Sunday, March 30, 2014

Introducing the Next Generation of Leaders in Primary Care for the Underserved!

Friday, March 21st was an exciting day because we learned who our next class of primary care residents will be!  Our program -SFPC- is the San Francisco General Primary Care Track, which is part of the Univ of California, San Francisco Internal Medicine Residency.  We recruit medical students that are interested in primary care for underserved populations.

Without further ado... our new 8 residents!

Jamie Carter is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While at UNC, she obtained her MPH and studied factors associated with the overuse of cancer screening tests.  She was active in Physicians for Human Rights, the student-run free clinic, and did peer teaching in epidemiology and statistics.  She has participated in service projects in Latin America, and does local political advocacy for health care access in North Carolina.

Natalie Combs is from Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine (undergrad at Brown University).  While at OHSU, Natalie was a member of the board of directors of the national organization, Medical Students for Choice.  She has also worked on numerous research projects pertaining to the reproductive health of women.  Prior to medical school, she worked in several capacities, serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer, helping to manage an acupuncture office, and doing volunteer gardening & consulting work.

Amanda Johnson is from Harvard University (undergraduate at Stanford University).  She also has an MBA from Harvard.  While at Harvard, Amanda was very active with the Crimson Care Collaborative, serving at various points in time as a Funding Coordinator, Site Representative, and Administrative Chair of the Umbrella Board.  She has worked on a variety of projects including consulting in Ghana, authoring health policy teaching materials, peer mentoring, and guidance on primary care education in medical school.

Elaine Khoong is from Washington University in St. Louis (undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania).  Prior to medical school, Elaine 9th-11th graders in earth science, chemistry, and environmental science through Teach for America, based in Chicago.  While in medical school, she co-founded a Continuing Mentor program to connect Wash U graduate students as long-term mentors for local high school students. She also served as the SNMA Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program Coordinator and served as the medical school Class President in 2013.

Sam Miller is from Brown University in Rhode Island (Columbia undergrad).  Originally from Texas, he had several careers before medical school, including restaurant work, field biology, and shipyard operations.  At Brown he has been working with incarcerated, HIV positive patients, and has assisted in developing a rapid HIV screening protocol for the VA Homeless PACT (Patient Aligned Care Team). 

Braden Mogler is from UCLA/Drew Medical School (Pepperdine undergrad).  While at Drew, he has done research with Martin Shapiro studying barriers to optimal management of chronic disease, also studying possible behavioral tools to aid adherence.  In addition, he helped coordinate the global health interest group, and has several experiences in Central and South America working on service projects with youth. He is interested in continuing to work with immigrant populations.

Malia Paik-Nicely is from the University of California, San Francisco's Joint Medical Program (undergrad at the University of California, Santa Cruz).  While in medical school, she did her Master's Thesis work in access to family planning services for obese women. She has also been a student leader in Medical Students for Choice and volunteered at the Berkeley Suitcase Clinic's Youth Clinic.  She is a National Health Service Corps Scholar who is committed to four years of primary care in an underserved community upon completion of residency training.

Christy Soran is from the University of Pennsylvania (undergrad at Boston College).  Prior to medical school, she worked as a research assistant studying the impact of health IT on quality of care and patient safety.  She then went to Johns Hopkins to pursue her Masters in Public Health.  While at Penn, she has been active with the student-run free clinic, UCC, as the hypertension coordinator and she has been a regular volunteer at the needle-exchange clinic.  She was also selected as a Doctoring Course student facilitator, teaching her peers about professional development.

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