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Alexandra Keir is a fourth-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  She survived childhood cancer 3 times, at the ages of 1, 7 and 14. Now at age 27, Alexandra remains motivated by her grueling journey to become a pediatric oncologist. She has worked actively in pediatric hematology-oncology research, global health support and education, and disability and chronic illness advocacy throughout medical school. Previously, she worked as a curriculum planner and course assistant for the Master's degree program in Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). As an alumni of the master's program, her interests are in cancer clinical research capacity-building, ethics of resource allocation, and improvement of quality and inequities in care, particularly in resource-constrained environments. Her capstone project with the UCSF Global Cancer Program and Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) focused on assessing clinical characteristics and patient outcomes of colorectal cancer at the Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with the ultimate goal to inform clinical guideline development and implementation. This project led to her work as a course assistant, aiding global health curriculum administration and development. She continues to work with the UCSF Global Cancer Program in both supportive and research roles.  She is also a graduate of UCLA with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a minor in English literature. She is an avid writer and reader and hopes to utilize these skills in any field she may enter in the future. Prior to this, Alexandra worked with kids and families affected by cancer, volunteering with UCLA Mattel’s Child Life program, and she became an ambassador for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization dedicated to funding pediatric cancer research and supporting families affected by their child’s disease. 

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