Meet the PCLP Scholar cohort: medical students and graduate-level nursing and physician assistant students who have participated in PCLP.

Below are the Scholars who served in Boston MA and the Gateway Cities of Chelsea, Lowell, Lynn, and Salem MA in 2018.

     
  Majed Abbas, MA
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
A medical student at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Majed Abbas has worked extensively to improve outcomes for underserved patients. As President of the student-driven Interprofessional Community Clinic (ICC), he has helped bridge gaps between providers, administrators, students, and patients. He has also volunteered with Health Leads to address social determinants of health. In the future, he hopes to continue integrating social health with his physician practice.
  George Agyapong, MS
Harvard Medical School, Class of 2019
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
George Agyapong is a medical student at Harvard Medical School (HMS). A recipient of the Agents of Change grant from HMS Center for Primary Care, he is helping to pilot a new healthcare curriculum that offers tailored nutrition information to early intervention patients at The Dimock Center. His previous roles include serving as Program Coordinator for the HMS Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) from 2015-2016. He hopes to pursue a career that celebrates the unique contributions that diverse communities offer to medical education and innovations in healthcare delivery.
  Christine Archuleta, MS
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: North Shore Community Health, Inc.
A medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (GWSMHS), Christine Archuleta is a motivated advocate for patients facing disparities in healthcare. She has served as a translator for the Hispanic population, and as an emergency room scribe. At GWSMHS she has served as a student representative and donor memorial committee member, and volunteered at the student-run Healing Clinic. With a concentration on Community and Urban Health, Christine plans to continue learning how to provide the highest quality of care to those with the greatest need.
  Kemi Balogun
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: South End Community Health Center
A medical student at the University Of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville, Kemi Balogun has demonstrated a commitment to marginalized populations in medicine. As an undergraduate she served as the Vice President of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) at Wake Forest University, where she helped establish a mentoring program among undergraduate and medical students. She has also served as a prenatal patient advocate in the National Health Corps of Philadelphia. She volunteers at the Greenville free clinic for underserved populations, and serves as a MAPS liaison and mentor.
  Sancia Bredy
Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Lowell Community Health Center
As a medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine, Sancia Bredy is devoted to serving the underserved. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Bio-Medical Sciences. During her time there, she was able to volunteer as a mentor with DREAM Academy at Memorial Middle School. She now combines her passions for service and medicine by volunteering with organizations such as Hosea Feed the Hungry and H.E.A.L. Clinic. She is also a member of the Refugee Health Organization and helps to organize Morehouse medical mission work in Haiti.
  Amani Brown
University of Toledo Physician Assistant Program
PCLP Site: Fenway Health
Amani Brown is a Physician Assistant student at the University of Toledo. She serves local Toledo residents at both the University’s Community Care Clinic and the Neighborhood Free Clinic. Amani is a student member of the Academy of Physician Assistants. She has served as a clinical researcher in the University of Toledo’s breast cancer center. Additionally, in an effort to gain additional insight into the healthcare profession, Amani sought out an opportunity to encourage diversity among physician assistants by helping coordinate events with her school’s Physician Assistant Diversity Association.
  E. Forest Collin
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: The Dimock Center
A medical student at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, Forest Collin has demonstrated a commitment to caring for the underserved. As a volunteer clinic coordinator and medical assistant at The Olympia Free Clinic he found a home away from home, serving medically disenfranchised communities of the South Puget Sound. As a medical student, Forest has been active in assisting with the Special Olympics event in association with Touro University. In his free time, he is an avid enthusiast of rock climbing. He looks forward to continuing to improve his ability to be an ally in medicine for families and individuals in need.
  Benjamin Corona
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Lowell Community Health Center
Benjamin Corona is a medical student at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, where he is a member of the Primary Care Program. He is a board member of the Homeless Outreach Program for Education and Enrichment and rotates once a month at a primary care clinic on Skid Row. His clinical interests lie in helping patients who may suffer from homelessness, mental illness, and/or substance use disorder. He is also passionate about teaching, and in his free time, enjoys playing various instruments and exploring the diverse cuisine of Los Angeles.
  Sabrina “Isabel” Coronel
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HeathCare Center
A medical student at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Isabel Coronel has always been devoted to community and equality. In medical school, she sits on the panel for her school’s free clinic and serves as president for the American Medical Association. She also volunteers at community health screenings in underserved areas, at the local Boys and Girls club to teach children healthy eating habits and as an interpreter at the free clinic. As an MD candidate, she plans to use her passion for community and justice to help drive her future in reducing healthcare disparities for underserved populations.
