Pooja Doshi in her award winning World Sight Day 2017 photo

Check out Zeta Chapter’s Pooja Doshi as she gets real about pursuing her passion for Public Health and traveling the world!
What are you doing today and how did joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. prepare you for this?

I work as a Program Manager for the International Eye Foundation. Joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. helped prepare me for a world of marketing and planning events that I never knew I would be a part of. I now have the skill sets needed to design logos, websites, promote events, and network so much more efficiently.

What were your biggest challenges and struggles?

My biggest challenge was deciding whether I wanted to pursue a career in optometry or public health. I had already applied to optometry schools while I was in undergrad and was waiting on acceptances. During my senior year, I interned with the U.S. Naval Research lab and worked on an HIV/AIDS project which changed my outlook on the medical field. I found that I wanted to work in the public health sector developing different health interventions and learn about new cultures at the same time.

What is your favorite part of your position/career/field?

My favorite part of my career is I get to travel the world! We work with 55 eye care hospitals in Latin America, Asia, and Africa and I get to visit almost every one of them! I feel like I got the best of both worlds because I combined my two passions – working in eye care and traveling.

What is your work/life balance?

I am a final year graduate student getting my MPH from the University of Maryland set to graduate this upcoming December 2017. I go to school part-time and work full-time, but my degree is online, so it works around my schedule. I also give guest lectures at UMD and Georgetown University in public health and ophthalmology as I have a clinical background in the field as well.

What do you perceive are the benefits of joining Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc.?

I think the benefits of joining KPhiG is the networking opportunities an individual can obtain. You may not know everyone very well across the nation, but knowing that I can reach out to a group of people who always have my back is something I would not trade anything for.

What advice do you have for women that are attempting to follow your career path?

My advice for women trying to follow my career path is go after your passion! I knew I wanted to work with eyes since high school (I dissected a sheep’s eyeball for the first time and I fell in love with the organ) and I never stopped pursuing something to do with eye care. Whether it was clinical, public health, or just volunteering for an org., I made it my mission to include eye care in it somehow.