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 are serving in Boston MA and the Gateway Cities of Chelsea, Lowell, Lynn, Salem, and Worcester MA in 2019.​

     
    Sherifat Ademola, MS
The Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Fenway Health Center
Sherifat Ademola is a medical student at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. With a passion for social justice, she was elected Co-President of The American Medical Association’s Doctors Back to School Program, a program designed to improve representation in medicine. She also serves as a coordinator for a student-run clinic offering free care to un- and underinsured patients, and enjoys volunteering with Brody’s Medical Food Pantry. As a future primary care physician Sheri hopes to remain involved in her community, and to continue to advocate for marginalized populations across the globe.
    Chuks Agusiegbe, Jr., MS
Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center
As a Morehouse School of Medicine student, Chuks Agusiegbe, Jr. is committed to underserved communities and youth mentorship. While obtaining a Master’s degree he spent his free time at a local elementary school mentoring young students. He was also awarded the “Rising Star Award” for his ability to achieve despite adversity. He has served as committee chair for the First Look Program at Morehouse, providing students with early exposure to medical school, and as first-year vice president for the Student National Medical Association at Morehouse. He is determined to treat patients holistically and provide a voice for the voiceless
  Ngozi F. Anaemejeh
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health CenterNgozi Anaemejeh is a student at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. As an undergraduate at Rutgers she served as a tutor and mentor for local high school students, through the Office of Diversity and Academic Success in the Sciences. She was also a member of the pre-medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon. As a medical student she is involved with the Homeless & Indigent Population Health Outreach Program (HIPHOP), as the liaison between community partners and students. She also serves on the Executive Board for the Latino Medical Student Association and her SNMA chapter, where she is proud to be committed to community service.
  Rodney Bruno
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health CenterRodney Bruno was born and raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He has always had a passion for community engagement and health disparities, and been committed to work in and around Boston. He has served as a mobile clinic volunteer with Harvard Medical School, and worked as a patient advocate for Mass General Hospital. He is also a co-leader of the inaugural Urban Health Pathway at UMass Medical School, a program focused on training physicians for primary care and population health work in underserved areas. He hopes to continue to address health disparities and mentor students in underprivileged areas.
  Vikrant “Vini” Singh Dhindsa
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health CenterVikrant “Vini” Dhindsa was motivated to pursue a career in medicine, serving underprivileged groups, when he volunteered in a small Virginia town struggling with poverty, food access, and childhood hunger. His experience in community care inspired him to work in the free clinic setting as a medical student. In his career, he aims to implement his training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) to provide patients pain relief, especially in communities suffering from opioid addiction. He plans to utilize his knowledge in health, nutrition, exercise, and meditation to provide patients with stress relief methods.
  Rema Elmostafa
Mercer University School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Brockton Community Health CenterRema Elmostafa is a medical student devoted to addressing the healthcare needs of rural and underserved communities. Fluent in Spanish and Arabic, she is focused on breaking down language barriers in healthcare; she has served in clinics in her home state of Georgia, as well as in the Middle East. She has also received funding to research affordable care for fungal infections. In medical school she has founded a support network for first generation students like herself to access mentorship and resources. She also serves as a Student Council liaison between faculty, staff, and over 60 students. She hopes to pursue a career in women’s health, breaking language, cultural, and socioeconomic barriers.
  Ndidi Enwereji, MPH
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health CenterNdidi Enwereji has demonstrated a commitment to serving underserved populations and eliminating health disparities. As an AmeriCorps service member, she focused on community-wide initiatives to improve health and wellness for residents of Camden, NJ. In 2018 she earned her MPH from Thomas Jefferson University’s School of Population Health. She has served as the Community Service Representative for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), organizing community service events. She plans to use her future status as a Nigerian-American medical doctor and public health professional to advocate for preventive care, improving health status in disadvantaged communities.
  Jaye M. George
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Dimock CenterJaye George is dedicated to strengthening the pipeline of minority students in medicine. As an undergraduate he mentored high school students interested in health sciences. Upon graduation, he took on a teaching fellowship in project-based learning for 8th grade science students. He continues to participate participate regularly in afterschool enrichment for high school students, and has served as President of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the Family Medicine Interest Group. He continues to support the interest of underrepresented minorities in medicine, and highlight the rewards of Family Medicine as a specialty.