  Cooper Couch
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California Physician Assistant Program, Class of 2020
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
As a physician assistant student at University of Southern California’s Primary Care PA Program, Cooper Couch has shown commitment to serving the underserved, understanding diversity, and practicing and promoting interdisciplinary primary health care. He graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish Literature and Linguistics. He now connects fellow PA students with an interdisciplinary team of volunteers at the JWCH Institute on Skid Row, one of the largest stable populations of people experiencing homelessness in the US. He is President-Elect of the Student Academy Board of Directors for the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
  Ahmani DoDoo, MS
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center
Ahmani DoDoo is a medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) in Dothan, Alabama. She completed her Master of Science in medical sciences at the University of South Florida. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps member through United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Project Health Access, which seeks to increase access to primary care services for the uninsured and underinsured of the Atlanta metro area. At ACOM she is a member of the Pediatrics Interest Group, Student National Medical Association, the Student Association of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians, and the American Medical Student Association.
  Michelson Dorimé
Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
PCLP Site: MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center
Michelson Dorimé has shown a passion for strengthening communities via his work teaching children at the local elementary schools of Harrogate, TN and teaming up with a nonprofit to provide medical services to patients of the global community. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a BS in Community Health. He then continued his work with underserved populations as a Research Assistant and then as an Emergency Medical Technician in the emergency department of a level one trauma center, volunteering his time and skills in places in dire need of medical assistance such as Haiti, Ghana, and India.
  Victor Ekuta
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Class of 2019
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
A medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine, Victor Ekuta is committed to diversity, research, and education outreach. He is highly involved in the school and community, serving as Co-President of the Student National Medical Association, Co-Manager of the student-run Neurology Clinic, and assisting as co-investigator on a patient quality improvement project. As a future clinician-scientist, Victor hopes to design culturally competent studies that will address the burden of neurological and psychiatric conditions in all members of the population.
  Christine Fernandez, MPH
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Lowell Community Health Center
Medical student Christine Fernandez has worked to educate various populations about the importance of preventative healthcare. While working towards her Master’s in public health, she worked with a preceptor at Bowdoin Street Health Center located in Dorchester, MA. She has also volunteered multiple times with The Friday Night Supper Program that serves hot meals to some of Boston’s lower income residents. Now she strives to help educate her classmates about the importance of preventing chronic diseases through lifestyle changes, while gaining the medical knowledge and skills necessary to become a primary care physician. 
  Macda Gerard
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
Macda Gerard is the daughter of immigrants who traveled to the United States from Haiti in search of better opportunities. Drawing on her upbringing, she became interested in disparities in healthcare access and delivery. She has worked as a research assistant at OpenNotes, an international movement dedicated to making health care more open and transparent by urging healthcare providers to share their visit notes with patients. As a medical student, she volunteers at a student-run free clinic where she helps to educate and provide care to the underserved population in Detroit..
  Ganaëlle Joseph-Senatus
New York Medical College, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
A student at the New York Medical College, Ganaëlle Joseph-Senatus has demonstrated a passion for improving both community and global mental health. As an AmeriCorps participant, she worked to promote access to mental health services by working at the Samaritans of Rhode Island, a suicide prevention and resources center. She has also worked at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) as a behavioral care manager. As a medical student, Ganaëlle participates in the elective Health Policy Round Table discussion group. She is a member of her student senate’s Wellness Committee, and co-chair of her school’s American Medical Student Association Justice in Medicine committee.
  Irene Ly
University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Class of 2019
PCLP Site: South End Community Health Center
Irene Ly is a medical student at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine with a commitment to addressing health disparities in immigrant and marginalized populations. She studied cultural anthropology and psychology as an undergraduate, exploring models of global health and care delivery. As a medical student she has been Co-Director for the Knights Landing One Health Center, a rural student-run free clinic for migrant farm workers and their families. She also works to improve interdisciplinary, community-based care. She continues to be involved in student advocacy and mentorship, and aspires to practice family medicine.
  Xochitl Mendez, MA
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: North Shore Community Health, Inc.
