Medical School:Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Bushra grew up in Sri Lanka, started a health camp for refugee women in northern Sri Lanka after the 26 yr civil war; volunteered at a homeless shelter in med school as part of an education coalition for health advocacy and helped to start a culinary medicine initiative at Temple.
Carla Villarreal, MD
Medical School:Oakland University William Beaumont
Carla was awarded the M3 Family Medicine clerkship award and 2 certificates for community service while in medical
school. She worked for Teach for America in Detroit prior to medical school. In medical school she served as a Hispanic Outreach Services Mentor through which she connected medical students with Hispanic youth to educate and guide them on healthy living choices as well as pursuit of academic interests. She was the community service chair for both her school’s chapter of AMWA and LMSA and was the vice president of the Lifestyle Medicine Interest
Group. She helped start up a small clinic in a shelter and volunteered at her school’s free clinic. She has a teaching certificate in secondary education and is fluent in Spanish as well as speaking some French.
Carol Platt, DO
Medical School:Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Carol is graduating at the top of her class as a member of Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society and was awarded the TOUCH service award for her community service. She is an Associate Board Member for EverThrive supporting the health of women and children through policy initiatives and is an associate board member of Urban Initiatives empowering youth through sports and recreation. She is a member of the leadership committee for the National Outreach for Diversity at Midwestern University. She volunteered at her school’s free clinic and worked as a perinatal educator. She worked as a Spanish interpreter at multiple underserved clinics and as a teacher through CPS for several years for 4th and 5th graders. She is fluent in Spanish.
Christina du Breuil
Medical School:University of Illinois College of Medicine
Christina graduated AOA from UIC where she participated in research looking at health interventions for Latino caregivers of children with disabilities. She gave health education talks at Deborah’s House as part of her Urban Medicine program and participated in research on music in China. She was a staff minister on campus in college where she ran weekly Bible study and gave presentations on spiritual topics. She speaks French and some Chinese.
Eric Sullivan, MD
Medical School:University of Chicago The Pritzker School of Medicine
Eric is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi Research Society. While at U of C he participated in a NIH funded research project exploring how med school curriculum influences interest in primary care and he conducted research on STD testing on female sex workers in India. He served on his medical school’s diversity and inclusion steering committee, was the class representative on the Dean’s Council, was the co-founder and co-president of
Pritzker’s chapter of Doctor’s for America and was the co-president of his school’s FMIG. He facilitated discussion groups amongst co-students on topics of race, identity and class, was the co-president of his school’s AMSA chapter and the co-president of the Health Policy Interest Group. He volunteered at several free clinics, a domestic violence shelter and was a volunteer with regional Native American organizations. He co-led a course on health disparities along with several other required medical school courses and was a community service fellow. He was an associate board member for Urban Initiatives and he speaks some French.
Lucia Rodriguez, MD
Medical School:Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Lucia has focused much of her academic career on partnering advocacy with cultural
competency. In medical school she worked on a project assessing the barriers and access to health care of Latino populations, she worked on another project regarding resiliency in children of Flint who had experienced Adverse
Childhood Events and she studied accessibility to properly provided translator services for a population of Spanish speaking patients. She wrote a resolution for the AMA promoting LGBTQ/gender neutral intake forms and a similar resolution for the Michigan State Medical Society. She volunteered with the Hispanic Latino Collaborative and was a board member for her school’s chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility as well as the co-president of her school’s chapter of LMSA. She is fluent in Spanish.
Nicole Paprocki, DO
Medical School:Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Nicole is graduating at the top of her class as a member of Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society, was elected as a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was a Schweizer fellow through which she founded the Scholars de Salud Program which is a mentoring program for high school students serving to increase access to health careers and
education among youth from under-resourced backgrounds on Chicago’s Southwest side. She worked as a teacher through the Teach for America Program and is a National Health Service Scholar. She is the student board member for Family Medicine Midwest, is part of the AAFP Family Medicine Leads program, was awarded the TOUCH
award, the Osteopathic Family Medicine Student Award and the United States Public Health Service “Excellence in Public Health” award. She has held leadership positions in her medical school for the AMA, the ACOFP (American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians) and Chicago Scholars. She has done volunteer work with the refugee population of Chicago, was the student ambassador for The Health and Dignity of Women through Americans for UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) and has volunteered at various free clinics throughout Chicago and in Peru. She speaks some Spanish.
Stephen Whitfield, MD
Medical School:Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Stephen rotated with us on both inpatient and outpatient and was a great fit for Erie
clinic! He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During medical school he served on the Inclusion and Bias Task Force through which he helped to assess the curriculum for biases in education. He wrote a curriculum for health for incarcerated men at Cook County Jail and wrote several resolutions to the city regarding asking banks to divest from support of private prisons and the Dakota Access pipeline as well as asking the AAFP to write a position paper against medically unnecessary surgery in the intersex infant population (which was passed). He worked as a researcher for the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health investigating barriers to health care experienced by MSM. He speaks Spanish.
