Name: Sara Arastoo Hometown: Irvine, CA Undergrad: UC Irvine Major: Biological Sciences Future Plans: Anesthesiology What makes a good day in medicine great? Having a good laugh with a patient.
Name: Yosselin Arroyo-Galvan Hometown: Bellflower, CA and Mexico City, Mexico Undergrad: Azusa Pacific UniversityMajor: BiologyGraduate Institution & Degree: Keck School of Medicine at USC - MS in Global MedicineFuture Plans: Family Medicine, Following residency I will be serving the Navy as an active duty physician. What makes a good day in medicine great? Bridging understanding of medicine to the patient and family and creating an environment of collaboration.Moments of camaraderie with colleagues in medicine, and sharing a good meal.
Name: Yvorn "Doc" Aswad Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Undergrad: Stanford University Major: Human Biology Major, African and African-American Studies Minor Future Plans: Triple Board (Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) What makes a good day in medicine great? High fives from five-year-olds, nerdy jokes with teenagers, and smiles from patients with no teeth of any age. And music. Lots of it.
Name: Saul Barajas NunoHometown: Guadalajara, Jalisco and Indio, California Major: BiologyUndergrad: University of California Riverside Future Plans: Internal Medicine. Practice in medically underserved communities What makes a good day in medicine great? Being able to positively impact people's lives on an everyday basis.
Name: Anthony Bui Hometown: Orange, CA Undergrad: UC Berkeley Major: Economics and Public HealthGraduate Institution & Degree: University of Washington - MPH in Global Health Metrics and Evaluation Future Plans: Pediatrics with Community Advocacy, Health Services Research, and Public Health What makes a good day in medicine great? Doing right by your patient, so that you may have contributed not only to improving their health, but also to promoting equity and combating injustices.
Name: Alessandra Chen Hometown: Folsom, CA Undergrad: Haverford College Major: Biology Future Plans: Dermatology What makes a good day in medicine great? A good day in medicine is great when you walk into a hospitalized patient’s room and the curtains are open, natural sunlight floods the room, and the patient is showered, dressed in their own clothes, and smiling - ready to go home.
Name: Jennifer Cohenmehr Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Undergrad: UC Santa Barbara Major: Biology Major and Music Minor Graduate Institution & Degree: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA - MPHFuture Plans: Psychiatry and Public Health What makes a good day in medicine great? My most gratifying experiences in medicine occur outside the traditional contexts of medical care—sitting streetside with a patient experiencing homelessness and building trust with someone who previously had negative experiences with healthcare.
Name: Marquell Craddock Hometown: Chicago, IL Undergrad: UC Berkeley Major: Public Health Graduate Institution & Degree: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - MPH Future Plans: Psychiatry residency, research seeking to alleviate mood disorders at the community level to enhance medical compliance of underlying chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease What makes a good day in medicine great? Bringing someone, whether it is a patient, healthcare staff, or family member, to a smile amidst all odds.
Name: Kara Faktor Hometown: Golden, CO Undergrad: Brandeis University Major: Neuroscience, Hispanic Studies, Biology Future Plans: General Surgery, Global Health What makes a good day in medicine great? Connecting with patients and their families in a meaningful way and helping them to navigate the healthcare system to access the care they need.
Name: Jeremy Flores Hometown: Fontana, CA Undergrad: UCLA Major: Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Future Plans: Psychiatry, I want to work towards a fellowship in Public Psychiatry. Eventually I would love to work in the county system and be involved with mental healthcare policy What makes a good day in medicine great? When I sit down with my patients for 10 min and just talk to them about something other than what brought them to the hospital. It really puts things in perspective to make a connection on a human to human level.
Name: Alexandra (AJ) Greene Hometown: Santa Monica, CA Undergrad: Duke University Major: Biology and History Majors Graduate Institution & Degree: Loyola Marymount University - MA in Urban Education: Administration & PolicyFuture Plans: General Surgery Residency: Provide access to quality surgical care for underserved patients, become a medical educator, and affect change at the policy level as a Trauma Surgeon. What makes a good day in medicine great? Building trust, dispelling patients’ fears of surgery, and solving an acute problem in the OR. Celebrating operative triumphs; seeing a patient smile knowing they are healthy and value your efforts.t
Name: Cynthia He Hometown: Davis, CA Undergrad: Stanford University Major: Biological Sciences Graduate Institution & Degree: UC Los Angeles - Ph.D. in NeuroscienceFuture Plans: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry with research and teaching What makes a good day in medicine great? Building a meaningful connection with and learning from a patient, and helping her/him/them feel heard and empowered in their healthcare.
