Hum Global

During my first semester, I founded a nonprofit titled Hum. I’ve continued to work on the project in my free time – it’s in the process of registration within the State of Ohio at the moment. Below, please find a quick overview of the organization’s goals.

Public Health extends far beyond epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory scope – nearly every non-hereditary health detriment within an individual can be traced to larger societal detriments, primarily associated with socioeconomic disparities; the role of public health through the next decade is to break the bonds between wealth and health.

We’re all obliged to contribute, because Public Health doesn’t operate on a case-by-case basis – it affects all of us, all of the time.

Hum is a platform bringing reverse innovation to practice within the United States, working within American social, political, and economic framework. Because many of America’s developing partners continue to deliver healthcare to even the most socioeconomically disparaged, there’s no excuse.

That’s why Hum looks to examine healthcare systems and scenarios within the global south from the unique perspectives of those served, via Pathos. Next, Hum scrutinizes the same healthcare systems and scenarios within exclusively analytical, macroscopic perspectives, via Commentary. Finally, Hum proposes methodology to modulate and implement favorable healthcare systems and scenarios from the global south within the United States, via Solutions.

We’d also like to give back. The United States continues to perfect many leading global healthcare strategies, practices, and solutions yet to be implemented within the global south. Hum looks to be a leader in global nonprofit efforts to bring whatever America does right to the people who need it the most.

That’s a tall order. And that’s exactly why we need hear your thoughts.

Contact us! Hum isn’t an exclusive platform; any and all healthcare analysis holds its rightful place at Hum. In your comments, simply link a copy of your document and we’ll do the rest.

Because at Hum, we’re always together.

Year in Review

2016 was a year of growth.

I wasn’t always the brightest student. High school wasn’t easy for me, so I gave up during my secondary education. I felt stupid – worthless, even. I hated it. I wanted to be useful. My interests had always pointed towards medicine, but I had neither the intellect nor, more importantly, the work ethic to frame my interests in a manner which wasn’t met with laughter.

So, prior to beginning my first term at Ohio State, I promised myself that I wouldn’t revert to my old ways. That’s literally it. I told myself that I’d work hard. And I faked it until I made it.

First semester was hell. I studied all day, all night. I wasn’t particularly involved, nor did I commit to research. But I studied. I soon learned to work well, to work smartly. I began to focus on learning the material, and I even began to enjoy my classes. The practice left me with a salvageable GPA.

I expected to take the paved route – four years of college, followed by medical school. But I remembered the words of my high school teachers – “He has potential”.

The thing is, I never, ever lived up to that potential. At the end of my first semester, I deduced that distractions were the cause of my failures in high school. Ohio State was – is – a second chance. This is my time to buck up, or get out. College wasn’t going to be a repeat.

I never, ever went to a party. I avoided alcohol at every cost. And I ensured that maintaining my health became a priority outside my medical career. Most importantly, I decided to squeeze my curriculum into two years; that, I decided, would test my potential; I’d never know my limits unless I tested them. I learned to learn, for the first time in my life.

But I soon recognized that my practices were largely unsustainable. I’d get tired. I’d fall short. Or I’d feel lonely. I needed a human touch to live.

I began to speak with my floormates. I made friends, organically. And I learned to speak with others on a level beyond logic.

I learned that it takes humility. Every single person other than myself can teach me something, from biochemistry to conversing with girls I like. I learned to live with respect for everyone and everything. It’s logical, really; I’m human, therefore I don’t know everything. But someone can teach me where I fall short – all I need to do is be humble enough to ask.

My philosophies gave rise to a new world. I ensured that I spoke to everyone on meaningful levels – even a simple morning greeting needed to have meaning. If my conversations didn’t better a friend’s day, that was a day wasted.

My grades didn’t fall. Because I was happier, studying was easier. But there was -is – still a lingering question: Why do I like medicine enough to push myself to the limit?

Fundamentally, I truly didn’t have to push myself. I could have spent four years in college like everyone else, and graduated with full decorum. There’s no denying that I’m already privileged to study at Ohio State. But there are too many others who don’t share my luck.

And that’s why I believe I haven’t actually sacrificed anything for the decisions I’ve made. The “traditional” college experience is arbitrary; where some choose to follow other paths, I’ve learned to genuinely enjoy working hard to achieve my goals. Success without struggle isn’t success at all. Where those less fortunate face more difficulties, it’s my duty to use my opportunities to balance the scale.

I believe that success is rooted in health. To attain a goal, an individual requires the weapons needed. The weapons are best exploited when sharpened.

I could help people in any field. An engineer builds technologies, a teacher builds a generation, a politician builds relationships, and a businessperson builds an empire.

But there’s only one field where I can work with an individual to build weapons they’ll use to build themselves, and to hopefully build the success of others: Medicine.

