Contact and Background Information

Vanakkam! This is my Fulbright India web page, which is here to provide information for those interested in updates on my progress in Madurai. If you want to learn about the project that brought me to India, check out my Fulbright Research Proposal. You can also see a copy of my Personal Statement.

As a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine(DUCOM), I took a year off from medical school to go abroad for an international medical experience in India. My experience at the Aravind Eye Hospital was facilitated by the United States – India Education Foundation (USIEF).

I learned about the Aravind from a news program on PBS and a documentary film titled “Infinite Vision” (see the top right tab on the Aravind Eye Hospital more information). I was so impressed by the accomplishments of the founder, Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy, that I wanted to see Aravind for myself. With a little encouragement from a Fulbright alumni at DUCOM, I found a mentor at Aravind and worked out a research project for a Fulbright Fellowship to characterize corneal epithelial stem cells.

For further information about my previous education and training, feel free to click on the link to my recently updated Phelps CV. I plan to apply for ophthalmology residency when I return to complete my 4th year of medical school in the summer of 2009.

Thanks for your interest in my project! If you would like more information about my Fulbright experience in India, or would just like to say hello, feel free to email me at: Finally, here is a link to a publication that resulted from my work at Aravind. Enjoy!!!

2 Responses to “Contact and Background Information”

  1. Hi there Says:

    Fellow fellow (not Fulbright, I was a finalist this year, though) hanging out here in Kolkata working on my own research project (sex work/human rightsy type stuff). I graduated from NU in June ’08 and will be in India through April. Feel free to drop me an e-mail if you want another American connection while in India. Cheers – AC

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