In 2005, Minal Ahson graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelors of arts and a bachelors of science, while achieving general honors and departmental honors in Religious Studies. She is a 2010 candidate for a Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has done extensive research in many fields, including traveling to Tanzania to conduct firsthand research on the HIV situation. Minal has had her experiences published in magazines and presented posters at conferences.
Minal is very well rounded. Her service and involvement is extensive and includes leadership positions in many organizations. Minal has been a Resident Advisor, President of the Islamic Society of UM, Chair of UM Alternative Breaks, and Vice President of Student Government. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her involvement.
Throughout medical school, Minal has continued her service and leadership. Minal helped establish the Department of Community Service at the Florida Atlantic University regional campus of UMMSM. She also served as President of her Freshman and Sophomore Class.
Minal has also been to many different countries to provide aid. She traveled to Haiti and the Dominican Republic with NGOs dedicated to providing medical care and follow up to underserved regions of those countries While there, she participated in mobile clinics, examining patients and distributing medications (under supervision of US doctors), while educating the local community about healthcare and public health issues. She has also done two projects in Pakistan. She visited earthquake and poverty devastated areas with Human Development Foundation, an NGO dedicated to social, health, and educational advancement of rural Pakistan. She then returned to the US to actively raise funds for the cause. Minal also participated in the International Youth Leadership Conference in Rawalpindi, which aims to empower and develop leadership in young people.
Minal hopes to use her medical and public health training to work in underserved populations to improve development and sustainability at both an individual and community level.
Do you know a distinguished student who would make an interesting subject for the Spotlight section of our website? Please e-mail suggestions along with your name, address, and daytime/evening phone numbers to email@example.com (subject line: Spotlight).