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

Below are the Scholars who are serving in Chicago IL in 2019. 

  Marvin Carr
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2023
PCLP Site: Near North Health Services

As a medical student, Marvin Carr has overcome the odds solely by being from the South Side of Chicago. As an undergraduate he began to recognize the geography of socioeconomic differences, and its impact on health disparities. Through internships, shadowing, and guided mentorship, he has explored social and political forces affecting health disparity. He has also helped create free health education services for the community of North Tulsa, including vaccinations, diabetes management, and nutrition, as well as a specialized curriculum for children. His healthcare career is continually aimed at learning how to best serve all communities.

  Shayla Reid
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Near North Health Services

A medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Shayla Reid is dedicated to health equity, caring for marginalized populations, and fostering greater diversity within medicine. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, she worked on a campus-wide initiative for student health and well being. She then worked with Young 1ove in Gaborone, Botswana where she focused on youth health and education. In medical school she has served as president of the Health Equity Group, on Task Force on Inclusion and Bias, and as coordinator for the Chicago Youth Program Clinic. She also assists Community Health Clinic, a free clinic for uninsured patients where she enjoys using Spanish with patients and serving a unique population within Chicago.


  Maria G. Vazquez, MS
Mercer University School of Medicine, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Howard Brown Health Center

A medical student at Mercer University School of Medicine, Maria Vazquez has demonstrated a commitment to serving the underserved and younger generations. As an undergraduate she mentored minority students, volunteered at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospital, participated in leadership conferences and service projects, and served as a translator for the Hispanic community. While applying to medical school she volunteered at the Macon Volunteer Clinic and was honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. As a medical student, she continues to serve the underserved by participating with the Saturday clinic. She aims to connect with other medical professionals and motivate younger generations of aspiring physicians to overcome the challenges of pursuing a career in medicine.

  Che’La L. Woods, MS
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Class of 2022
PCLP Site: Howard Brown Health Center

Che’La Woods is a medical student at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. She has demonstrated a desire for caring for the underserved communities in Chicago. Prior to medical school, she served as Clinic Manager for a family practice where she gained experience working with patients and administrators. She has also invested in the next generation: mentoring and tutoring young students, substitute teaching, and directing summer education for a local middle school. Coming from underserved communities herself, she hopes to return to them as a leader and advocate.