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Meet Our 2013 PCLP Scholars

MOBILE, AL PHOENIX, AZ WEST MEMPHIS, AR LOS ANGELES, CA
ORLANDO, FL JACKSON, MS NASHVILLE, TN SAN ANTONIO, TX

 

Mobile, Alabama

J. Abraham 

Jerry Abraham, MPH

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

PCLP Site: Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.

Jerry Abraham, MPH, has worked on various world health organizations, developing policies and conducting research to prevent and reduce violence and injuries and promote safety in low- and middle-income countries. Currently a medical student, Jerry is also a healthcare advocate and primary care champion, having organized several National Primary Care Week campaigns in addition to a national conference devoted to primary care and medical students.
Juliana Macri

Juliana Macri

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.

 
Juliana Macri is a first-year medical student interested in primary care and health policy. As an undergraduate, she was heavily involved in community service and became interested in health inequality while studying abroad in Nepal. She returned to Nepal to work on maternal and child health programs. After graduating, she researched the impact of domestic health delivery systems on access, cost and quality. Currently she volunteers with underserved populations in Baltimore through various organizations.
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Kelsey Murray

The Ohio State University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.

 
As an undergraduate, Kelsey majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology and was President of Doctors of Carnegie Society, where she organized a health symposium and a campus blood drive. Last year, she served as a health education and outreach specialist, where she worked to eliminate gaps in care, improve preventative services, and integrate mental health screenings. A rising second-year medical student, Kelsey is passionate about serving the underserved, women's health, integrative medicine, mental health, and healthcare IT.
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Daribel Taveras

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

PCLP Site: Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.

 
Daribel Taveras, a first-year medical student, has shown a passion for public health. Her first year at Sophie Davis, she joined organizations which allowed her to analyze primary care services both nationally and locally. To get a better grasp of healthcare around the world, she joined Sophie Davis Global Brigades. She continues to bring health awareness to communities by teaching an STI/HIV workshop to students in the New York public education system and hosting health fairs with her school.

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Phoenix, Arizona

Ryan Beckett

Ryan Beckett

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

PCLP Site: Wesley Health Center

 
Ryan Beckett is a first-year medical student with a nontraditional background. Prior to medical school, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts before getting his Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. During his education, he worked with various mentally ill populations as a research assistant and counselor. Ryan also has experience working in hospitals and medical offices in a variety of capacities. He hopes to utilize his medical education to help underserved populations receive adequate healthcare.

Melissa Brito

Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 

Melissa Brito has always demonstrated her interest in working with people and healthcare.  Assisting in the daily care of a stroke quadriplegic patient and clinical experience prior to pursuing her nursing education confirmed her desire to work in healthcare.  Patient education is a priority for Melissa and she has been involved in various community fairs and events to provide health assessments, including blood pressure screenings and education.

Nancy Chang

Nancy Chang

University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 

Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Nancy Chang became a research associate for Alzheimer disease research. Here, she served as a clinical trials study coordinator, which allowed her to work closely with the Alzheimer's population. Working with this vulnerable population led to an interest in primary care and a career in nursing. She serves as the student health committee chair in the Graduate Student Association. Additionally, she participates in school activities that provides medical services to underserved populations.

Cascillas Guy

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 

A rising second year medical student, Cascillas Guy has been actively involved in his communities for years. His medical school has allowed him the unique opportunity to positively impact underserved areas of Atlanta, GA. Cascillas aided in the establishment of a fresh produce food truck in neighborhoods designated as "food deserts." He has assisted in the developement and implementation of Asthma lessons targeting young children and conducted healthy eating demonstrations designed to show parents how to prepare quick, healthy, and affordable meals for their families.

Mary Koethe

Mary Koethe

The Commonwealth Medical College

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 

Mary Koethe is a first-year medical student who consistently demonstrates a commitment to those with the greatest need in society. She served the most vulnerable in society by interning an organization dedicated to HIV prevention, promoting social justice, and researching parasitic infections. Since starting medical school, Mary has continued to work with underserved populations by shadowing physicians at a HIV clinic, volunteering at a soup kitchen, and coordinating a community base research project at a free health clinic.

