Dr. Meredith Hickson is a Pediatric Resident at CHOP. Her academic interests include child migration, women’s and children’s rights, and the neurodevelopmental consequences of poverty. Meredith was a Fogarty Scholar in Uganda in 2016-2017, focusing on neurodevelopment in children with severe malaria and in-utero malaria exposure. During medical school, she was a Health Disparities Scholar with the Michigan Institute of Clinical and Health Research. Prior to medical school, Meredith worked with Children’s Health Watch as a health policy intern. She served with the Peace Corps in Senegal from 2011 to 2013 as a Preventative Health Educator. Meredith is an alumna of the University of Michigan Medical School (2018) and Oberlin College (2010).
We will be discussing Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), with a focus on the epidemiology, clinical description, and consequences of the practice. This talk is geared toward healthcare providers and students who may encounter women and girls who have experienced FGM/C in their clinical practice. We will also discuss FGM/C as grounds for asylum under US federal law.