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Darcy Benedict, a 2014 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine enrolled in the joint MD/MPH program. She graduated from Colgate University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. At Colgate, Darcy was the first student to be awarded the Jim P. Manzi Fellowship for two consecutive years to engage in clinical volunteer work at Boston-area mental health and safety-net hospitals. She was also awarded the Native American Studies Award for Service for her leadership and advocacy as President of the Native American Student Association to increase underrepresented minority student recruitment efforts. In her senior year at Colgate, Darcy was inducted into the peer-selected Konosioni Senior Honor Society for her exceptional leadership and dedication to community service.

Upon entering medical school, Darcy was selected for the Urban Medicine (UMed) Program, a special track for developing physician-leaders to provide care for underserved urban communities, and the Patient-Centered Medicine (PCM) Scholars Program for students committed to social responsibility, community service, and patient welfare. As a member of UMed, Darcy has focused on providing health and wellness education to Chicago's Native American community; in 2012, she was invited to give a talk on nutrition and obesity at the annual American Indian Heritage Celebration at UIC. As a PCM Scholar, Darcy has worked with Chicago's homeless population providing care for individuals awaiting shelter placement.

While in medical school, Darcy has also engaged in several policy and advocacy initiatives. In her 2nd year, Darcy was a founding member of Students for Affordable Medical Education, a group which successfully reversed a 21% tuition increase at the College of Medicine in the interest of preserving UIC's diversity and social mission. Also at UIC, Darcy has continued to develop a curricular health disparities seminar to improve medical students' understanding of the social determinants of health.

In addition to her institutional contributions, Darcy also serves on Students for a Healthy Chicago, a student advisory committee to the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. As a committee member, Darcy has engaged in public health policy development, and testified before the Chicago City Council in support of two tobacco control ordinances, which passed earlier this year. For these accomplishments, Darcy has been awarded the UIC Urban Health Program's Health Equity Pioneer Award, and was recently inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society, a national organization recognizing students who are role models of humanistic care in their communities.

As a family physician, Darcy's vision is to unite patient-centered, compassionate care with community outreach and advocacy to empower patients and their communities, and advance health equity for everyone, especially for the most marginalized populations.


Alyssa Shell, a 2014 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) earning her MD/PhD in Population Health Sciences. Alyssa graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard University. She also received a Certificate in Health Policy, which provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the structure of the United States healthcare system. As an undergraduate, Alyssa received two Harvard College Research Program Grant (HCRP) awards, which provided financial support for student-initiated scholarly research guided by faculty. The first grant helped Alyssa perform public health research in Santiago, Chile, and the second grant supported her research on the experiences of low-income Mexican American women with type 2 diabetes in New Mexico. Alyssa's interest in Latino health continued as a graduate student at UTMB where her dissertation investigated the relationship between neighborhood racial segregation and Latino mental health.

While in medical school, Alyssa received the John P. McGovern Student Award in Oslerian Medicine, which is given to a student who demonstrates compassion, professionalism, and commitment to science-based medicine and life-long learning. She is also a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. In 2012, she received the United States Public Health Services Excellence in Public Health Award for her commitment to public health practice through service and leadership. She was also awarded the Peyton and Lydia Schapper Endowed Scholarship given to a student with an interest in gerontology or health promotion who has demonstrated outstanding professional and personal leadership among peers. Alyssa volunteered for three years and then served as the Director of St. Vincent's Student Clinic at UTMB, a free clinic serving low-income persons in the surrounding area. As a member of the Texas Academy of Family Physicians (TAFP), she was given the honor to represent Texas medical students as the Delegate to the National Congress in Kansas City this year. Just recently, Alyssa was awarded the Weldon G. Kolb, M.D. Medical Student Scholarship from the TAFP Foundation. This award is given to a student who meets high academic standards and expresses a commitment to family medicine.

Alyssa has a patient-centered attitude that started in high school during a summer volunteer program in Kenya where she taught classes on HIV education. As her interest in health disparities continued, she pursued additional opportunities such as working for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services after entering college. Alyssa's medical and graduate coursework solidified her commitment to family medicine and community health research. Her career goals include practicing full-spectrum family medicine, working to alleviate health care disparities, especially in rural areas, and to eventually become a leader in healthcare policy.


Nicholas Kenji Taylor, a 2014 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania). He graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University earning degrees in East Asian Studies and Neuroscience. He also completed a Masters in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship Engineering at Brown.