Rebecca Sedillo

Rebecca Sedillo

University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing

PCLP Site: Adelante Healthcare

 
Rebecca Sedillo, a first-year Family Nurse Practitioner student, is committed to becoming a primary care provider for underserved women and children with chronic health conditions. Prior to nursing school, she worked on interdisciplinary teams supporting HIV-positive patients with counseling and testing services and conducted sociobehavioral research about HIV treatment. Her current work and interests involve the retention of patients in care, HIV/AIDS prevention and clinical management, and palliative care. 

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West memphis, arkansas

Monique Merritt 

Monique Merritt

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc.

 
A first-year medical student and native of an underserved community, Monique Merritt has exhibited excellence in service in several ways. During her undergraduate career, she participated in service projects including food and clothing drives, mentoring and tutoring, and renovation initiatives. Her dedication and loyalty in service allowed her to receive an award for her work. Through the Family Medicine Interest Group, she recently joined the community service committee where she will continue to volunteer in underserved communities and promote healthy and preventive lifestyles.
Whitney Nwagbara

Whitney Nwagbara

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc.

 
During her undergraduate career, Whitney Nwagbara made it her mission to impact the lives of the less fortunate. Using her athletic background, she initiated Get Your Body Right, a program focused on increasing the physical activity of Athens-Clarke County youths. She spent numerous hours mentoring the youth, teaching them the values of education, respect, and perseverance. During the beginning of her medical career, she continues to dedicate her time to the community, volunteering at a local Med-Share facility, where she helps stock medical supplies.
Nicholas Kenji Taylor

Nicholas Kenji Taylor

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

PCLP Site: East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc.

 
Growing up in a single-parent, Japanese-African American household in rural Pennsylvania, Kenji Taylor is accustomed to overcoming cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic differences. While working as a research assistant in Japan, Kenji became aware of the lack of access to healthcare by some minority groups, fueling his interest in working with underserved communities. Throughout medical school, he has been involved in diverse leadership and community service activities including leading the Cut Hypertension Program and working with a crisis center for displaced youth.
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Temesgen Woldeyesus

University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

PCLP Site: East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc.

 
Temesgen Woldeyesus, a first-year medical student, is driven to be a voice and innovator for underserved communities. During his undergraduate career, he served as a volunteer at a clinic that provides free primary healthcare to the underserved communities of Sacramento, and nurtured his scientific interests in translational cancer research. As a medical student, he continues to be a presence in the community through mentorship of at-risk high school students and involvement in community health fairs as Co-President of Student National Medical Association.

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Los Angeles, California

Adrienne Baksh

Adrienne Baksh

University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Watts Healthcare Corporation

 
In addition to her work as a second-year medical student, Adrienne Baksh is a member of the 2015 Urban Medicine cohort where she works on a teenage girls' health project, providing pregnancy and STI education to at-risk teenagers. To help her pursue her international health goals, she is planning to take a sabbatical year from medical school to work on a research project in global health. Her overall goal as a physician is to improve the health of women in underserved areas, both in the US and abroad, with special attention to women's health and teenage pregnancy prevention.
Nicole Coppage

Nicole Coppage

Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Nicole Coppage, a first-year medical student, successfully integrates research, community service, and patient education into her commitment to underserved communities. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she conducted infectious disease research and later started an organization to help first generation students apply to college. She remains involved in the community by providing free patient care to the uninsured population of Los Angeles at the USC Student-run Free Clinic and presents health topics to students in juvenile detention centers. 
Tiffany Covas

Tiffany Covas, MPH

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Prior to returning to medical school, Tiffany Covas surpervised a multidisciplinary team of graduate students to deliver HIV, STI, and pregnancy prevention education and screenings to high risk adolescents throughout New York City. She designed and implemented an annual health maintenance screening initiative, including opt-out testing for HIV and mental health. She has taken the initiative to enhance learning opportunities for her peers in the areas of public health and prevention and as found a new student organization, the Sexual Health Awareness Group.
Marcqwon Day

Marcqwon Day

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: St. John's Well Child and Family Center

 
First-year medical student, Marcqwon Day has a history of community service. In his undergraduate years, he was selected as a mentor to freshmen males from disadvantaged backgrounds and as a tutor for the Multi-Cultural Center. As H-Prep Co-Chair of Student National Medical Association, he continues to be involved in the community, mentoring, tutoring, and planning interventions for a community needs assessment of an underserved area in Atlanta as part of his community health course at Morehouse School of Medicine.
Ngozi Emuchay

Ngozi Emuchay

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

PCLP Site: JWCH Institute Inc.

