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Reach-the-World Fellowship Recipient Q & A: Daniella Mussio, Nigeria

Three recipients of the ISTH Reach-the-World program were announced in the February ISTH e-newsletter. Ms. Julia Etulain (Argentina), Dr. Helen C. Okoye (Nigeria) and Dr. Daniella Mussio (Uruguay) were selected to receive fellowships for 2014. In this newsletter, Dr. Daniella Mussio shared her thoughts on receiving the fellowship and plans on future research. She will be doing her fellowship in Hospital de Vall d Hebron, Barcelona, Spain.

Applications for the program are accepted June 1 and January 1 of each year. Click here to learn more and apply! The ISTH Reach-the-World fellowship program is supported in part thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from Bayer Healthcare.

Three recipients of the ISTH Reach-the-World 2014 fellowship were recently announced. They included: Ms. Julia Etulain (Argentina), Dr. Helen C. Okoye (Nigeria) and Dr. Daniella Mussio (Uruguay). To learn more about Ms. Julia Etulain and Dr. Helen C. Okoye, click here.

1) Please describe your motivation for applying for an ISTH Reach-the-World fellowship (i.e. improve your research skills, improve healthcare in your community):

Since I initiated my residency in 2012, I have been interested in thrombosis and hemostasis, especially in the area of pregnancy and puerperium. I regularly participate in the High Obstetric Risk Service in our hospital where pregnant patients with thrombophilia attend. I am especially interested in continuing my studies in this area.

2) Please describe how the fellowship will help improve your skills/knowledge as a physician/researcher/clinician:

Uruguay doesn´t have a well-organized way to sub-specialize in the thrombosis and hemostasis area as it does for the hemato-oncological one. This is the main reason I decided to apply for this fellowship. Additionally, this fellowship will provide me with better clinical expertise and will improve my knowledge in diagnosis and therapeutic management of thrombosis and hemostasis patients.

3) What are you most excited about as you prepare for your fellowship?

Currently the Hematology Service, Clinical Hospital, School of Medicine, is the only institution offering training in the specialty of hematology in Uruguay. It is very important for us to have young medical doctors trained in the thrombosis and hemostasis field capable to promote knowledge and to start research projects in this area, for this reason I’m excited to study in Spain at Hospital de Vall d Hebron and bring knowledge back to my home institution.

The ISTH Reach-the-World Fellowship program aims to promote knowledge and expertise in one or all of the areas of medical care, laboratory methods and/or research. As part of the program, the Society provides fellows with financial support for travel, accommodation and living expenses for a fellowship period of up to four months.

In addition to the Reach-the-World Fellowship program and as part of the full suite of ISTH’s Reach-the-World offerings, individuals from developing countries may qualify to receive discounted or free Society membership, travel grant opportunities, support for educational courses and the opportunity to participate actively in the global exchange of scientific and clinical information, regardless of where they live. To learn more about the ISTH Reach-the-World program, please click here.

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