I choose to pick this intersection of applied medical anthropology because I believe it is one of the applied medical anthropology intersections that has the largest impact on health as a whole since global health issues effect everyone no matter where they reside. Global health is a powerful tool in medical research because it can allow people to communicate ideas about healing across great distances and introduces medical technologies into local communities that need them. It deeply applies to my personal interests and future career since I strive to become a physicians assistant in an effort to positively impact ones health through the use of my medical intervention and knowledge. I would love to travel to a different country and help combat illnesses in other areas. I think global health really emphasizes the spread of knowledge, and the medical technologies we posses in the United States could be utilized elsewhere in order to greatly improve living conditions. This is why I choose to go down the medical path, I do not just want to be able to help the citizens of my country, but also travel and spread health awareness to those less fortunate.
If I were to be working for someone, such as a doctor who is not an anthropologist I believe I could add viewpoints outside of the typical medical approach that could lead to further help in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. When going to another area of the world and spreading health, conditions are normally much different than any conditions seen in the United States. Therefore, while doctors traveling to con tries to help are doing so medically, anthropologists can take a look at the situation, such as living conditions, economy, interactions between cultures, political organizations, and planetary ecology. Through incorporating these ideas into treating a certain illness in a community, efforts can be made in order to understand why this illness is occurring and how in order to assess and treat it in the most effective and useful manner. Only this can be done through applying anthropology along with medicine. Simply treating an illness medically can immensely help in the present but by also incorporating anthropological tools, the illness can be impacted more effectively and hopefully for a longer duration. Incorporating these ideas is important, as we have seen in the reading “Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Culture Competency and how its fixed.” Here is is said that cultural factors are in fact crucial to diagnosis, treatment, and care. they shape health related beliefs , values, and behaviors. So medically treating a population in a cultural acceptable manner is assessed through the work of an anthropologist on a global scale, not simply old plain medical intervention from the usage of a doctor.
Benson, Peter. “Anthropology in the Clinic: The Problem of Cultural Competency and How to Fix It.” Open Access. Accessed August 8, 2014. http://anthropology.msu.edu/anp204-us14/files/2012/06/6.-Kleinman-and-Benson-Anthropology-in-the-clinic.pdf.