At Brown as a Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Kenji was deeply involved in community service learning, including founding an SAT prep program for low-income youth in Providence still running today. During his junior year abroad in Japan with support from the Miller Scholarship, he investigated healthcare access for undocumented foreign workers for his senior honors thesis. Additionally Kenji explored his entrepreneurial spirit, interning with Goldman Sachs and writing a business plan to commercialize a neurotechnology developed at Brown.

After college, Kenji worked in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo through a managerial training program with The Capital Group Companies. It was his volunteer work with the board of a federally-qualified health center in LA that convinced him social justice via medicine was the path for him.

Kenji returned to medical school to provide care for individuals from underserved communities and apply his business experience to improve health systems. He was humbled to be named one of ten Gamble Scholars, Penn's highest merit award. In his first year of medical school, Kenji managed The Cut Hypertension Program in which medical students visit African American barbershops to perform blood pressure screenings and educate customers about the silent dangers of hypertension. He continued throughout medical school to build this program via an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and United Health Foundation award. To understand and improve the health system for underserved communities abroad, Kenji had the opportunity to work with Wharton researchers, management consultants and mothers2mothers in South Africa to build a system that followed mothers infected with HIV through the process of preventing HIV transmission to their infants.

Through The CDC Experience Applied Epidemiology Fellowship, Kenji recently spent a year away from medical school working on global pediatric HIV care and treatment research, technical support and health policy in Namibia and Malawi. Upon completion of the fellowship, he returned to the East Arkansas Family Health Center, a community health center where he previously spent time as a third-year providing primary care to Arkansas's most vulnerable underserved populations. To recognize his efforts in the local and global health community, classmates and faculty elected him to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Kenji envisions his future in family medicine as the privilege to provide one-on-one primary care to individuals in his local community as well as strengthen systems of health and preventative services to the most vulnerable populations around the world.

Jessica Johnson, MD, a 2011 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UConn) where she also completed her Master in Public Health. She is currently a 3rd-year resident in Portland, Oregon. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) with a Bachelor of Arts in French and was a Dean's List recipient and a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.

Prior to medical school, Jessica worked for a few years as a risk analyst for an insurance broker and a risk advising company. While finding this to be a valuable experience, Jessica missed working with people and communities in a meaningful way, and it was during this time that she rekindled an earlier interest in medicine. She then worked as an emergency medical technician for two years before entering medical school. During her first year of medical school, Jessica was accepted into the Urban Service Track (UST), a university-wide interdisciplinary program in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and dentistry preparing students for service to urban vulnerable populations. Jessica was among the first to receive the UST Leadership Award, given for leadership and community service within the Urban Service Track Program. She was recently asked to serve as a student mentor in the program.

In the summer and fall following her first year in medical school, Jessica co-organized the annual UConn Migrant Farm Workers Clinic. The mobile free clinic visits farm worker barracks across the state to provide primary care and referrals to community health centers when needed. She worked with two other medical students and staff to coordinate the program. Over the season, they served over 1250 patients. Also during her first year of medical school, Jessica re-started the school's Family Medicine Interest Group, which is now thriving. Jessica has volunteered with South Park Inn Clinic, a student-run free clinic, since beginning medical school, and has sat on the board for three years. She was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2010. Last year, Jessica spent a year as a health policy intern with the Primary Care Coalition of Connecticut while completing MPH coursework. She assisted in facilitating strategic planning for a coalition of 17 primary care provider groups and relevant stakeholders and provided policy analysis and testimony during the legislative session. Jessica has also served as the student member on the Board of the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians, FMIG Regional Coordinator, Student Delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates, and student representative to the Primary Care Coalition of Connecticut. Most recently, she was nominated as the Student Member of the Board of Directors of the AAFP.

In her future career as a family physician, Jessica looks forward to providing full-spectrum care in diverse communities and to implementing creative approaches to health promotion and social justice. She plans to combine her clinical practice with teaching of medical students and residents and with continued advocacy for patients, communities, and system-wide health care reform.

her future career as a family physician, Jessica looks forward to providing full-spectrum care in diverse communities and to implementing creative approaches to health promotion and social justice. She plans to combine her clinical practice with teaching of medical students and residents and with continued advocacy for patients, communities, and system-wide health care reform.

