I choose to focus on global health because I have become more aware of how critical of an issue this is and how necessary it is for physicians to work together in order to improve the health of those around the world, especially those in third world countries who do not have access to the same medical care that we do. I recently traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, taking a study abroad course through MSU, and we spent time in several hospitals in the area and I was absolutely shocked at the conditions of the hospitals. The hospitals were dirty, crowded and chaotic. Many times we saw patients with serious skin infections who were unable to heal because the hospitals did not have the money or the proper antibiotics for them. They needed immediate systemic antibiotics through an IV, but were denied because that was very expensive and the hospital could not afford it. In the US, doctors would probably never see infections like we did, because it is so easy and simple for us to go to the store and get an antibiotic cream when we have an injury, and so our wounds would probably never progress to that level of infection. Our group also traveled to a very poor village in Santo Domingo, where we were able to check their blood pressure and listen to their heart and lungs. We were able to give some of the people medications if we had it with us, but once we ran out, their were many people who were left untreated, which was very difficult to do. This trip truly opened my eyes and made me want to become more involved in improving global health. For people like those living in the Dominican Republic, it should be our responsibility to treat these people who so desperately need medical care. We have all of the knowledge and resources, we just need to have the desire to help. The advantage of having an anthropological perspective in healthcare is that they focus on discovering why a certain disease is occurring or is increasing in the number of cases. For instance, HIV is still prevalent in the Dominican Republic, and so anthropologists will work to find out why a particular group of people is becoming diagnosed with the disease and determine if there are any confounding factors such as poverty, overpopulation etc. Anthropologists can also be seen as “mediators” between the patient and the physician. They work to gain the trust of the patients in order to treat them effectively. In the article “Why Anthropologists Join an Ebola Outbreak Team,” the anthropologists observed the customs and traditions of the people in Uganda, so that they could understand why the natives distrusted and disliked the medical team who was trying to treat them and their loved ones.