Dr. Rosanna Ianiro is currently pursuing a master of public health in global communicable diseases at the University of South Florida College of Public Health. Before commencing her studies in public health, she worked for several years as a primary care physician in Costa Rica after earning her medical degree from Universidad Autónoma de Centro America.
Because of her passion and commitment to medicine and her genuine interest in global health, Rosanna excelled in her coursework and became very knowledgeable in the areas of immunology, parasitology, emerging infectious, tropical, and vector-borne diseases.
Global Health professor Dr. Ricardo Izurieta recognized Rosanna’s potential for further specialization in tropical infectious diseases and encouraged her in competing for a highly coveted opportunity to train in the renowned Gorgas Diploma Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine conducted annually at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) in Lima, Peru. Consequently, she was one of the few applicants selected from a pool of over one hundred international physicians.
Rosanna’s intensive nine-week training in the Gorgas Course occurred under the guardianship of prominent infectious disease specialists Dr. David O. Freedman (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Dr. Eduardo Gotuzzo (UPCH). Daily activities included lectures, case conferences, diagnostic laboratory, and ward rounds at the Tropical Medicine Institute and Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia in Lima. She also travelled to local and regional hospitals, both in Cusco in the Andes and in Iquitos in the Amazon jungle. She encountered countless patients with diseases endemic to Peru as well as to other parts of the world and of global health concern such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, HTLV-1, malaria, dengue, and leishmaniasis.
The distinguished Diploma in Tropical Medicine & Hygiene is granted only to those who successfully pass the rigorous comprehensive examination upon completion of the course. Rosanna was awarded the illustrious diploma and is the first USF student to have received this distinction.
Due to her training and experiences, Rosanna established close ties with doctors at the Tropical Medicine Institute and seeks to create an alliance between UPCH and USF so that students from both the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health whose interest is to train or do research in tropical and infectious diseases will have a pathway to do so.
Rosanna desires to teach students at the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health so she can pass on the knowledge she acquired in Peru. After graduating with the MPH later this year, her greatest aspiration is to pursue medical residency and subsequently, an infectious disease fellowship at USF.
For more information about the Gorgas Diploma Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine, visit http://gorgas.dom.uab.edu.