Alexandra Hunt, MD, a 2011 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and is currently a 3rd-year resident in Sacramento, California. She graduated with Honors from the University of California Santa Cruz with a Bachelor's degree in Art. Alexandra was team captain of the UC Santa Cruz Women's soccer team and named NCAA All-Western Region Women's Soccer Player of the Year during her junior year. That same year, the team also advanced to the NCAA National Championship for the first time in the team's history and then again the following year.

Prior to entering medical school, Alexandra worked for a couple years as an office assistant and facilities coordinator for a church in Santa Cruz. During this time, she also coached women's and girls' soccer teams in the area. She later worked for one year as a health educator and volunteer assistant at a rural health clinic in El Salvador. Alexandra points to this experience as a turning point in her life when she decided to actively pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a physician. Following her time in El Salvador, while pursuing medical school prerequisite courses, Alexandra worked as a comprehensive perinatal health worker for the Comprehensive Perinatal Support Program of California. During this time, she also volunteered with the Burn Intensive Care Unit of a local hospital- an experience that she describes as crystallizing her commitment to community education and burn prevention that can be effectively carried out as a family physician and community leader.

Alexandra is a Board member and volunteer for the Children's Health International Medical Project of Seattle. She served as a translator and Cultural Ambassador for June Medical Team trips to rural El Salvador on three separate occasions. She is also the coordinator and a volunteer with the Perinatal Care Project. This project pairs a medical student with a young, single woman who is a participant in the program. The student attends prenatal appointments, labor and delivery, and postpartum check-ups alongside the participants. Alexandra has been involved in and a leader with UW's Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) for the last two years, helping organize and implement multiple FMIG events.

Alexandra has continued her community service throughout medical school. She has volunteered with the free sports medicine clinic, the Latina Health Fair, the Aloha Inn Clinic and currently with the Dermatology Clinic for Homeless Men and Women and the Casa Latina Clinic. Alexandra is also currently a member of the Latino Medical Student Association and UW's Global Health Pathway and Hispanic Health Pathway. She is the recent recipient of the SPARX/CHAP Exceptional Participation Award, which is given to those students who demonstrate a major commitment to the program by their volunteer service.

Alexandra remains passionate about pursuing a career in Family Medicine within the setting of a rural-designated area in need of primary care providers where she can come alongside the community in order to empower its members to reach their health advancement goals.

Nathan Kittle, a 2011 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where he is also earned his Master in Bioethics and Health Policy. He is currently a 2nd-year resident in Seattle, Washington. Nathan graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. He has been actively involved in community service both nationally and locally. During college, he participated in and led numerous service trips to poverty stricken areas in the United States. Nathan also served as a resident advisor his last two years at Creighton and as an intramural sports supervisor and referee for three years.

After graduating from Creighton, Nathan spent a year as a full-time volunteer with Amate House, a young adult volunteer program inspired by the social mission of the Catholic Church, which is dedicated to service and committed to building a more just and loving society. With the Amate House program, Nathan worked as a case manager at the Marjorie Kovler Center for the Treatment of Survivors of Torture—an experience that he says taught him lessons he could not have learned any other way and which still inspire his current life and will continue to shape his future.

As a medical student, Nathan has continued his academic achievement and commitment to service. He has received a number of scholarships, including an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Additionally, Nathan was chosen for a Dean's Development Award to complete his master's degree at Loyola. Nathan was also recently selected as one of only a few students to represent the Loyola school of medicine in a leadership development program put in place to help discover ways the health system can better serve patients, improve clinical service, and enhance medical education.

As a Loyola Global Health Fellow, Nathan recently began a fellowship in Palacios, Bolivia. This one-year fellowship is part of a four-year longitudinal Global Health Scholars program at Loyola and will focus on health care delivery in resource-poor settings. He will work closely with the local Bolivian staff and community health workers to develop community based projects for the surrounding communities of Palacios.

Nathan is also a member of the Center for Service and Global Health (CSGH) Student Advisory Board. The goal of the CSGH is to bring Loyola's many service projects and international projects under one umbrella, allowing students to collaborate with each other and faculty to expand their outreach. His most important activity he led as part of the CSGH was organizing Loyola's first annual "Mission in Action: Loyola Day of Service." This project introduces students to the community they will call home for the next four years and gives them the opportunity to volunteer in different areas, ranging from collecting trash on a local prairie path to working with the local Fine Arts Association.

In his future career as a family physician, Nathan hopes to continue working among underserved communities both locally and abroad. He specifically has a heart for working with refugee communities and hopes to work to improve their care and bring attention to their struggles by remaining involved in academic medicine and policy work.