As a rising second year medical student at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM), Xochitl Mendez has demonstrated her passion and determination for helping the underserved community. She is a bilingual, first generation Hispanic college graduate and graduate school candidate. For over three years, she worked alongside physicians as a Medical scribe and acted as an English to Spanish translator for hundreds of patients in need. Currently, she is working on innovative Ultrasound technology research with the department chair of Anatomy, involving cardiology examinations.
  Bailey Monroe
Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
As a medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine, Bailey Monroe is an active volunteer at the student-led H.E.A.L clinic. She has also had the opportunity to work with the LUNGevity Foundation, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, MedShare Atlanta, and numerous other organization to support the community culture of giving back. As she continues toward a future in internal medicine, Bailey hopes to incorporate elements of preventative care into her work, and remain cognizant of how her platform as a physician can be used to benefit her community.
  Daniel Mulcahy
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Science Physician Assistant Program, Class of 2020
PCLP Site: Lowell Community Health Center
A Physician Assistant student at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Daniel Mulcahy is committed to providing an inclusive and caring environment for underserved communities seeking healthcare. As an undergraduate he was a brother of Delta Epsilon Mu (DEM), a professional pre-health co-ed fraternity committed to representing students pursing various health fields. He went on to become the National Vice President of External Affairs where he helped build the foundation of a medical internship to educate pre-health students on how to work with patients with special medical needs. Daniel is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants’ LGBT caucus, educating students on LGBT health and other underserved communities.
  Aerial Petty, MS
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
As a medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Aerial Petty has tirelessly dedicated herself to serving underserved populations in her community. She volunteers at the Samaritan Clinic, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide the underserved and homeless population of Dothan, AL with medical care that they would otherwise be unable to receive. She translates for the Spanish-speaking patients so that they may receive the best quality of care possible regardless of the language barrier. She has also established a mentorship program for high school students enrolled in science courses at the Dothan Technology Center.
  Cindy Puga
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: The Dimock Center
As a student at Carver College of Medicine, Cindy Puga demonstrates a commitment to working with underserved and underrepresented communities. Growing up in a predominantly low-income rural neighborhood near Los Angeles, Cindy learned to recognize many of the issues affecting these communities. She has worked as an ophthalmic technician at retina specialist clinics throughout LA County, gaining experience with highly diverse patient populations. As a medical student she is involved in Latino Medical Student Association and volunteers in Mobile Clinic, which provides free medical care to the uninsured.
  Danielle Purtell
Tulane University School of Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
As a medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine, ​​Danielle​ ​Purtell has​ ​demonstrated​ ​commitment​ ​to​ ​providing​ ​health​ ​opportunities​ ​and​ ​compassionate​ ​care​ ​in many​ ​aspects​ ​of​ ​medicine.​ ​A​ ​nationally​ ​qualified​ ​weightlifter, she​ ​believes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​positive impact​ ​of​ ​exercise​ ​on​ ​health. ​She is dedicated to the geriatric population.​ ​While​ ​working​ ​as​ ​a​ ​home​ ​health​ ​aide,​ ​she​ ​completed​ ​a​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​Geriatrics​ ​to inform​ ​her​ ​medical​ ​training. She has also written​ ​an​ ​e-book​ ​to demystify​ ​the​ ​medical​ ​school​ ​application​ ​process.​ ​She​ ​intends​ ​to​ ​serve​ ​the​ ​geriatric​ ​population as​ ​a​ ​primary​ ​care​ ​physician,​ ​advocate,​ ​and​ ​leader.
  Anita Reta
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Fenway Health
Anita Reta is a medical student who grew up in a small, rural community in Southern New Mexico.  She has demonstrated a passion for service to underserved populations through outreach and integrative medicine.  Anita is a licensed athletic trainer and training to be a traditional healer, developing skills in integrative medicine, cultural humility, and empathy. She is enthusiastic about developing new clinical educational opportunities and using her experiences as an educator, curandera, and athletic trainer to ensure that she is able to engage and develop deep relationships and provide comprehensive, sensitive, and efficient care to her patients.
  Michelle Wilson
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: The Dimock Center
A medical student at Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Michelle Nkechi Wilson, has established from a young age her passion in life is helping others through mentorship, volunteerism, and cultural awareness. In 2017 she was among the first graduates of the Florida A&M University-Florida Atlantic University Medical Scholars Program (MSP). She was involved in the Tallahassee community as President of the African Student Association and MSP. Her experience includes outreach education in the management and prevention of diabetes in underserved communities. As a medical student, Michelle serves as a leader and mentor through the Healthcare Careers Outreach Program.