Exploring your career horizons in global health: our fourth career story


Who are you, where are you from, and what is your role in GHNGN?
My name is Sarah Khalid Khan and I am a medical doctor from Pakistan. I initially started as a News Writer with GHNGN and currently work as the Chief News Editor. This means that I get to read interesting articles on different topics by different people and enjoy how they blend their expression with their ideas!

How did you learn about the GHNGN?
I found out about GHNGN when I was a student at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden through one of my classmates. I successfully applied for the news writer position after I graduated.

What is your current job/study position?
I have been working as an Evidence Synthesis/Horizon Scanning Specialist in the NIHR Innovation Observatory at Newcastle University in the UK over the course of the past few months. Prior to this, I worked as an ER (Emergency Room) doctor with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a remote area in Pakistan for a little over six months.

What career path did you follow (bachelor, MSc, PhD…)?
I obtained an MSc. in Global Health from Karolinska Institutet a few years after I graduated as a medical doctor.I am hoping to work towards a Ph.D. along with a clinical training under my belt in the next 5 years.

What is your secret when it comes to applications?
I tend to follow the following steps:
1. Research the job and employee;
2. Knowing what your employer wants (email or contact person to express interest);
3. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses;
4. A crisp CV;
5. Perseverance;
6. Update LinkedIn or any public profiles.

How does your current job/studies help you fulfill your ultimate goal/motivate you?
While my current job may not be directly related to global health, it provides me with unique insight how the healthcare system in a high-income country functions and gives me a perspective into how different countries with varied income brackets deal with health problems. So maybe it just adds personal insight!

Are you interested in something other than what you currently do?
My interests are all over the place and I have done quite a few things related to the field of medicine, and I have enjoyed all of them equally. Ideally, I would love to integrate my passion for research, clinical medicine, and humanitarian work, but we do not live in an ideal world and you have to choose one thing at a time or be really good at organizing.

What is global health for you?
GH is making sure every citizen of the world has a piece of the pie that is health.

What do you think your work as a GH professional brings to the global picture of GH?
As an editor for GHNGN, I believe I can contribute to the ongoing dialogue related to GH and help share knowledge related to it. I believe that, through sharing our experiences, we can help others deal with challenges that we deal with, or continue to deal with, to improve our strategy.

What would you suggest a student who wants to work in GH?
As GH is a highly nebulous field and, sometimes, it takes a while for you to land on what you enjoy. In the meanwhile, do whatever you can to learn and expand your horizons. At the end of the day, you can use your unique experiences and find how they play a role in the broader picture of health of some of, if not all of, the people in the world.



Sarah Khalid Khan is a medical doctor from Pakistan and a news writer at GHNGN. Her interest is in global health, writing articles on health issues that merit global concern.

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