Lara Jirmanus, MD, a 2008 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMass) and is currently a 3rd-year resident in Boston, Massachusetts. Lara graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biophysics. She was awarded the Harvard College Scholarship for Academic Achievement each of her four years there.

After college, Lara worked as a community organizer, building community coalitions in support of local labor campaigns, immigrant rights and universal healthcare. She also interned for a summer with the HIV/AIDS Department of the World Health Organization, and interned two consecutive summers with the Women's Humanitarian Organization in Beirut, Lebanon. In Beirut, Lara volunteered with a family doctor in a local medical clinic in a refugee camp.

As a medical student, Lara excelled academically and in leadership. She helped organize relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina at UMass, planning a talent show and art auctions to raise money for hurricane victims. She served as student coordinator of the UMass Chapter of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, a national network of students working to ensure that the discoveries of university researchers are affordable and accessible in developing countries. Lara also served on the national coordinating committee, helping to plan the national conference in Cambridge, MA. In recognition of her leadership efforts, Lara's classmates awarded her with the Student Body Committee Leadership Award. She also volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights at UMass and the Worcester Immigrants Rights Coalition, and she is a founding member of the Central Massachusetts Coalition for Middle East Peace.

Lara has also worked with several community organizations, including the Worcester Immigrant Rights Coalition, Women Together, and the African Health Committee. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow during 2006-07, Lara collaborated with a community health center in Worcester, MA to organize focus groups to assess obstacles to health care and to ensure solutions based on the findings that would guide future health policy. Lara's experience working with the community health center inspired her, along with three fellow classmates, to develop and coordinate an optional elective course for medical students called, "The Bigger Picture: Health Issues Affecting the Community of Worcester." In her future career as a family physician, Lara states that she looks forward to caring for diverse individuals and their families in underserved communities, and continuing her work in community health centers, building relationships with local organizations and working together to develop health interventions.

Pamela Ferry, MD, a 2009 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and is currently a 3rd-year resident in Wichita, Kansas. A National Merit Scholar, she graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology. She also received a Master of Health Science with a major in International Health from Johns Hopkins University. As a Liberty Hyde Bailey fellow at Cornell University, Pamela completed doctoral coursework for her PhD before deciding to pursue her medical degree.

From 1992-1996, Pamela served as a missionary with the Mennonite Central Committee in Yapacani, Bolivia working as a regional coordinator and health educator. During her four years there, she coordinated health promotion activities, including community health and nutrition education; training of community health promoters; water and sanitation projects; immunization campaigns; and agriculture and animal husbandry projects to improve economic and nutritional status. After returning from Bolivia, Pamela joined Baylor, where she was the assistant director for the Center for Educational Outreach and an assistant professor of Allied Health Sciences. At Baylor, she oversaw programs to increase access to medical careers for underrepresented college students, including enrichment experiences, mentoring and educational research. Pamela was instrumental in the development of the Texas Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), which is now a well-established state-wide program available to economically disadvantaged students.

During a brief hiatus from Baylor, Pamela spent two years directing a community-based breast-cancer project for uninsured women. She also volunteered with a number of organizations, including the Texas Children's Hospital and a teen girls' discipleship group at her local church. In addition, Pamela served for over ten years as a team leader on annual mission trips to Montero, Bolivia. She organized, led and translated for a team of medical professionals and volunteers who provided care to indigent families and a girls' orphanage. Recently, Pamela also participated in a medical mission trip to Riombamba, Ecuador. Pamela received the DeBakey Scholar award from Baylor, which is awarded each year to a 4th-year medical student in honor of Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. Pamela's professional goals include a commitment to advocacy and involvement in research on underserved care, international medical and public health work, and a PCMH-model medical practice in an underserved population.

Kathleen Barnes, a 2012 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from Harvard Medical School and is currently a 2nd-year resident in Seattle, Washington. She graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She was a Boston College Dean Scholar her junior and senior years and received the Knights of Columbus Scholarship for her four years of undergraduate studies. In addition, she was chosen as one of 15 students to receive the Boston College Presidential Scholarship, also a 4-year scholarship. During college, Kathleen spent a summer and semester in South Africa and Tanzania conducting research for her thesis and participating in service learning.

