Artrish Jefferson
Meharry Medical College, MS, MHS
PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón
Artrish Jefferson is a rising second-year medical student. As an undergraduate on the National Council of Negro Women, she mentored minority youth and served the local community. She also volunteered at Florida Hospital East. She then received a Master’s in Biomedical Science from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a Master of Health Science degree from Meharry Medical College in 2016. As a medical student, she volunteers at Meharry’s local free community clinic. She also serves as a rising third-year Liaison for her school’s Internal Medicine Club, where she participates in many local health fairs.
Aigner Smith
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: El Centro de Corazón
Rising third-year medical student Aigner Smith has placed community service at the center of her education. She is Community Service Liaison for her school’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association, and she aspires to graduate with Distinction in Community Service through the Rodney M. Coe program. She is currently a health advocate, visiting the homes of immigrant families new to the United States and assisting with trips to doctor’s appointments or pharmacies, as well as connecting the families with churches, social workers, etc. She has also served hospice patients and mentored students.
Erika Carter, MS
Wayne State University School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Center
A rising second-year medical student, Erika Carter has a passion for underserved communities and youth mentorship. While pursuing a Master of Science in Biology/Medical Science, she began volunteering at free clinics. In 2015 she completed a post-baccalaureate program for disadvantaged, first-generation college graduates at Wayne State School of Medicine, where she later matriculated as an M1 student. She is currently involved with tutoring young students, volunteering in a local free clinic, and helping minority students gain exposure to the area of medicine. She is also involved in pre-medical mentorship.
Prachi Shah
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Legacy Community Health Center
Prachi Shah is a rising second-year medical student. During her undergraduate career, she assisted in maintaining the Charity Care Program, a partnership between a community health center and neighboring hospitals to help low-income patients receive continuing, specialized healthcare services at no cost. As a student educator and mentor for Beaumont Future Medical Scholars, she encourages high school students to pursue careers in medicine. Currently she is developing a study to assess physicians’ cultural competency in managing diabetes in patients observing Ramadan, and developing recommendations for counseling such patients. She also has extensive teaching experience as a math and sciences tutor and an academic coach.
Nicole Davis, PharmD, MS
University of Alabama School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center
A rising third-year medical student, Dr. Nicole E. Davis has spent 14 years as a registered pharmacist and gained invaluable knowledge about the hardships patients face, from drug abuse to crime and poverty. She has volunteered with the Community Free Clinic of Newport News to offer uninsured and underserved patients access to pharmacy services, and mentored youth through Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America. As a medical student she has implemented a free vaccination program, and organized inoculation training for medical students. She also served as her school’s Student National Medical Association liaison to its undergraduate counterpart, MAPS.
Helene Okpere
Morehouse School of Medicine
PCLP Site: Spring Branch Community Health Center
Helene Okpere is a rising second-year medical student born and raised in Houston, TX. During her undergraduate career she served as a mentor to her pre-health community, community service chair for Bluebonnet Hospice, and outreach chair for her Bible study. She also attended a medical mission trip to Ghana, where she was able to advocate for individuals in rural communities. As a medical student she volunteers at a student-led clinic that serves financially disadvantaged families. She is also a committee member in her school’s chapter of the Student National Medical Association, and a community service chair for her school’s pediatric interest group.