Next up in our series of editor profiles is Morgan Espérance, MD! Morgan is our senior author for pediatrics and infectious diseases and a member of our editorial review board.
Morgan earned her ScB from Brown University in 2005 and her MD from Harvard Medical School in 2011. As an undergraduate, Morgan was a Swearer International Service Fellow and spent two summers volunteering at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in rural Haiti. After graduating from college, she worked for the Batey Relief Alliance in the Dominican Republic, running a mobile clinic that provides primary care and AIDS treatment to Haitian migrant workers. She then returned to Haiti to work for the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team, where she started a project that rehabilitated three public clinics and trained community health workers in the northwest. During medical school, Morgan wrote a teaching case for the Global Health Delivery Project about the scale-up of Antiretroviral Treatment in Zambia. She also spent a month volunteering with Partners in Health at the General Hospital in Port-au-Prince following the earthquake. Additionally, she has collaborated on several research projects with The Haitian Group for the Study of Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO) that aim to understand and improve retention of HIV-positive patients in treatment programs. As a Global Health Equity Resident, Morgan plans to pursue her MPH and to continue to improve health care delivery in Haiti.
A little more about Morgan:
- Grew up in Massachusetts and Vermont
- Lives in Brookline, MA (but spends 2-3 months a year in Haiti!)
- Hobbies include skiing, reading, cooking, and playing with her kids
- Favorite movie is tough to pick, but she likes IMAX and 3D movies
- Favorite book is Texaco
- Favorite music is Haitian Kompa
- Favorite food is a really good pizza
- Best vacation was in Patagonia
A career in health care was a sure thing for six-year-old Morgan
We asked Morgan a few questions about Firecracker, medical education, and the field of medicine in general.
Q: When did you get involved with Firecracker?
A: I started out as an author during my intern year.
Q: Why do you love Firecracker?
A: It's a smarter, more efficient way to learn medicine. It's also a really wonderful and fun group of people to work with!
Q: What has been your favorite experience in residency so far?
A: Mentoring and teaching medical students.
Q: What would you be doing if you were not in medicine?
A: I would want to be an architect or an urban planner. Or maybe I would sell everything I own and travel around the world with my husband and kids.
Q: If there were one thing you could change about medical education, what would it be and why?
A: Experiences for students that cultivate empathy and provide training in cross-cultural care. A thoughtful curriculum that focuses on what you really need to know to be a successful clinician. Fewer lectures, more self-guided learning.
Q: If there were one thing you could change about the field of medicine in general, what would it be and why?
A: We need to address the structural causes of poor health, engage more community health workers, ensure universal access to high-quality primary care, and integrate patient care across specialties and time.
- The Firecracker Team