As I move into my second year, the MCAT, research, and the AMCAS application, the respect I’ve developed for those around me only continues to grow. Whenever I see a wheelchair-bound patient as I jog past the ER at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center, I no longer think of how I can singlehandedly cure a patient, but of how I can work alongside the patient. Through my first-year experiences, I’ve learned that where medical practice benefits a patient, it bolsters the understanding, maturity, and intelligence of a physician doubly.

That’s why I’ve come to understand that my life won’t be a life lived exclusively in service of individuals; my service as a physician will pale in comparison to whatever I experience, learn, and feel during that service. That net benefit is exactly why I’d like to become a physician.

This is Public Health

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Though I was initially motivated to study public health via sheer interest in scientific research, the more I read, the more I connected with the emotional tribulations associated with dynamic domestic and international public health.

Even given the vast expanse of international health efforts, that there still remains uncountable work for today’s top researchers, physicians, and medical foot-soldiers struck me heavily. It forced me to consider my part – even if small – in the battle against poor public health. I’m obligated to contribute towards volunteering, further education, research assistance – anything – which could catalyze a contribution in these fields; it’s a responsibility, because public health influences all of us, all of the time.

I recognize that Public Health extends far beyond epidemiological, medical, and pathological scope – nearly every non-hereditary health detriment within an individual can be traced to larger societal detriments, primarily associated with socioeconomic disparities; the role of public health in 2017 is to break the bonds between wealth and health.

I couldn’t have recognized this particular dissonance without my Global Public Health course, taught by Ohio State’s Dr. Amy Acton. She’s been the most influential person thus far in my college experience, and she’s facilitated the best first semester any college freshman has likely experienced. Because of her, I’ve been inspired to begin my own efforts in population-based medicine in addition to the efforts towards individualized medicine I still retain.

This marks the true, serious beginning of my relationship with the medical field. This is going to be a long, interesting road.

G.O.A.L.S.

[ “G.O.A.L.S.” is a place where students write about how their planned, current, and future activities may fit into the Honors & Scholars G.O.A.L.S.: Global Awareness, Original Inquiry, Academic Enrichment, Leadership Development, and Service Engagement. For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.

Global Awareness: Students cultivate and develop their appreciation for diversity and each individual’s unique differences. For example, consider course work, study abroad, involvement in cultural organizations or activities, etc .
Original Inquiry: Honors & Scholars students understand the research process by engaging in experiences ranging from in-class scholarly endeavors to creative inquiry projects to independent experiences with top researchers across campus and in the global community. For example, consider research, creative productions or performances, advanced course work, etc.
Academic Enrichment: Honors & Scholars students pursue academic excellence through rigorous curricular experiences beyond the university norm both in and out of the classroom.
Leadership Development: Honors & Scholars students develop leadership skills that can be demonstrated in the classroom, in the community, in their co-curricular activities, and in their future roles in society.
Service Engagement: Honors & Scholars students commit to service to the community.]

Career

[“Career” is where you can collect information about your experiences and skills that will apply to your future career.  Like your resume, this is information that will evolve over time and should be continually updated.   For more information, go to: http://honors-scholars.osu.edu/e-portfolio. Delete these instructions and add your own post.]

About Me

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In high school, Saraf competed internationally for the National Speech and Debate Association in Extemporaneous Speaking, speaking on global and domestic social, political, economic, scientific, medical, foreign policy, and public health issues. The 7-minute “extemp” speeches were assessed on comprehensive content-media analysis, physical and verbal delivery, and on-the-spot argumentation. He ranked among the top thirty-one internationally, placing him in the top .0001% of speakers in the world.

Simultaneously, Ajay grew further interested in medicine – his paper, “Employing Bioinformatics in Determining Gene Expression Profiles for Gastric Adenocarcinoma”, received accolades and perfect scores at all competition tiers, was recognized by the Ohio State House of Representatives, the University of Cincinnati, the Mayo Clinic, and was published by the Ohio Academy of Science.

Subsequently, Ajay cultivated an interest for public health – dynamic media influences facilitated a growing interest in global health climates for Saraf. The media’s specific influence on population health drew Ajay closer to further respective studies.

In mid 2016, Saraf joined The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health as a freshman undergraduate. He’s always looking for research opportunities, and looks to his professors and those otherwise better experienced for guidance and assistance. In his freshman term, Saraf believes serving as a research assistant to his professors best ensures proper preparation for his own future studies, when he’s better intellectually equipped.

Ajay looks to attend medical school after college. Ultimately, Saraf aims to practice medicine while contributing to medical policy – medical media and newswriting remain very, very strong interests for Saraf.

In his free time, Saraf retains a passion for scientific writing. He also enjoys debating any global issue, building relationships with a growing circle of colleagues, stargazing, dabbling in various outdoor activities, and constructing remotely operated model aircraft. Additionally, he’s played the tabla for nearly twelve years – he’ll eagerly accompany or solo given the opportunity, and helps wherever he can when it comes to music and the arts. Much like he values music, Saraf particularly values spiritual arts, holding a second-degree taekwondo black-belt, and practicing routine meditation.