Carlos Vinicio Erazo is a professor at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in the School of Medicine where he teaches Epidemiology and how to conduct health research. He is also a medical doctor in an outpatient clinic.
In 2009, Mr. Erazo earned a Masters Degree in Public Health in the field of Epidemiology in Salvador Bahia, Brazil. In 2013, he was a visiting professor at Ohio University and attended OPIE to improve his academic English.
Mr. Erazo says that this academic English is “a new tool” which helps him and his students find and understand scientific papers written in English. Additionally, his studies in OPIE have given him the ability to help English-speaking patients at his clinic in Ecuador, and he expects to work with English-speaking partners for some of his research.
While he was a student in OPIE, Mr. Erazo “enjoyed the diversity of cultures” in his class and respected the way his teachers handled those differences. He says that he learned English skills that have been helpful in his professional life, but he also “found many intercultural things that [make him] think widely in the existence more than [his] own space.” He says, “I saw how we are equal and different at the same time around the world, and I learned that these things only help to grow as a human being.