 
Ngozi Emuchay has a long-standing passion for positively impacting different communities. She participated in research where she examined the health practices of inner-city African American families, the family's coping strategies, and youth programs and development. Her current role as Community Service Committee Co-Chair of Student National Medical Association allows her to continue addressing the needs of underserved areas through organizing and implementing monthly service projects throughout the academic year.
Michelle Lagua

Michelle Lagua

University of Southern California Primary Care Physician Assistant Program - Keck School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 

Michelle Lagua continues to demonstrate her passion for community service and primary care. In her undergraduate years, she served as a volunteer at the UCLA Medical Center and The Help Everyone (THE) Clinic. During her employment post-graduation, she developed Forever Young, a grassroots campaign emphasizing the importance of primary care and preventive medicine for health maximization. Throughout her clinical rotations at USC, she worked in several federally qualified health centers to provide care to the underserved in Southern California.
Adetayo Lawal

Adetayo Lawal

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Adetayo Lawal has been a strong advocate of community service and sickle cell research throughout his undergraduate years and medical school training. From 2008-2011, he conducted research pertaining to sickle cell anemia. Since beginning his medical career he has become very involved in the Good Samaritan Clinic. He currently translates Spanish and Portuguese for patients lacking a solid English background and is also highly active in his medical school's Community Health program. 
Jennifer Le

Jennifer Le

The University of Minnesota Medical School

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
A third-year medical student, Jennifer Le has had an active interest in working with underserved communities as a future primary care physician. She helped develop the first student collaboration with the Huancavelica medical mission and since then, she has returned with a team of students and health education projects. She has also coordinated the Introduction to the Urban Areas program for incoming medical students and co-founded Partners in Community Health, both of which focus on working with the community to address disparities in medical care.
Bianca Mondesir

Bianca Mondesir

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: St. John's Well Child and Family Center

 
Bianca Mondesir, a first-year medical student, has found a way to merge her interest in medicine and the sciences, with her passion for community outreach. During her undergraduate career, Bianca successfully conducted two research projects, while engaging in community outreach efforts. In 2011, she became President of the STEM Scholars, a program that  sought to integrate research and community service. Upon graduation, Bianca earned many honors and awards including the leadership award for her participation in the NASA Fellows and STEM Scholars program.
Zulma Perez

Zulma Perez-Estrella

University of Kansas Medical Center

PCLP Site: Eisner Pediatric & Family Medical Center

 
Zulma Perez-Estrella is a nontraditional medical student growing up in a low-income immigrant household whose life experiences have shown her the importance of understanding and respecting people, culture and their beliefs. It is for these reasons that as a second-year medical student she continues her commitment to providing cultural and linguistically appropriate medical services and increasing educational opportunities to at-risk youth. She strives to improve her health education and advocacy skills, learn about trends in community health as well as continue working with youth or women and help in the elimination of health disparities.
Emily Peters

Emily Peters

Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Emily Peters has never shied away from an opportunity to challenge herself. Facing each obstacle, big or small, merely represented the possibility of growth. While undergoing the rigors of an intense professional program, she challenged herself and successfully became class President. All the while, she has never lost sight of her academic goals. Emily is determined to make this world a better place and is going to do so by providing excellent medical care, one patient at a time.
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Lauren Yu

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: AltaMed Health Services Corporation

 
Lauren Yu is a second-year medical student whose volunteer efforts focus on members of impoverished communities. During her undergraduate years, she assisted elderly individuals applying for the Medicare Part D program and became an international scholar. Prior to medical school, she completed a medical sciences graduate program, and traveled in the US and internationally for service projects which taught her how to approach others in a culturally sensitive way to address community needs.

