Fatima Shaba

Driven to Serve Underserved Communities

October 26, 2022

Launched in 2020, the Mobile Health Initiative (MHI) includes U of M faculty and students who volunteer their time to partner with community-based organizations, and local and federal governmental agencies to improve health equity in our communities.

Meet Fatima Shaba, a second year medical student who volunteers for the U's Mobile Health Initiative:

What interests you in mobile health?
What interests me about mobile health is its involvement with communities that have less access to medical care. Working with these communities with MHI is rewarding because it helps me meet patients where they're at-eliminating barriers to care including money, distance, and language. 
Why did you pursue this learning experience? 
I pursued this learning experience because I heard of many friends within the Medical School community that had a positive experience with MHI and who appreciated providing medical care to the underserved population.
What do you hope to learn through this training?
I hope to learn ways to cross cultural barriers so that I'm being sensitive to patients' needs.
What has your experience been like so far?
My experience so far has been phenomenal and incredibly rewarding. I hope to continue working with MHI for many years into the future.
What are your career plans?
My career plans are to finish my medical education and go onto serving underserved communities within medicine. 

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