Ahmad Abdl-Haleem, DO
Medical School:Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Ahmad is a National Health Service Scholar with a life long dedication to caring for vulnerable and underserved populations. During Medial school he served on the board of the Muslim Student Association through which he helped to coordinate health care for underserved refugee populations. He also volunteered at the student run free clinic. In 2009, he traveled with a human rights organization to the Gaza strip where, in addition to assisting in providing health care, he helped transport and assemble playground equipment for children impacted by the ongoing unrest in that area. He speaks some Spanish.
Yasmine Goelzer, MD
Medical School:Rush Medical College
Yasmine served as a leader in her school's Med-Peds Interest Group. She volunteered at the school's free clinic and volunteered on medical mission trips to both Guatemala and Chile. Prior to medical school she spent a year as a chemistry teacher in a boarding school in Jordan followed by collaborating with elementary school teachers in developing science lessons while in college. She used her experience with education in medical school as an evaluator of the M1 student curriculum helping to develop improvements. She is fluent in Spanish and French and has served as a medical interpreter in both languages.
Lauren Knazze, MD
Medical School:University of Illinois Chicago
Lauren ia a native Chicagoan who was a member of her school's Urban Health Program that teaches leadership skills to people interested in advancing health equity and addressing health disparities. She has participated in research related to diabetes and gestational diabetes and has served as a mentor to multiple high school students interested in pursuing medicine as a career. She speaks some Spanish.
Ari Pence, MD
Medical School:University of Illinois Urbana
We loved Ari when she rotated with us. She has an extensive background in leadership. While in medical school she served as the Family Medicine Interest Group leader, the student government president and she founded THRIVE, a health and wellness program designed to introduce medical students to positive ways to cope with the extensive stressors of medical education. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for her commitment to community outreach, pre-med and medical student education and humanism in medicine. Prior to medical school she served as a associate visiting instructor to the University of Illinois teaching about social determinants of health and health disparities. She designed and led a study abroad course in Australia to teach undergraduates about the health and societal disparities between indigenous and non-indigenous Australian populations. During medical school, she was a teaching assistant in multiple classes and led multiple student volunteer activities earning her many awards. She is fluent in Spanish.
Julian Sacca-Schaeffer, MD
Medical School:Temple University
Julian is a native of NYC with a strong interest in community health and underserved care. He was a student leader for an after school program for elementary and middle school children helping with health and safety community education. He belonged to his school's family medicine interest group and volunteered at the community free clinic serving uninsured and undocumented immigrant populations. He is a musician who has used his musical skills to explore health and wellness through music and art. He speaks Spanish well.
Oanh Truong, MD
Medical School:Louisiana State University School of Medicine
Oanh immigrated from Vietnam with her family at a young age and grew up in Louisiana. Her back-ground inspired her commitment to addressing health disparities and serving vulnerable communities both in the US and abroad. She was an active volunteer in her medical school's clinic for the homeless population and participated in medical mission trips exploring and addressing disparities in underserved communities in Vietnam, Peru, Guatemala, and Haiti. She served as the President of her school's "Tiger Cubs", and organization which mentors at-risk youth in the community who aspire to careers in health care. She participated in a service learning program that explored leadership and quality improvement in care coordination at community health centers. She worked as a student advocate helping to educate Asian American and Pacific Islander communities of policies and civil rights issues impacting them and advocating for them on a legislative level. She is fluent in Vietnamese.
Kevin Volkema, DO
Medical School:Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Kevin is committed to caring for vulnerable populations as demonstrated by his extensive volunteer and leadership work at his school's student run free clinic as well as serving on a medical mission trip to Nicaragua earning him the community service TOUCH award 2 years in a row. He served as the Vice President of his school's Student Osteopathic Medical Association and helped to coordinate curriculum around advocacy and fundraising. He speaks Spanish well.
Evan Wittke, MD
Medical School:Loyola University
Evan has a strong commitment to serving vulnerable and marginalized populations. Throughout medical school he volunteered with the Homeless Ministry providing mobile health care to this at risk population. He also volunteered medical services and mentorship in an overnight shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth. He worked with a medical student organization providing mentorship and education to at risk high school students in the community interested i pursuing careers in health care. He served in a leadership role for a LGBTQ student run interest group and served on the admissions and recruitment committee for his school. Time he spent working in a HIV clinic sparked an interest in him to continue working with the HIV population. He speaks some Spanish.
Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH
Medical School:Loyola Medical School
In her prior life, Michelle worked in Washington DC as a policy and Public Affairs intern, a Domestic Policy intern for the Committee on Energy and Commerce. She was one of the interns selected for the inaugural class under President Obama and worked on drafting health care legislation including the ACA. She was a coordinator of her medical school's free health clinic, co-founded an interest group called Business in Medicine, served as a representative advising the Consortium of Universities for Global Health in Washington DC and worked a live-in volunteer at a home for migrant women and children from Central and South America. She also participated in several international medical mission trips, canvassed her neighborhood in support of the creation of a community mental health facility, and completed multiple presentations on issues such as understanding of the ACA, water resources in Uganda, gun violence, medical ethics, care for the homeless and managing fear in medicine. She is intermediate to advanced in her Spanish speaking skills.