During the year after college, Kathleen volunteered with The Los Angeles Free Clinic as a medical assistant to family doctors, working to coordinate daily primary care clinics for a patient panel of 16,000 uninsured, low-income persons. She also volunteered with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Kathleen continued her leadership and community service throughout medical school. She was the founding member of Primary Care Progress, a grassroots network of innovators, educators, trainees and advocates united by a new vision for revitalizing the primary care pipeline. In recognition of this role, Kathleen was appointed to the student member of the Dean's Primary Care Advisory Group, and served as co-leader of the Student Leadership Committee of the Harvard Center for Primary Care. She also led the local chapter of the Physicians for Human Rights and the Primary Care Interest Group at Harvard. She served as a student leader of Harvard's Family Medicine Interest Group since for three years and also volunteered with the Crimson Care Collaborative, Harvard's new student-faculty collaborative clinic.

Kathleen completed her Masters in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She spent a month conducting primary care research at the Center for Excellence in Primary Care at the University of California, San Francisco, with Dr. Kevin Grumbach and Dr. Thomas Bodenheimer as her mentors. Recently, she was published in the New England Journal of Medicine for a perspective piece on the developing vision of Primary Care.

She plans to practice full spectrum Family Medicine with an emphasis on women's health. She looks forward to becoming a leader in the transformation of how primary care is organized, financed, and delivered.

Stephanie Sandhu, a 2014 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Stephanie graduated summa cum laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Women's Studies English Literature. She was valedictorian of her high school, and for meeting rigorous academic credentials Stephanie was offered the University of Miami Foote Fellow scholarship. Stephanie was heavily involved in the student organization, S.T.A.N.D., throughout her undergraduate years. She worked on multiple campaigns related to labor and anti-gentrification issues alongside various other community and labor organizations. She was awarded the Thinking Outside of the Box Award by her peers for developing and installing a symbolic art piece on campus to attract campus members to obtain signatures of support for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers who fight for farmworker rights.

During her undergraduate junior year, Stephanie lived in her father's village in Punjab, India for a semester volunteering at a local clinic where she helped assist in child-care, dispensing medicines, and assisting in procedures. This experience helped her understand the importance of preventative medicine in primary care. After her first year of medical school, Stephanie again went abroad to Xela, Guatemala to participate in the Somos Hermanos Spanish Immersion program. This program focuses on barrier reduction in healthcare by supporting the development of bilingual and culturally competent health care providers.

While in medical school, Stephanie served as a student leader in the Culturally Effective Medicine curriculum, which she developed along with a few other classmates to teach culturally effective methods in medicine. She was also a student leader for the Stout Street Clinic where she managed and organized a weekly student-run clinic for the homeless. Stephanie served as the co-president of the Colorado Medical Society CU School of Medicine and was on the Board of Directors for the Colorado Medical Society in 2012. She still currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Medical Political Action Committee (COMPAC) as the medical student representative. Stephanie was the recipient of two scholarships, the Harry K. Albert Scholarship and the University Physicians Inc. scholarship in recognition for her commitment to enhancing the diversity of the student body and campus through community service. Also, she was recently chosen by her peers for induction into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Stephanie hopes that her experience in policy work along with her vision of addressing the social determinants of health inside and outside the office will allow her to justly serve the underserved as she moves forward in her career as a family physician.

Anthony Lim, MD, a 2009 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from Boston University School of Medicine (BU) and is currently a 3rd-year resident in Santa Rosa, California. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with distinction from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology. After graduation, he spent a year in Taiwan and China, fulfilling a lifelong dream to learn Mandarin. Upon returning to the U.S., Anthony gained a year of valuable business experience working at a management consulting firm. He subsequently attended Harvard Law School, graduating with Cum Laude Honors. While at Harvard, he obtained certification as a mediator under Massachusetts law and worked as a mediator for the Harvard Mediation Program. He also worked as a summer law clerk at the San Diego Public Defender's office, and as an intern with Health Law Advocates, where he provided legal counsel to low-income residents in Massachusetts who had been denied medically necessary services for insurance reasons.

Anthony was the recipient of an AmeriCorps educational award for one year of public service within an underserved community. During that time, he taught math at a tuition-free middle school for children from economically disadvantaged families. Prior to attending medical school, Anthony spent a year as a clinical research assistant at the Joslin Diabetes Center, working on a nationwide NIH study examining treatment options for type 2 diabetes in adolescents.