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Orlando, Florida

MaryAnn Garcia

SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
MaryAnn is a third-year medical student who is actively engaged in community service, research and student leadership. She has received multiple community service fellowships and has volunteered with a number of organizations in the New York City area. MaryAnn is an advocate of minority student retention and has organized a series of support groups for Latino students to encourage one another. She hopes to practice primary care medicine in an underserved community.

Karina Gookin

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
A third-year medical student, Karina Gookin has demonstrated a passion for improving healthcare in underserved communities and increasing diversity in the medical practice. She was a founding member of the UC Irvine Outreach Clinics, UC Irvine's first student-run free clinic. She also co-coordinated a mentorship program which encourages pre-health students from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue careers in the medical field. Prior to medical school she earned her Master of Science degree in Environmental Toxicology and studied the cardiopulmonary toxicity of air pollution.

Christopher Hillhouse

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
A first-year medical student, Christopher Hillhouse is actively involved in the community. During his undergraduate career, he became involved in a program dedicated to the physical enhancement of adolescents with mental disabilities. As Vice President of the National Society of Black Engineers, he helped construct two community fairs. He continues to be involved in the community through health clinics and health fairs. He is also involved in a mentoring program dedicated to helping undergraduates matriculate into medical school and a mentor at the Wilbert Davis Boys and Girls Club.

La'Nyia Odoms

Meharry Medical College

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
La'Nyia Odoms is a first-year MD/MSPH student at Meharry Medical College. A former high school math teacher, track coach, and advisor, La'Nyia currently volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. With the Gender and Sexuality Committee, she continues to be involved in the efforts to establish a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender organization at her medical school. As a Health Care Disparities Scholar and member of the National Health Service Corps, La'Nyia aspires to become a Pediatrician and community health advocate in an underserved area.

Karla Ruiz, MPH

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: Health Care Center for the Homeless

 
As a first-year medical student, Karla Ruiz demonstrates a history of survival and unrelenting passion. As a military child, she witnessed firsthand political and social impact on the needs of varying populations. As a public health graduate student, she focused on rural health and therapies. In 2011, she created the position of Volunteer Coordinator and proceeded to enhance community involvement with the young survivors of domestic abuse. As a student doctor, Karla continues to educate by her new community.

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Jackson, Mississippi

 

Summer Bailey

University of Mississippi School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
A first-year medical student, Summer Bailey has already found outlets through which to serve her medical school campus. She is a member of a number of medical associations including Family Medicine and OB-GYN Interest Groups and the Student National Medical Association. Additionally, she volunteers at a free clinic on weekends. She is a recipient of the Mississippi Rural Physician Scholarship, which is presented to medical students who dedicate their life to providing primary care to an underserved community in Mississippi.

Tiffani Brandon

The Medical University of South Carolina

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
During her undergraduate and medical school career, Tiffani Brandon volunteered at free clinics and participated in peer mentoring programs. While she truly enjoys these volunteer opportunities, her true passion is volunteering on medical mission trips abroad. Her first one was to Panama and Costa Rica prior to her senior year of college. She is currently planning her next medical mission trip to Haiti with a group of classmates. She is the Junior Chair of the group's public health committee, which is charge of developing a public health project to complete while in Haiti.

Ashley Cole

Mississippi College Physician Assistant Program

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
Ashley Cole earned her undergraduate degree while serving as an advocate for women and children as President of the Association of Women Students. Ashley then spent three years teaching debate, where she found a way to combine her interest in health policy with serving the youth of Louisiana. While pursuing her physican assistant degree, Ashley helped to form the first Mississippi College of Physician Assistant Program Student Association whose goal is healthy living for the youth of Jackson, Mississippi.

