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Date: 2015-11-19
Title: Global Intern on Track for Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Our Global Division 2015 summer intern Getrude Makurumidze, a senior at Bryn Mawr College, was selected as a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship by the Zimbabwe Rhodes Scholarship committee. The Rhodes scholarship is one of oldest and most prestigious international fellowships that enables graduate study at the University of Oxford for two to three years.

This summer, Getrude worked as a Research Assistant in the Division, where she conducted literature reviews for barriers in accessing mental health care services faced by African immigrants and other immigrant populations, performed grants searches, and participated in drafting research protocols to test the effectiveness of antipsychotic medication. She worked directly with patients in the Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program and took their vital signs during clinical visits. She also got to shadow doctors during outpatient infectious disease psychiatry consultations, observe medical assessments, and became certified in phlebotomy. In addition, Getrude contributed to “Needs Assessment and Perspectives of Residents at Harvard Medical School”, a project led by Dr. Hermi Lokko that required her to code and analyze quantitative data in order to look for significant outcomes.

Through her journey in clinical research and psychiatry, Getrude says she has “learned the importance of integrating mental health services into clinical settings, the structure of clinical trials, and the need to build capacity in areas lacking mental health services.” Getrude is also passionate about HIV research and palliative care. In the future, she plans to attend medical school and hopes to develop a global oriented practice that would allow her to conduct HIV research and maintain a clinical practice in psychiatry.

Getrude is originally from Kwekwe, Zimbabwe, but has been living in the US for the past three years while attending Bryn Mawr College.