin in the diaspora. She also hopes to gain knowledge, form professional relationships, and get guidance & support on her future journey as a physician.

Ivy Mageto

Medical Student at The University of Medicine and Health Sciences

Ivy was born in Mombasa, Kenya and currently resides in Vancouver, Canada. She will be starting her medical journey at the University of Medical and Health Sciences, St. Kitts in the Caribbean. She has a passion for global health and hopes to eventually make an impact in both the Kenyan and Canadian healthcare system.

Jane Kiplagat

Final Year Medical Student at Kenyatta University School of Medicine

Jane Kiplagat is a final year undergraduate student in Kenyatta University School of Medicine, Nairobi Kenya. She is very passionate about alleviating suffering through quality health care. She has volunteered in various medical camps under the Kenya Red Cross, the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF-K) and has taken part in training involving sexual and reproductive health. She did her medical electives at Tenwek Mission Hospital which reaffirmed her interest in pursuing a career in surgery. She enjoys singing, cooking, and reading in her leisure time.

Steven Akach

Final Year MBChB, Moi University School of Medicine, Eldoret, Kenya.

Steve is a final year medical student at Moi University School of Medicine in Eldoret. Steve grew up in Kenya, sat both his KCPE and KCSE exams in Kenya through the 8-4-4 curriculum, before joining Moi University School of Medicine to pursue an undergraduate degree in Medicine and Surgery. While looking forward to his graduation, Steve has participated in research projects, helping out with individual and group research projects. He has also participated in community impact creation through SCORA and BSI. Steve while in med school has organized several successful free medical camps to help in impact creation at the community level. Steve, therefore, brings these achievements and energy to KEDU, and ultimately learn from this potent pool of experienced leaders and team members. Steve loves music and does music covers for fun and glad to intern at KEDU.

Victor Emmanuel Ogola

Final-year medical student at Moi University School of Medicine, Eldoret, Kenya.

Victor is a soon-to-be medical doctor who is passionate about global health and epidemiology. He is well vested in medical research as a form of contributing towards evidence-based practices in healthcare. Victor is a mental health advocate and has been involved in several sensitization programs in Kenya to change the community’s perception and understanding of mental health illnesses, especially among Kenyan men. He is passionate about networking with other healthcare professionals across the globe, capacity building, and value addition. Victor is a highly self-motivated individual who is results-oriented.

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