USF Global Spotlight

Kayla Li


Kayla Li


May 29, 2018

While shadowing physicians in primary and secondary care level facilities in the Dominican Republic, Kayla Li was exposed to the staggering effects of socioeconomic status and culture on global health. As a senior majoring in biomedical sciences and minoring in general public health, Kayla participated in a Community Health Service Trip during the winter of 2017. “My study abroad experience has greatly contributed to my success… the global perspective that I have gained will help me to understand my colleagues and patients better so that I can provide more personalized care.”

Upon returning from the Dominican Republic, Kayla joined the GloBull Ambassadors (GBA) as well as the Peace Corps Prep Program. But Kayla’s global impact does not end there. After graduating from USF this summer, Kayla will be attending the University of Oxford to obtain her MSc in clinical embryology and pursue her passion for maternal and child health.

Kayla, who one day hopes to become a neonatologist and practice abroad, advises all students to go abroad. “College is a time for growth, and there is no better way to step out of your boundaries than going to another country.”