As a medical student at BU, Anthony continued his commitment to service. He was awarded a 2007-2008 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. During his fellowship, he organized and led weekly therapeutic sessions for homeless individuals recovering from illness, and he co-organized and moderated a homeless symposium. He later participated in the selection process for Schweitzer Fellows. Anthony also co-founded and co-led BU's Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). The organization grew from 10 to over 50 student members during his time of leadership. Anthony was inducted into the Gold Humanism and Honor Society, which honors medical students for "demonstrating excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service." In addition, Anthony participated in BU's Family Medicine Student Track, regularly participating in family medicine and primary care events, workshops, and meetings. Outside of school, Anthony enjoys hiking, bicycling, and spending time with his wife, Jean, and their son, Joshua.

As a family physician, Anthony looks forward to a career that combines patient care, clinical teaching, and working with the underserved. He intends to work relentlessly at the individual, community, and policy-wide level toward building healthier communities.

Jillian Fickenscher, a 2012 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where she also completed her Master in Public Health in Community-Oriented Primary Care. She is currently a 2nd-year resident in Omaha, Nebraska. Jillian graduated Summa Cum Laude with High Distinction from Hastings College, in Hastings, Nebraska, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She received numerous awards and scholarships at Hastings, including Hastings College's highest and most prestigious award, the Hastings College Walter Scott Scholarship, a 4-year scholarship awarded for superior academic achievement and expected contributions to the Hastings College campus. Jillian was named to the Dean's list each year and to Who's Who at Hastings College during her senior year. During college, she was also employed for three years as a ballet, tap, and pointe teacher and choreographer at a performing arts studio.

As a medical student, Jillian received many additional scholarships and awards, including the Service Learning Experience Student Leadership Award, the Nebraska Medical Association/COPIC Insurance Scholarship, and the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians Foundation's Student Scholarship and DeRoin Scholarships. Jillian was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She was a member of the Family Medicine Interest Group since beginning medical school, and for the last three years, served on UNMC's College of Medicine Admissions Committee.

Jillian was one of the first student members and President of "Do JuSTIce," an interprofessional, student-run program that formed in 2009 as a partnership between the Douglas County Jail in Omaha and UNMC. This program works to address the epidemic rates of sexually transmitted infections in Douglas County, which are some of the highest in the nation, by providing education, testing, and treatment to high-risk individuals in the jail. She has also been an avid volunteer for other underserved populations both home and abroad, participating in various community service programs, UNMC's "SHARING" Clinic for the underprivileged, and medical service trips to Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Jillian was selected to sub-intern in the Advanced Rural Training Program, as part of the Family Medicine Residency Program at UNMC. This program is offered to selected senior medical students, allowing entrance to UNMC's Family Medicine training in their fourth year. Jillian's selection to this program highlights her potential as a Family Physician, as it demonstrates her commitment to the specialty and will provide her with the advanced training needed for practice in a rural area. Jillian is dedicated to both Family Medicine and Public Health and plans to integrate their ideals to provide quality, respectful health care, education, promotion, and advocacy, to her future patients and community.

Steven Lin, MD, a 2009 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from Stanford School of Medicine and is currently a 3rd-year resident in San Jose, California. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. His work on eliminating health inequities nationally made him the American Red Cross "Person of the Year" at Duke, where he was also elected chapter president. He received three major fellowships, including a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Award, for his research on creating cancer vaccines. For his academic and humanitarian accomplishments, he was named a national semifinalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.

At Stanford, Steven joined the Asian Liver Center, the first non-profit organization in the country that addresses the disproportionate burden of hepatitis B and liver cancer in Asians. While spearheading outreach and educational projects both domestically and internationally in China, he conducted one of the largest epidemiological studies of hepatitis B in Asian Americans, which won honors from the American College of Preventive Medicine and became a landmark paper in Hepatology. He was also a key contributor to the Asian Liver Center's "Physician's Guide to Hepatitis B" – an evidence-based practice guideline funded by the CDC, now used by health departments across the country to educate their doctors and serve their communities. Later, he joined the Steering Committee for San Francisco Hep B Free, a citywide campaign to turn San Francisco into the first hepatitis B-free city in the nation. Working with the Department of Public Health and the California State Assembly, he helped create public and provider awareness about the importance of routine hepatitis B testing and vaccination, and ensure access to treatment for chronically infected individuals, especially for those who are unable to pay. During this time, he gave over a dozen presentations at major national conferences, rallying support for what the media called the "largest, most intensive healthcare campaign for Asian and Pacific Islanders in America."

