Mila Dorji (SM ’20) is a Neuroscience major. He is half-Bhutanese and half-German Jewish and was raised between Bhutan and California. Mila’s global health interests are focused on emergency medical systems and the neurological well-being of individuals and communities. Before coming to Yale, Mila worked as an EMT lifeguard for California State Parks and as a medic in the ambulances and ER of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu. He has also served as an assistant with Health Volunteers Overseas, equipping Bhutanese healthcare providers with physiotherapy training and wheelchairs. He remains committed to his work in Bhutan and hopes to return there this summer to conduct further research and fieldwork toward the optimization of emergency medical systems. At Yale, Mila is the co-president and co-founder of the Himalayan Students Association and captain of the Water Polo team. He conducts research on adolescent brain development with Professor BJ Casey’s FABlab as part of the nationwide ABCD study and organizes academic seminars and events as the undergraduate coordinator for the Yale Himalaya Initiative. Mila practices commercial and artistic photography as a board member of the Yale Photography Society and his cinematographic work has enjoyed modest success in films festivals. His other passions include surfing, rock climbing, religious practice, and learning languages.