Student Corner: Alicia Lay

July 1, 2012

Alicia Lay
Alicia Lay
  • Fourth-year medical student

If Baylor College of Medicine fourth-year medical student Alicia Lay had to write a "how I spent my summer vacation" paper, she would have a lot to say.

Lay, who is also pursuing a master's in public health through BCM's dual degree program with The University of Texas School of Public Health, is spending 10 weeks of her summer in Iraq through the Preemptive Love Coalition, a charity dedicated to eradicating a backlog of more than 30,000 Iraqi children waiting for lifesaving heart surgery.

She will work with children with congenital heart disease in Northern Iraq. In her first week, she was a part of an incidence study in the city of Dohuk. Although there have been reports of high rates of congenital heart defects in Iraq, there are few published in peer-reviewed journals. Lay worked alongside a pediatric cardiologist to screen every newborn born in Azadi Teaching Hospital.

Lay is also an active member of the Global Health Track at BCM and plans to pursue a residency in general surgery.

To follow Lay's journey throughout her internship in Iraq, visit her blog.