Kelsey Finn

University of Utah Physician Assistant Program

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services

 
A second-year physician assistant student, Kelsey Finn has strived to be an advocate for the underserved in her area. During her undergraduate career, she conducted a community service effort to raise needed supplies for a local youth shelter. As she completed her degree and became a paramedic, she volunteered at the 4th Street Homeless clinic furthering her desire to help others. Now finishing her graduate degree she spends her free time with the student-run clinic her classmates developed to help those in need and prepare for her career to help the underserved.

Tiffany Jackson

Mercer University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 

Tiffany Jackson, a fourth-year medical student, has a unique combination of clinical, research and public health experiences. She has worked at a variety of levels in healthcare including summer positions as a nursing assistant and phlebotomist during her undergraduate career. She has extensive community service experience over the last 12 years ranging from HIV testing with AID Gwinnett to functioning as an event coordinator for a mentoring organization.

Amanda Liewen

University of Louisville School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
A second-year medical student, Amanda Liewen has a history of community service. As community service coordinator for her medical school's chapter of the American Medical Association, she continues to work with the community by providing mentoring services and educational programs to the local refugee population. She is also involved in the community as the Director of the student run clinic and organizes volunteer events as the Co-Chair of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group.

April McNeill

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
April McNeill is a demonstrated leader and committed to the service of others. Combining her enthusiasm for medicine and young people, she has chosen to advocate for reducing health disparities through education of the younger generation. As a first-year medical student, she initiated a program with the local high school that focuses on health living and equipping teenagers with transferable leadership skills that empower them to influence the health of their community. She hopes to utilize her leadership skills to influence many healthy generations to come.

Joseph Nelson

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
Joseph Nelson, a second-year student, has shown tremendous dedication to becoming a leader in medicine and community service. As a part of a fellowship, he reviewed the barriers to the patient-doctor interaction and volunteered at a nonprofit. He also became a Teaching Assistant, teaching students how to conduct independent research projects. Later, Joe received the Sophie Community Research Fellowship and created a method to review community resources in the Harlem area that can help patients to manage their chronic illnesses. 

Stephen Richmond II

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

PCLP Site: Jackson-Hinds Comprehensive Health Center

 
As a first-year medical student, Stephen is preparing for a lifetime of serving others. Yet, his endeavor to serve began much earlier when enlisted in the US Air Force. He served four years as a Mental Health Specialist, caring for service members and their families. His aspirations for a career in medicine drove him back to school in 2006. Stephen inaugurated the first American Medical Student Association chapter for his junior college, serving as its president until 2009. Before graduating from UC Berkeley in 2012, he completed a yearlong AmeriCorps internship.
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Jaleen Sims

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
Jaleen Sims, a third-year medical student, has been involved with various community health projects in Southern Illinois. She organized HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events, conducted cholesterol screenings and poison prevention education, and worked as a coordinator for a local diabetes educational program. Serving as the President of the Family Medicine Interest Group has provided the opportunity to implement in local grade schools educational programs regarding tobacco usage, heart health, and nutrition.

Rosalea Taam

The Medical University of South Carolina

PCLP Site: Central Mississippi Health Services, Inc.

 
Rosalea Taam, a first-year medical student, hopes to improve primary care availability and accessibility both locally and globally. During her undergraduate years she focused her education on social justice and health, researching childhood obesity in resource poor settings, and spent a summer in Tanzania to learn about global health. She interned to develop a deeper understanding of healthcare for underserved populations. In medical school, Rosalea volunteers at a student-run free clinic and furthers her primary care interests through the Family Medicine Track program.

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Nashville, Tennessee

 

Bethany Baker

Middle Tennessee State University

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 
Bethany Baker is a fourth-year Bachelor of Science nursing student that plans on completing a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) upon graduation. She is experienced in laboratory and field research and received a national award for her DNA analysis and peer-reviewed article. Her passion for community service is manifested by her participation in numerous volunteer activities. Bethany was elected as a class representative for the Student Nurses Association and serves as the chairman of a group of nursing students to local high schools to discuss careers in the healthcare field.