Steven also received the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to start a free clinic for underserved Asians at risk for hepatitis B and liver cancer. In one year, the clinic served over five hundred uninsured immigrants with no access to care, and identified nearly one hundred individuals with chronic hepatitis B or liver cancer. His clinic attracted national media attention and was inducted into the National Task Force on Hepatitis B. In recognition of his work, Steven was awarded the American Academy of Family Physicians' Student Community Outreach Award.

Benjamin Preyss, MD, a 2011 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, with a combined MD/MBA degree. He is currently a 3rd-year resident in Chicago, Illinois. Benjamin graduated with honors from The University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development. He was a multiple Dean's List recipient and awarded Distinct Honors in Human Development by the University of Chicago Committee for Human Development for the presentation of his senior thesis. Benjamin was also captain of the men's varsity soccer team, receiving many accolades including First Team All-American. In addition, Benjamin worked as campus manager for Teach For America during the last two years of college and traveled to the indigenous villages of the Oaxaca Valley in Mexico as a student leader on multiple short-term medical mission trips.

Prior to medical school, Benjamin worked as a research consultant with one of the nation's leading research and consulting firms addressing the organization and financing of health care for vulnerable populations. It was through this experience that Benjamin began to understand how he could impact health services for medically vulnerable populations and stirred his desire to become a physician leader.

Since entering medical school, Benjamin has continued his community service and has received a number of awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. As a Schweitzer Fellow, he worked to create and implement a health and wellness curriculum for Urban Initiatives – an extracurricular program working with over 500 elementary students in some of Chicago's most underserved communities. Benjamin also recently began serving as a principal mentor to formerly homeless adolescents and young adults as part of a mentoring pilot program with Schweitzer Fellows For Life. During this time, he will offer advice and life skills to his mentees as they prepare to leave transitional housing and ultimately live independently.

Benjamin is also a member of UIC's Urban Medicine (UMed) program, a unique 4-year medical school curriculum preparing physician-leaders to serve urban communities. Most recently, he was recently inducted into UIC's chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, a national organization recognizing outstanding humanistic character and performance by medical students.

While completing his MBA curriculum, Benjamin was awarded the Grand Prize at UIC's campus-wide business competition for leading a management team in the creation of a business plan to establish a new faith-based community health center in Chicago's Humboldt Park community. In his role as Executive Director, Benjamin oversaw all of the original operational and strategic planning as well as seed-stage fundraising.

Benjamin plans to continue this type of work after residency. He envisions combining his skills as an administrative leader and a family physician to provide accessible, high quality, and comprehensive care to those communities and patients who remain most in need.

Max Goldstein, a 2014 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Max's interest and commitment to family medicine began when he was 15 years old, living in Caracas under the home of a Venezuelan doctor as an exchange student. This experience led him to appreciate the complexity of health care and gave him the inspiration to positively influence community by working as a physician.

Max graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Romance Languages from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He was a member of Bowdoin's men's varsity swim team all four years of college finishing his senior year with multiple school records. As a senior, he was also awarded the highest honor in men's swimming, the Robert B. Miller Swimming Trophy.

During his junior year at Bowdoin, Max was awarded the Benjamin A. Gillman International Scholarship, which funds a select group of students to study abroad. He spent 6 months studying Arabic between the Bourguiba Institute for Modern Languages in Tunisia, and a language academy in Sana'a in Yemen. Upon graduation, Max was named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, a nationally competitive fellowship awarded to 40 US college graduates annually. This $28,000 fellowship is intended to aid in the development of leadership skills through independent organizing of projects abroad. During his fellowship, Max volunteered with the Lifeguard Division of the Peruvian national police to create a summer program that focused on teaching first aid and lifeguarding skills to high school aged youth. Throughout the year, Max also swam across the Strait of Gibraltar, once alone, and a second time with a team of Moroccan and Spanish swimmers.

In medical school, Max has taken leadership both in and out of the classroom. Between his first and second year, he was awarded a stipend to develop a youth-based emergency first response program in collaboration with NGO's in Lima, Peru. During his second year at UCLA, Max served as his class President and as the co-president of the Family Medicine Interest Group, where he organized the building of a community garden at Esteban Torres High School in East LA. Max was also a recipient of the California Community Fund Fraser Scholarship, given to a select group of medical students committed to working as primary care physicians in underserved communities in California.