Amarpreet Everest, DO
Medical School:Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Amarpreet served as her school class president and her student council president where she was elected to a national council to meet with other student council presidents. She served as the California student delegate for the American Osteopathic Association. She founded an interprofessional musical group that met on a regulate bases and played for residents of a group home for the elderly. She also co-founded an organization dedicated to providing health education and services to communities throughout California, organized a group to raise funds for college scholarships for under privileged students and also organized and worked with various youth camps across California as well as Texas and Wisconsin. Amarpreet speaks basic Spanish.
Caitlin Farrell, DO, MPH
Medical School:University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Caitlin was part of a research project where she lived in a hospice center and volunteered with patients at the end of life, was a population health scholar at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she completed a project to improve communication between a homeless population and their healthcare providers and served as an American Medical Student Association Patients Safety Scholar while in medical school. She completed several courses on leadership, served as the President for her school's chapter of Physicians for a National Health Policy, was a Quality Improvement Intern at Boston Medical Center. She has multiple publications and presentations on various topics including addiction medicine and hospice care.
Wesley Gibbert, MD, MPH
Medical School:University of Illinois, Chicago
Wesley participated in the Urban Medicine Program at UIC where he was a project team member for the male health forum. He served as the program improvement chair for the Community Health Association of Students which worked with administration at SLU College for Public Health and Social Justice working on curricular improvements. He completed a thesis project with the Institute of Family Health on medical anthropology and public health and worked on several research projects regarding evidence based medicine specifically focusing on community gardens, adherence to preventive medicine guidelines and evidence based medicine public health courses.
Kevin Hu, MD
Medical School:Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY
Kevin has been actively involved in organizational leadership and systems improvement of his medial school's free clinic. He helped to develop technology driven infrastructure to improve care delivery and was actively involved sustainability planning and mentorship of ongoing clinic staffing. He co-founded the local school chapter of the Primary Care Progress national organization and was a human rights and social justice fellow at the Mt Sinai Human Rights Clinic where they offer medical assessments and care to asylum seekers. He designed a user experience for a mobile medical app which earned him the innovation Award from the Mr. Sinai IT officer. While in medical school, he co-founded a start-up software company that provides a custom point of care reference app as a service that is now available at 7 different clinical locations. He has won multiple awards in medical school and has multiple publications and presentations about medical studies and health information technology.
Laura Kahn, MD, MPH
Medical School:University of Colorado Medical School
In her prior life, Laura worked as a Certified Nurses Aid following which she spent 4 years in DR Congo as Director of the organization Working Villages International helping to convert a small model farm into what is not the largest food producer and employer in the region. She later served as a Personal Care Coordinator in a residential program for women suffering from addiction, sexual abuse and trauma and served as a support coordinator for residential adults suffering from severe mental illness. She taught English as a second language, was an intern for the Obama "Get out the Vote" campaign, was a Team Leader for for an AHEC health scholars program and participated in a medical school leadership track focused on addressing social determinants of health, cultural context and the legislative process. She served as an alternate delegate to the Colorado Medical Society, Secretary of her Medical Student Council and co-edited her medical school journal of poetry, prose, photography and graphic art. She interned with Colorado Consumer Health Initiative looking to barriers for people trying to enroll in healthcare expansion and completed her capstone project on a historical analysis of the factors leading experiences in DR and caring for the uninsured. Laura speaks basic to intermediate Spanish.
Jennifer MacDonald, MD, MPH
Medical School:University of Illinois, Chicago
Jennifer graduated AOA from UIC with a Masters in Bioinformatics along with her MPH. She was the secretary of her class, served as a Breastfeeding peer counselor and was co-founder and co-president of her school's Medical Students with Families organization. Jennifer was awarded the One Year Focused Leadership Certification by the Chicago Medical Student Council for her service in leadership in presentations on breastfeeding support and education. Jennifer speaks basic Spanish, French, and ASL.
Christopher Smyre, MD, MA
Medical School:University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
While in medical school, Chris was also attending Divinity School and received his master's in theological ethics. He completed the Medical Education Scholarship Track at Pritzker, and was selected as the 2017 Pritzer School of Medicine, University of Chicago Family Medicine Student of the Year for his sustained interest and commitment to primary care, community service, and scholarly work. Following his first year of medical school, Chris was selected to participate in the NIH-funded Pritzker Summer Research Program, and he researched "Physicians' experiences and beliefs in addressing the spiritual suffering of patients". His scholarly work led to presentations and publications regarding physicians and spirituality in medicine. He is currently working on a project addressing burn out in educators at schools for special needs children and their comfort in addressing these issues with their health care providers. He served as his school's chapter President of the SNMA and served at the national level as the subcommittee chair for the National Leadership Institute within Internal Affairs and as Coordinator in the SNMA Future Leadership Program where he mentored other medical students into leadership positions. He also served on the advisory board for his university's office of Multicultural Student Affairs and has facilitated multiple discussion groups that talked about culture, identity, and maximizing the college experience.