Kathleen Heintzelman

Frontier Nursing University

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 
Kathleen Heintzelman is a nurse-midwifery student at Frontier Nursing University. She has written on the healthcare disparities and limited maternal care providers in Alabama. Kathleen has won numerous awards and is the member of three National Honor Societies. Through her career, she has worked to continually expand her knowledge of the nursing field. Her goal is to improve access to care for women thereby improving the Alabama maternity care system.

Whitney Jolitz

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences - College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 

Growing up in the country, Whitney Jolitz came to appreciate the outdoors and the peaceful atmosphere that goes along with it. During her undergraduate career, she studied Biology and during her junior year held the position of Programming Director of Panhellenic Council, where she organized risk management seminars, a campus-wide HPV awareness discussion. Whitney was also committee chair for the Student Body President and Vice President Candidate Debate. During her first and second year of medical school, Whitney was Class Senator of Administrative Affairs.

Joseph Krakowiak

Medical College of Georgia

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 
A first-year medical student, Joey Krakowiak, successfully integrates research, education, and service. He became a Nashville Corps Member and taught high school science while volunteering at a local free clinic. As the President of his medical school class, he continues to help educate children in low-income neighborhoods by leading volunteer efforts for the local Boys and Girls Club of Athens while planning a fundraising event for the organization. He continues to be involved in the community through health clinics and mentoring.

Vanessa Louis

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Georgia Campus

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 
Vanessa Louis is a first-year medical student with a deeply rooted passion for serving underserved communities, with a focus on women and children. Prior to medical school, Vanessa completed a Master's degree program with a research focus on investigating the effects of methamphetamine on memory. Since beginning her medical education, she has helped to organize an International Medical Outreach organization geared towards providing awareness to medical issues abroad and opportunities to travel and serve in various countries.

Rashida Merchant

The Commonwealth Medical College

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services

 
A first-year medical student, Rashida Merchant is passionate about practicing medicine in underserved communities in the United States and abroad. Inspired to take action after college, Rashida completed a yearlong service and leadership fellowship program in India where she worked to maximize the usage of a community center in a large city slum. Currently, she serves as the Vice President of her school's first chapter of the American Medical Students Association, an organization that promotes healthcare as a right for all.

Anna Mistretta, MPH

Mercer University School of Medicine

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services

 
Anna Mistretta, a third-year medical student, is pursuing a long held dream of a career in medicine. She has a history of community service, both through local schools and in various Atlanta Hospitals as a volunteer. One project in which she was recently involved was helping to assess the quality of care offered to underserved communities in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, the focus of her Master's thesis in Public Health examined financial exploitation in an elderly underserved population. 

Norhan Mohammed

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services

 
Norhan Mohammed aspires to be a physician who treats her patients holistically by acknowledging the medical and lifestyle influences on their health. She became a certified HIV counselor to conduct HIV rapid exams and spent much of her time educating patients. In medical school, Norhan will pursue a Master's degree in Public Health to become a doctor who is not only knowledgeable about the practice of medicine, but will also work in the public sector to influence health policy.
Stefany Oji

Morehouse School of Medicine

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services

 
Stefany Oji has a strong history of working with the underserved. Born to immigrant parents, Stefany was underprivileged and has similar struggles seen in the population she serves. After years of clinical experience serving the underserved in different hospitals throughout Georgia, Stefany is a first-year medical student. Recently she and her peers completed a service learning project with the results of the project to be used to implement lasting change in the support center and the West End community.
Rachel Rafferty

Drexel University College of Medicine

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services

 
Rachel Rafferty has shown a consistent, heartfelt desire to serve in primary care since 2004. That year, her mission work in India first sparked her desire to be a doctor. Rachel's healthcare work includes pharmacy, clinical and academic research, and hospital Patient Care Technician. She has volunteered in many settings, including a student-run clinic for the homeless in Philadelphia, PA, and a project detecting diabetes and hypertension in the medically underserved North Philadelphia region.

Lauren Sheard

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

PCLP Site: Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center

 
During Lauren Sheard's undergraduate career, she served as the President of the Black Pre-Medical Association, which aims to train future minority physicians with a sincere desire to help in the reduction of health disparities. In 2011, Lauren worked in a low-income community to begin a girls' mentoring program that emphasized college preparedness and promoted good mental and physical health. Currently, Lauren is a part of the Urban Medicine program, which prepares student to excel as physicians in underserved communities.

