Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
A third year medical student, Kwame Awuku has been consistently involved in his community. During his undergraduate years, he hosted health initiatives; and as a Cancer Institute of New Jersey volunteer, he distributed information on breast cancer, sex health issues, and organized educational forums. He was also involved with the “Embrace the Kids” Foundation. As the founder and president of O’Darah Outreach, he continues to help underserved communities through vaccination education and health sessions.
Morehouse School of Medicine
A second year medical student, Anya Bazzell first pursued a MPH program at Morehouse. During her academic training, she has served as the Student Government Association Global Health Track Representative, a research assistant for Community Voices and also for the Clinical Research Center. She became a published author. She received her Masters of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Her community experience ranges from interning at hospitals and homeless programs to conducting laboratory and community-based participatory research.
Georgia Regents University Medical College of Georgia
A third year medical student, Ebony Caldwell first earned dual Bachelor and Master degrees in public health with a pre-medical emphasis at the University of Georgia. She became interested in infectious disease, especially HIV/AIDS, while working with a local organization, AIDS Athens, and dedicated her last university years to educating the community and raising support for local HIV/AIDS organizations. During medical school, she has headed the Global Health/ Infectious Disease Interest Group including a summer conducting HIV/AIDS research at the University of Michigan. Ms. Caldwell desires to become an infectious disease physician.
Morehouse School of Medicine
A second year medical student, Jada Harris was a 2014-2015 service member of AmeriCorps, where she taught, tutored and mentored at-risk students. She incorporated her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to create programs that taught biology and algebra and motivated students to be active in their education. She has served as the First Year Class Chaplain and as a Senator for the Class of 2019 Student Government Association. She works with Project Seraphim to help underserved women and children through mentorship. She plans to create her own non-profit that will empower the community on spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and financial health issues.
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
A fourth year medical student, Alejandro Rabionet as Community Service Chair of LMSA created the Mentorship Program, which matches LMSA members with pre-medical undergraduate students or local physicians. He also serves as a Patient Coordinator at the student-run healthcare clinic. There he is expanding the curriculum to include melanoma awareness. He plans to continue his health education efforts as an academic physician.
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
A fourth year dual medicine/public health program student, Danyelle Thomas has contributed to the creation of a program to train students to become Certified Application Counselors to increase patient access. She was a GE-NMF PCLP Scholar in her hometown. She has served as the President of the SNMA chapter in medical school, and held multiple leadership positions in the Department of Community Services. Ms. Thomas plans to continue her dedication to the underserved as a primary care physician.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
A fourth year medical student, Veronica Williams upholds a passion for the holistic approach to medicine. She graduated from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Theater and a biological sciences minor. She completed her post-baccalaureate at California State University East Bay, where she fostered her interest in public health as an intern with Mentoring in Medicine &Sciences, and by leading community education in high-risk populations with topics in nutrition, disease control, and sexual health. As a medical student, Ms. Williams was a teaching assistant in Anatomy, a clinical advisor, and pre-doctoral OMM Teaching Fellow. She will dedicate an additional year to enrich her diagnostic and hands-on skills with clinical experience, as well as lead didactics and tutor pre-clinical medical students.