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Meet Emily Gifford, Zoology
"To whom much is given, much is required" — that's how Emily Gifford explains her commitment to serve. The future physician volunteered countless hours with patients at the Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic and worked to improve diabetes education while at NC State. "I have been given incredible resources, and I have a responsibility to use that to help others," she says.
As an undergraduate, Emily worked with the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences doing E. Coli research. She also joined with the Diabetes Care and Risk Reduction Program which focuses on education, using group classes and individual counseling to improve the health of diabetic patients. Emily trained with other educators and taught classes in diabetes basics. Seeing a need, she even worked to supply a lot of the teaching materials now in use.
"I realized that the program lacked materials that would really add to the classes," she says. "So I obtained a grant to purchase items like fat and muscle models, and Latin American food models for our Hispanic patients, so they can learn about proper foods and portion sizes."
Emily is now enrolled in a dual M.D. and master's of Public Health program at UNC Chapel Hill, where she focuses on maternal and children's health issues. "I am particularly interested in helping to found a clinic like the Open Door Clinic," she says, while noting that such a goal might be "many years away." "In the meantime, I hope to learn as much as possible about how to give the best care possible to the people that have the least." (Taken from a Park Scholarships profile: http://www.ncsu.edu/park-scholarships/profiles/emily.php)
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Former Zoology student & Park Scholar Emily Gifford featured