  Jacqueline N. Hayata
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, PA Candidate Class of 2020
PCLP Site: MGH Charlestown HealthCare CenterJacqueline Hayata is a Physician Assistant student at Keck School of Medicine of USC. She was raised in Costa Rica and moved to the US as a young adult, and speaks fluent Spanish and conversational Japanese. She has volunteered and worked in schizophrenia research and clinical work for seven years; her research work includes four publications. Her volunteer work includes work with the homeless, in low-cost family clinic, and on international medical trips. She also advocates for legislature in the US capital through her Physician Assistant program. Her ultimate goal is to provide medical care to underserved communities while working to address gaps in healthcare that need improvement.
  Bao Tran Ho
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: North Shore Community Health CenterBao Tran Ho is committed to bridging health care disparities through the integration of diversity and cultural awareness. As an undergraduate she helped lead an on-campus organization communicating the health needs of students to administrators and clinicians on campus. She also worked as a research assistant, exploring the use of fitness technology across the lifespan, and as a patient care technician in emergency medicine. She is now a counselor for the Crisis Textline, supporting individuals suffering from an acute crisis. She plans to further care for the needs of the underserved in coming years through research and patient education.
  Kaila Holloway
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: South End Community Health CenterA rising second year student pursuing her MD/MPH, Kaila Holloway has shown an ongoing commitment to underserved communities. As an undergraduate she helped organize over 200 students on four international trips to the African continent, to carry out research and service initiatives. She also conducted research on how pregnancy affects the education of teenage mothers. As an intern in the health division of the National Urban League, she worked to develop programs to combat obesity in Black communities. In medical school she has led fundraising for her school’s summer camp for special needs children. She also volunteers with both the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement and the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), to expose disadvantaged youth to the medical field and provide health services to disadvantaged communities
  Kyunti James-Thorpe
Morehouse School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HealthCare CenterKyunti James-Thorpe is a medical student at Morehouse School of Medicine. As an undergraduate she volunteered at a free clinic, helping provide dental and health services to the underprivileged. After graduation she completed research focusing on social determinants of health. As a medical student, she has completed a yearlong community health course designed to identify and provide the needs of a low socioeconomic community. She also serves as a mentor and tutor for the Thomasville Heights Boys and Girls Club. She plans to continue serving medically underserved populations through Community Health Centers after her medical education is complete.
  Nia Johnson
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health CenterNia Johnson is a medical student and a National Health Service Corps Scholar. Her area of focus is the interconnectedness of health with physical, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing. Public health research gave her the opportunity to implement interventions against HIV/AIDS and Diabetes through Black churches and community centers. She now works with a St. Louis organization to reduce the health disparities between Black and White babies. She also mentors as a Big Sister, volunteers with the student-run clinic, and tutors children. She wants to continue empowering communities throughout her practice.
  Marissa Tse-Feng Kuo
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, PA Candidate Class of 2020
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health CenterMarissa Kuo is a physician assistant student at Keck School of Medicine of USC Physician Assistant Program. Her extracurricular activities throughout her life have reinforced her commitment to community service: she has held leadership positions in her undergraduate Relay For Life, traveled to Central America to participate in mission trips providing aid, and served in the External Vice President position of her class. She is also a board member of the USC Student Run Clinic, coordinating the PA involvement. She also devotes time to helping expose middle and high school students to different areas of the health field.
  Anh Lam
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: North Shore Community Health CenterAnh Lam is an MBA/DO candidate at Oklahoma State University. She immigrated with her parents and siblings to the United States, and is among the first generation in her family to attend college. Since high school she has demonstrated a passion and commitment to volunteerism. This includes work with Manos Juntas Medical Clinic, a free clinic for the underserved of Oklahoma City, where she continues to volunteer. She has also spent time in Beijing volunteering with orphaned children at Beijing United Family Hospital, as well as children with intellectual and physical impairments. She is President of her school’s Student Osteopathic Medical Association and represents OSU-COM as a student ambassador.
  Tiffany Mateo
State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Dimock CenterTiffany Mateo is a medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University. After graduating from Syracuse University she worked as a teacher in the Syracuse City school district, and as a medical scribe, as well as a Ronald McDonald House manager. She now helps mentor local high school students who have shown interest in pursuing a career in the STEM field. She serves as Vice President for the Upstate Chapter of Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA), Treasurer for the Upstate Chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and Public Chair for the Upstate Chapter of American Medical Women Association (AMWA).
  Tamika L. McLean, MBS
Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HealthCare CenterTamika McLean is a medical student at Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, she witnessed first-hand how health disparities affected marginalized populations in different parts of the globe. After receiving her BA from Cornell University, she completed a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers University. Her passion for diversity and inclusion is evident through her role as a board member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and a mentor for the American Medical Women’s Association Mentorship Program, as well as a volunteer at community health events serving uninsured patients in the Greater New Haven Area.
