The most rewarding experience of my studies so far has been working on a study at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine about Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) decolonization protocols. It has been a wonderful learning experience learning how MRSA affects the community and testing to see what the best decolonizations protocols are to prevent recurrent infections. I recently started working here and I am excited for all the things I will learn in my time working on the study.
The biggest challenge that the public health field should be focusing on is infectious disease prevention. This includes focusing on vaccination and antimicrobial stewardship, while understanding disease transmission and proper infection prevention measures. Additionally, this will help with preventing outbreaks of potentially devastating diseases and limit morbidity and mortality related to outbreaks if they do occur.