For more than a decade, Yolaine Civil, M.D., had been helping patients and families throughout the state through her role with the Ambulatory Pediatric Clinic at Michigan Medicine. But in 2010, following a transformative experi-ence volunteering in Haiti after a devastating earthquake struck the nation, her ambitions grew.
“As a clinical instructor, one of my primary goals has always been to foster diversity, equity and inclusion at Michigan Medicine through scholar-ship, mentorship and teaching,” said Civil.
Just last month, Dr. Civil was awarded a 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant, allowing for even more growth within her work.
“The path to achieving the Fulbright Scholar grant was extremely challenging — it took a lot of prayer, patience, determination and perseverance to finally arrive at this point,” said Dr. Civil. “Although my background was primarily clinical when I first conceived of the idea for this project, I was successfully able to translate my clinical goals into scholarly activity to help others.”
“Ultimately, we are working to defeat health inequities, so this mission has been incredibly meaningful and I’m excited to see where it goes. I know that I’m on the right path.”
To learn more about Dr. Civil’s project, and why she now travels the globe, helping patients through vital re-search projects and health care initiatives, visit www.mmheadlines.org.