Emory Report

May 18, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 32

Ginsburg, Budnitz share
degrees but differ on approach

For most students, the intensive work required to earn back-to-back professional degrees presents more than enough challenges. But two of this year's joint degree recipients in medicine and public health have also sought out a variety of extra-curricular educational adventures.

MD/MPH graduates Amy Ginsburg and Daniel Budnitz both were attracted to Emory by its joint degree programs at the School of Medicine and the Rollins School of Public Health and by the opportunities offered for learning outside the classroom. Both hope to improve the health of individuals as well as larger population groups. Beyond those similarities, however, they have approached their educations in quite diverse ways.

Since graduating from Cornell University in 1993, Ginsburg, who is originally from Syracuse, N.Y., has used her skills and interests to pursue world travel as a public health student and facilitator. Between college and medical school, she lived for a year in a repatriated community in the Ixcan jungle of Guatemala, working with the Doctors of the World volunteer group and assisting Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu with a conference on indigenous peoples.

After her first year of medical school, Ginsburg worked with the Carter Center's Global 2000 program in Nigeria on the guinea worm eradication project. She spent another summer in Haiti with CDC researchers studying lymphatic filariasis, the disease that causes elephantiasis.

At commencement Ginsburg received the prestigious Bolton Service Award for her volunteer work outside of Emory. She begins an internship at the University of Washington this summer and plans to become an infectious disease specialist in public health.

After graduating from DeKalb County's Lakeside High School and majoring in political science at Harvard, Daniel Budnitz decided to combine his medical training with education in public health policy, both at Emory. After his first year of medical school he joined the National Health Service Corps for a summer internship on health promotion and disease prevention in a Grady Health System satellite clinic and at an Atlanta Boys and Girls Club, where he created a health promotion curriculum for young teenagers.

Along with fellow student Faye Mazo Evans, Budnitz founded the medical school's highly successful student-run HOPE program (Health Outreach Program at Emory) his second year, which involves more than 100 medical students in volunteer outreach health promotion projects for underserved Atlanta populations. Budnitz and Evans each received the Gaston Service Scholarship during medical school for their volunteer work outside the university.

After a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Budnitz plans to combine clinical care with health care policy research.

-Holly Korschun

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