Meet Carolina Severiche Mena, one of our 2019 summer interns! Together with her husband, Carolina has been studying the intersection of medical technology and public health. She is a lifelong learner and is continually seeking out new experiences and challenges. Find out what her hopes are for the future and how she is contributing to CMMB’s mission this summer. 


Where is home? Originally Medellín, Colombia, but now New York City.

Image of Medellin, Colombia's skyline. Medellin is where our summer intern is from, though she and her husband now live in NYC.

Home: Medellin, Colombia

Education: I earned my doctor of medicine from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Colombia. Currently, I’m pursuing an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certification and plan to apply for my US medical residency in 2020. I am looking to specialize in internal medicine and public health.

CMMB volunteer position: I am working with the programs team as a research intern.

If you were asked to sum yourself up in two words, which two would you choose? Authentic and perseverant

Why CMMB? I want to volunteer with CMMB because I am really interested in health access inequality and how structural violence affects health outcomes.

You are having a dinner party. Which three people (living or dead) do you invite? I will invite Virginia Woolf, Vincent van Gogh, and Henry David Thoreau. Virginia Woolf and Vincent van Gogh because I find their lives inspiring and full of courage. And Henry David Thoreau because I would like to learn about his ideas of civil disobedience and how it applies to our society.

What is your go-to karaoke song? Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears

What is your hope for your experience volunteering with CMMB? I hope to learn more about CMMB, its goals, and projects, as well as understand the day-to-day operations of a global health organization. I want to apply my professional skills and make valuable and relevant contributions to my team.

What book should everyone read? Why? The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde because this book redefined the idea of beauty in a unique and meaningful way. One of the most famous quotes from this book summarizes the message: “Behind every exquisite thing that existed, there was something tragic.”

Who would you like to play you in the movie of your life? Halle Berry

What is your hope for the future? I hope I can reach the best version of myself, share a meaningful life with my loved ones, and help others to have a healthy and happy life.

If you could solve one world problem, what would it be? I would eliminate child labor and exploitation because each child deserves the chance of a healthy and happy beginning.

What are the three things you are most grateful for? I’m thankful for my life, my loved ones, and my profession.

And here’s a sweet throwback of Carolina.

A child photo of Carolina

Carolina — Welcome to the team!

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