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Tales from the Subcontinent: Trials, Triumphs, and Lessons in Tenacity from My Time Conducting Research in India

  • 1 Christi Bradshaw is a third year nephrology research fellow at Stanford.
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Christi Bradshaw

“Why India?”

Along with sunscreen and mosquito repellent, this query was my steadfast travel companion throughout my time on the subcontinent. The only thing more ubiquitous were the auto rickshaws that careened haphazardly through the streets (effectively hailing them eventually became one of my triumphs). Conducting research in any setting has its unique set of challenges, and adding cultural uncertainty to the mix is perhaps a thing some people would prefer to avoid. I decidedly fall outside that group.

My decision to travel to India to conduct nephrology research was influenced by many factors. I am fortunate to

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