  Anderson Nguyen
University of California, Irvine, College of Medicine, Class of 2021
PCLP Site: Brockton Community Health CenterAnderson Nguyen is a California native from Long Beach, and a medical student at University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. As an undergraduate he helped organize community health fairs, and led Hepatitis B screenings through the Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA). After graduating he joined the APAMSA National Board to develop resources and mentorship programs for pre-medical students. He also volunteered at a clinic where he helped organize health education; he is now on the leadership team of two student-run free clinics. He is fluent in Vietnamese and is learning medical Spanish. He is Community Outreach Chair for the Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG).
  Philomena Nwanze
Boston University School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Edward M. Kennedy Community Health CenterPhilomena Nwanze is a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. While an undergraduate, she helped lead an organization emphasizing community between minority women in STEM. She also served the community as a hospital ambassador, a volunteer at the Boys and Girls club, and a coordinator for science fairs at local elementary schools. She has conducted clinical research through the National Institute of Drug Abuse. She now organizes mentorship for high school students interested in medical careers, and chairs committees fostering diverse recruitment and enrollment, as well as meaningful relationships between medical personnel and diverse patient populations, at Boston Medical Center.
  Roselyn Olorunsogo, MS
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Dimock CenterA medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Roselyn Olorunsogo has a passion to serve the underserved. She  graduated from the University of South Florida in 2017 with a Master’s in Medical Science. Prior to medical school, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at Moffitt Cancer Center. She not only learned how to form strong relationships with patients, but also the importance of research. She has also volunteered in free healthcare for underserved communities. She has served as President for the Alabama chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), treasurer for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and as a part of the quality improvement team at her medical school.
  Vu Thien Pham
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Fenway Health CenterVu Pham is a medical student at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. During his undergraduate career, he served the Riverside Free Clinic (RFC) as Treasurer and later, Undergraduate President/Clinic Monitor. Through this tenure he helped fundraise over $16,000, helped the clinic win numerous awards and recognitions, and led a team of 46 undergraduate volunteers to provide free healthcare services to underserved populations. Today he serves as the Medical Student Laboratory Officer. He strives to not only provide the best care to marginalized communities, but also to collaborate with community leaders to eliminate health disparities in the community and beyond.
  Helen Queenan
Howard University College of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: South End Community Health CenterHelen Queenan is a medical student at Howard University College of Medicine. As an undergraduate she studied abroad at the University of the South Pacific in Apia, Samoa, conducting an independent study on mental health in the Samoan population, including resource availability and effectiveness. After graduation she worked as was a Public Health Intern at Tapestry Health, developing a tracking system for outreach planning/implementation for Latina women, and as a Research Assistant at Tufts University School of Medicine. As a medical student she is the Vice President of Community Service.
  Rasa Rafie, MS
Rocky Vista College of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: MGH Charlestown HealthCare CenterRasa Rafie is a medical student at Rocky Vista College of Medicine; her family immigrated to the United States from Khorramabad, Iran when she was young. Prior to medical school she worked as Program Manager for a medical scholars program in South Central Los Angeles. She also attended the University of Southern California for her Master’s of Science in Global Medicine, where she was awarded the Dhablania and Kim Global Health Fellowship and was nominated to lead a field study at the United Nations. She has devoted herself to resolving the health disparities that ripple out from unequal access to care, and to practicing of medicine that serves communities at risk.
  Micaela Torres
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: MGH Chelsea HealthCare CenterMicaela Torres is a medical student in the Program in Medical Education-Leadership and Advocacy (PRIME-LA) program with Charles R. Drew University. She is passionate about working with medically underserved communities. As an undergraduate she was on the Board of Directors of Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine, and was a counselor and board member for a camp for high schoolers from underrepresented communities. Micaela has served as Wellness Co-Chair for the PRIME council and Director for the First Generation Students at UCLA. She serves as a Mentorship Chair for the UCLA chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association, where she helps lead mentorship for students interested in medical careers.
  Crystal Mariah Vasquez
University of New Mexico School of Medicine, PA Candidate Class of 2020
PCLP Site: Lynn Community Health Center
Crystal Vasquez is a physician assistant student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Outside of the classroom, her clinical experience began in high school working as a caregiver. As an undergraduate she was offered a position at the Office of the Medical Investigator (OMI), where she performed autopsies for two years. She has also consistently volunteered in her community, learning about the issues provoking poor health outcomes and low access to care. She hopes to alleviate these issues in part with her special interest in bilingual communities, honoring the support her own community and family have given her throughout her life.