University of California San Diego School of MedicineA second year medical student, Olumuyiwa Akinrimisi is currently Co-Vice Chair of the school SNMA chapter where as a director of undergraduate affairs, he works with minority pre-medical students. As a member of the National SNMA Committee, he serves as a Minority Association for Premed Students (MAPS) Liaison where he has helped launch MAPS chapters at college campuses in the west. Currently he is helping with the planning for the Regional Medical Education Conference which will provide workshops for disadvantaged pre-medical students in the west. He volunteers weekly as a student doctor at the San Ysidro Health Center in the urban underserved community of Chula Vista.
University of California, Irvine School of MedicineJemma Alarcón grew up in Mexico and moved to the US when she was fifteen years old. Her experiences growing up on the border taught her the impact of birthplace on life chances. She is currently a third year medical student in the Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community (PRIME-LC). She has volunteered for, developed, and evaluated public health interventions with low-income populations, immigrants, indigenous and refugee communities in Baltimore, Boston, Mexico, and India. She earned her BA in Public Health Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. In 2011 she joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 65 Public Health Associates nationwide in a fellowship with the New York State Department of Health. She has co-founded and serves on the steering committee of the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, a 501(c)(3) organization seeking to establish the first legal needle exchange in Orange County. Her CCSLP project will focus on best practices to estimate homelessness and implement a vulnerability index to assess the mortality risk among the homeless population in Santa Ana.
University of California Davis School of MedicineA third year medical student, Thinh Chau is committed to reducing cancer health disparities and delivering culturally sensitive and accessible care to medically underserved Asian communities. In 2013, he graduated from UC Davis where he earned a BS in cell biology with a minor in Asian American Studies. As an undergraduate, he worked extensively with the Vietnamese Cancer Awareness, Research and Education Society (VN CARES) to provide free primary care and cancer screening services to the Sacramento Vietnamese community. After graduation, he spent a year conducting liver and colon cancer research under the UC Davis Health System Department of Pathology. As a medical student, he served as a co-director at the Paul Hom Asian Clinic, the oldest existing Asian clinic in the US, and as a coordinator for its sister clinic VN CARES. Additionally, he was co-president of Southeast Asians in Medicine which promotes the wellbeing of and addresses the health inequalities in the Southeast Asian refugee communities. He is also a part of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training’s effort to spread awareness and promote screening for Hepatitis B within the Sacramento Vietnamese community.
|Kathryn Choo Loy
University of California San Diego School of MedicineA second year medical student, and member of the PRIME Health Equity program, Kathryn Kianalani Choo Loy has chosen to study medicine with the goal of serving the underserved, especially children who are in need of quality medical care. As an undergraduate, she discovered her desire when exposed to health inequality as she helped to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in the lower-income neighborhoods of New Orleans. Her passion for health equity grew while working as a community health HIV tester and counselor. Now in medical school, she has immersed herself in community service projects including Student Run Free Clinic, mentorship programs including Doc4Day; and Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, that provide guidance for high school students from low income areas in San Diego. With her dedication to a future in pediatrics and community health, she hopes to give back to the Native Hawaiian community, a population that faces the negative impact of health inequity. As a Native Hawaiian herself, she feels the responsibility to give back to that community.
University of California San Diego School of MedicineNow a third year medical student and cohort member of Programs in Medical Education-Health Equity (PRIME-Heq), Naeemah Munir earned a BS and MPH in environmental studies and environmental health during a 5-year dual degree program at Emory University. At the Rollins School of Public Health, she conducted research for her master’s thesis at the Center for Global Safe Water. After graduating in 2012, she worked as an HIV and family planning program manager for Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group in Ndola, Zambia. Currently, her service in San Diego centers around health education for underserved youth. Ms. Munir actively recruits those underrepresented in medicine (URM) for UC San Diego programs, mentors URM pre-med students, and organizes campus events to promote diversity, fulfilling her duties as the co-president of the SNMA UCSD chapter and director of community outreach and diversity for the class of 2018 student council. She is also a founding member of Medical Students for Justice, whose current task is incorporating implicit bias discussions in the medical education curriculum.
University of California San DiegoA second year medical student, Brian Nguyen graduated from University of California San Diego under the Medical Scholars program with a degree in Communications in 2014. He has been extensively involved in both the academic research community and community service community, with multiple innovative projects in radiology and plastic surgery. Mr. Nguyen had his first introduction into community-based medicine at Stanford University’s Pacific Free Clinic during the infancy of the Hepatitis B Free campaign. He is currently a recurring instructor and mentor with the Lincoln Health Equity program that aims to provide education and career guidance to socioeconomically disadvantaged high school students interested in medicine and with the Pilipino Undergraduate Society for Health, a similar program at the collegiate level.
University of California San Francisco School of MedicineWhile serving as an undergraduate Minority Global Health Disparities Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Amanda Onyewuenyi worked closely with the Medical Research Council in Cape Town, South Africa, to explore the health consequences of intimate partner violence. She has continued her global commitments through her recent work with the Ifakara Health Institute, where she evaluated the use of methods against postpartum hemorrhage in rural Tanzania. As a third year medical student, Ms. Onyewuenyi has served as regional board member of the SNMA, as well as serving as Co-President of the UCSF Chapter, where she has led various mentorship activities for Bay Area youth. She also served as the Women’s Health and Intimate Partner Violence Coordinator at the UCSF Homeless Clinic. As a member of the founding chapter of White Coats for Black Lives, Ms. Onyewuenyi continues the fight against health disparities by working with medical students to advocate for policies against racial bias and inequity in healthcare.
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Western University of Health Sciences A second year medical student, Jamila Rahmaan-Colder is a wife and mother of three. She earned her BS in psychology from Georgia State University and an MS in medical sciences from Western University. Prior to medical school, she worked as a high school teacher in her home town of Pomona, as well as an assistant manager for a group home for the intellectually disabled. She has served as president of her medical school SNMA chapter during her first year and continues to serve as an executive board member and community services chair. As a non-traditional student, she has extensive leadership and volunteer experience, including founding several youth outreach programs in Pomona and coordinating community health fairs. She has been a gross anatomy teaching assistant and also a student research fellow.
David Geffen School of MedicineA third year medical student, Gianna Ramos graduated from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in 2010 with a BA in Sociology and a BS in Biology. After college, she taught high school biology in Richmond, CA with Teach for America. She worked in the foster care system, volunteered with the San Francisco Aids Foundation and coached high school swimming. While at DGSOM, Gianna has served as Chair of Mentorship of the Latino Medical Student Association, tutored first year medical students and started a mentorship program with LMU premed students.
|Nancy Rodriguez, MPH
University of California, Davis School of MedicineA second year medical student, Nancy Rodriguez received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA and her Master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in International Health from Boston University School of Public Health. In undergrad, she served as a board member for multiple years in UCLA’s Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM), where she led initiatives and students in community based programs for underserved communities and for underrepresented minority students. After graduate school, Nancy joined the Venice Family Clinic, as the Director of Health & Wellness Department and Integrative Medicine/Specialty Care Program Manager.