Gwen Sunkel

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis School of Nursing

PCLP Site: United Neighborhood Health Services

 
Gwen Sunkel is currently pursuing her Master's of Nursing specializing in Family Care. Outside of the classroom, she holds a full-time job in Nursing Administration at Community Hospital South. She is an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, implementing a health improvement project designed to help underserved residents make healthier food choices, increase their activity levels, and become more involved in their community. She is also a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Serve 360 volunteers, and The No One Dies Alone program through Community Hospital.

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San Antonio, Texas

 

Kelechi Anyaehie

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
A third-year medical student, Kelechi Anyaehie has a history of service to the community. In her undergraduate years, she became an advocate for children with various medical problems during her volunteer service. In 2011, she helped the efforts of the Community Service Learning program to help educate minority women about breast cancer in underserved areas. As Region III Secretary of the Student National Medical Association, she continues to be involved in the community through health fairs and mentoring pre-medical undergraduates.

Tapera Chiwocha

Chicago Medical School

PCLP Site: CommuniCare Health Centers

 
During his undergraduate career, Tapera was selected as the Historian of the Student Government to document activities such as conferences and projects for future reference. He was eventually elected to serve as President of the Student Government through which he coordinated plans for a number of workshops and community projects. Tapera believes these experiences will help him serve groups in low income communities throughout his medical career.

Cristina Fini

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

PCLP Site: CommuniCare Health Centers

 
As an undergraduate, Cristina Fini majored in Health and Exercise Science and minored in Biology and Spanish. She also volunteered for many programs helping children with various health problems. Now in her second year of a physician assistant program, Cristina has held the President position of the Student Society and volunteers monthly at a free clinic for the uninsured offering healthcare and Spanish interpretation. Her master's project studied cardiomyopathy screening for young athletes.

Anna Haring

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
Anna Haring successfully integrates primary care research with community service and health care advocacy. During her undergraduate career, she served as President of the American Medical Student Association and worked as the lead clinical research coordinator for over 20 phase III pharmaceutical studies. She helped start the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic. Anna's interest in research has led her to help perform a refugee healthcare needs assessment, mental health research, and a study on electronic technology use among primary care patients.

Mary Hoang

Midwestern University - Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: CommuniCare Health Centers

 
Mary Hoang is a first-year medical student who is passionate about improving health equity in underserved communities. In her undergraduate years, Mary coordinated free health screenings and health education seminars for uninsured, low-income, and limited-English proficient populations in Los Angeles. She hopes to integrate her love of medicine and passion for social justice by becoming a physician for underserved communities. Currently, she volunteers to provide free medical care to homeless and low-income populations in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Daryl Nowacki

Chatham University

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
During his undergraduate career, Daryl Nowacki served as the President of the BBB Biological Honor Society and received multiple fellowships and research grants. It was after working as an Emergency Advanced Patient Care Technician at one of the busiest emergency departments in western Pennsylvania that Daryl realized medicine was his calling. He is currently a first-year physician assistant student in the hopes of becoming the most efficient, knowledgeable, and caring practitioner he can be.

Serena Okoronkwo

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

PCLP Site: CentroMed

 
During her medical school career Serena Okoronkwo became the Vice President of the Student National Medical Association to facilitate programs that promoted education for underserved communities. She also became chair of minority recruitment and joined the diversity committee in order to play a more active role in increasing minority matriculation. She plans on pursuing a joint Internal Medicine and Pediatric residency program.

Binh Vu

William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine

PCLP Site: CommuniCare Health Centers

 
First-year medical student, Binh Vu, is compassionate about practicing primary care in medically underserved areas. Influenced by his positive experience working with muscular dystrophy patients, he volunteered with American Hospice and visited terminally ill patients in inner city Houston for three years. He improved on his bedside manners, patient communication skills, and became more aware of life and death situations. Binh continues to use these gained skills in medical school and utilize these skills to live a life of service as a primary care physician.

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