University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
A third year medical student, Sandy Jiang has demonstrated passion for working with the underserved. Ms. Jiang graduated from Emory University with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and human biology. Her research interests were in immigrant medicinal foods and medical anthropology, and she presented her work at the Society of Economic Botany and the Eastern Atlantic Research Forum. As a medical student, Ms. Jiang mentors pre-health students and individualizes physical fitness programs, and hopes to combine experiences to provide holistic care experiences within her internal medicine practice.
Drexel University College of Medicine
A fourth year medical student, Justin Okons has demonstrated a deep compassion for working and caring for the underserved. He graduated from the University of North Carolina with a BA in biology. As an executive board member of both SNMA and Drexel Mentoring and Pipeline Program, he has worked to strengthen ties with the medical school and the West Philadelphia low-income community through health workshops and fund-raising efforts. Through a summer internship at a local residential senior citizen home, he implemented a blood screening and exercise program related to healthy management of blood pressure.
Morehouse School of Medicine
A third year medical student, Alcha Strane has demonstrated a commitment to medicine and serving underserved medical populations. As a Masters student at Morehouse, she created a community needs assessment at the Healing Community Center, a Federally Qualified Health Clinic, to determine barriers to healthcare. She couples her desire for research with hands-on experience through serving at the Grady Hospital operating room and Morehouse Medicine primary care centers.