Name: Cher Huang Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (but born in Canada!) Undergrad: MIT Major: Biology Future Plans: Medicine-Pediatrics What makes a good day in medicine great? Getting a hug from a patient :)
Name: Peter Konyn Hometown: Durham, CA Undergrad: UC Davis Major: Pharmaceutical Chemistry Major, Chicana/o Studies Minor Future Plans: Internal medicine. Interested in Transplant Hepatology. What makes a good day in medicine great?A good day in medicine becomes great when everyone is feeling better than they were yesterday.
Name: Leonel Martinez Hometown: North Hollywood, CA Undergrad: UCLA Major: PsychoBiology Major and Chicana/o Studies Minor Future Plans: Family Medicine. I plan to return to my low socioeconomic community. What makes a good day in medicine great? After almost dying in my teens, any day in medicine is a great day. More so with the privilege of helping others with their health.
Name: Subha Mohan Hometown: San Jose, CA Undergrad: UC Berkeley Major: Molecular Environmental Biology Future Plans: Pediatrics! What makes a good day in medicine great? Connecting with kids and their families, getting to work with an awesome team, and knowing that there’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be!
Name: Damond Ng Hometown: San Francisco, CA Undergrad: UCLA Major: Biochemistry Future Plans: Internal Medicine, MPH in Health Policy & Management, medical education. After residency, my goal is to practice in urban underserved communities and alleviate health disparities. What makes a good day in medicine great? Having a meaningful moment—a laugh, smile, silence, or tears—with patients since a normal day for us is often the scariest for them.
Name: Collin Price Hometown: Raleigh, NC Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill Major: Biology and Psychology Future Plans: I will be applying into psychiatry and plan to pursue an academic career incorporating clinical work, teaching, and neuroscience research. What makes a good day in medicine great? I've found that the days I leave the hospital feeling energized and content are often some of my busiest days, with lots of patient interactions. I love when I am able to spend a lot of time talking to patients or their families; I feel like I am providing them with an extra source of information and reassurance that they otherwise wouldn't get.
Name: Lisa Quach Hometown: San Jose, CA Undergrad: UC Davis Major: Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Future Plans: Internal Medicine What makes a good day in medicine great? Getting to know my patients and their goals, questions, and fears... and figuring out how I can help them and their family through it all!
Name: Jose Sanchez-Cruz Hometown: San Diego, CA Undergrad: UC San Diego Major: Biology Future Plans: Entering the field of psychiatry to explore the mind and soul What makes a good day in medicine great? When you see your residency or attending effortlessly connecting with a patient and you think "that's the kind of physician I want to be"
Name: Marina "Molly" Sprague Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA Undergrad: Middlebury College Major: Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and Spanish Graduate Institution & Degree: George Washington University - MS in Crime Scene InvestigationFuture Plans: Internal Medicine What makes a good day in medicine great? Connecting. Whether it be through a clasp of hands, a bedside joke, or a tearstained hint of a smile. Coming together to acknowledge what really matters.
Name: Tajah Tubbs Hometown: Moorpark. CA Undergrad: Stanford University Major: Human Biology Graduate Institution & Degree: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - MPH Future Plans: Emergency Medicine residency with some work in quality improvement and operations management What makes a good day in medicine great? Every time a patient smiles
Name: Casey Weiser Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA Undergrad: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo Major: Psychology and Cognitive Science Future Plans: Family Medicine - Rural Underserved What makes a good day in medicine great? A spare moment at the bedside to connect with my patient or their family makes a good day great. Every patient has an important lesson to teach!
Name: Alexis Woods Hometown: Jacksonville, FL Undergrad: UC Berkeley Major: Molecular and Cell Biology with an emphasis in Neurobiology Future Plans: General Surgery, then vascular or surg onc fellowship What makes a good day in medicine great? Any day in the OR! When the patient does well, with no complications. When a patient feels well taken care of and let’s you know.
Name: Marcela Zhou Huang Hometown: Mexicali, BC, Mexico and Calexico, CA Undergrad: UC San Diego Major: Human Biology Graduate Institution & Degree: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - MPH in Health PolicyFuture Plans: Internal Medicine What makes a good day in medicine great? Connecting with patients and their loved ones