Max hopes that his career in family medicine will involve a lifetime of service, where he can help to improve a community's well-being through direct service as a physician, but also through leadership and activism. Max also hopes to build community gardens wherever he works- so look out for some fresh produce!

Karl Metzger, MD, a 2009 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and is currently a 3rd-year resident in Tampa, Florida. He graduated from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. While attending night school to obtain his undergraduate degree, Karl also began his 20-year career in the engineering field. During his engineering career, he put close to two dozen products on the market and earned two separate patents. During this time, he also joined the US Marine Corps and continued to serve six years in the reserves. He was awarded the Meritorious Mast for Leadership for outstanding leadership as a Programming Team Leader. Karl's management experience in his engineering career subsequently led to a new career as the business manager of large health club. Here, Karl discovered his passion for helping others, which subsequently ignited his desire to enter medical school.

During his first two years of medical school, Karl participated in the Kansas University Medical Center International Outreach's (KUMCIO) medical mission trip to Belize. He served as the assistant to the trip leader his first year, and as the trip leader for both trips the following year. He described his experience on these trips as not only enriching and rewarding, but also as one which anchored his commitment to Family Medicine. Karl also served as the project director for the KUMC Community Health Project, which places 2nd-year medical students in community safety net clinics. He co-managed the placements of the students and monitored their experiences with the community organizations. In addition, Karl also volunteered with the JayDoc student-run free clinic throughout medical school. Karl describes himself by the priorities in his life. First is his deep sense of spirituality which gives him the strength and peace to be effective in the rest of his life; next is his commitment as a husband, a father, and a son; following that is his dedication to becoming a physician; and lastly are his own interests such as martial arts and Ironman triathlete events.

After residency, Karl envisions his future career in an integrated practice that offers a variety of services in both conventional and complementary medicine as well as small groups, social/community support, psychiatry, counseling, exercise, and nutrition. He also plans to volunteer for the underserved both nationally and internationally.

Justin Mutter, a 2012 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVA), where he also attended college. He is currently a 2nd-year resident in Asheville, North Carolina. Justin graduated with Distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Studies and Religious Studies. As an undergraduate, he received a number of scholarships and awards, including the Echols Scholarship and recognition from the Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences for "outstanding academic achievement and service."

Following his undergraduate studies, Justin served for two years in central Haiti as a health worker for Zanmi Lasante, the sister organization of the global health organization Partners in Health (PIH). Justin's role included management of a hospital outpatient nutrition program as well as agriculture and food security initiatives with a large farmers' organization. He also served on the Board of Directors of Zanmi Lasante's Project on Social and Economic Rights, which assists persons living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Following his work in Haiti, Justin was a recipient of the American Rhodes Scholarship pursued graduate studies at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. While at Oxford, he completed a Master of Studies in the Study of Religions and a Master of Sciences in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. His thesis on the political economy of black lung disease in Appalachia was awarded the Jane Willis Kirkaldy Senior Prize from the Oxford Faculty of History. Justin subsequently completed the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-medical Program at Johns Hopkins University. Just prior to entering medical school, he worked as Research Associate for Health Policy at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C., where he helped coordinate the Commission on U.S. Federal Leadership in Health and Medicine.

Justin matriculated at the UVA School of Medicine in 2009 as one of five members in his class of the Generalist Scholars Program (GSP), a longitudinal primary care training curriculum. During medical school, he has continued to pursue his passion for community-based medicine, assisting with a community health status assessment for residents of local public housing and serving as a summer fellow at the Healthy Appalachia Institute in southwest Virginia, where he interned at the LENOWISCO Health District. His interdisciplinary GSP scholarly project utilizes history of medicine and health policy to focus on the future of primary care in central Appalachia. Justin has also recently been selected as a Student Director of the Board of the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.

As a future family physician, Justin hopes to center his work around critical issues in health and medicine facing underserved rural communities. In addition to working to establish high quality innovations in clinical and preventive care in rural American, Justin plans to continue to write about and advocate for the transformation of health systems for all underserved populations.


Seneca Harberger, a 2014 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at Temple University School of Medicine. He graduated with honors from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where he majored in physics and was a captain of the Claremont Colleges Rugby Football Club.

After college, he pursued a career in education, becoming an Oakland Teaching Fellow to connect with the schools where he could be most useful. The fellowship was designed to train new teachers and draw them into math, science and special education classrooms in struggling schools throughout the Oakland Unified School District. Through it, Seneca found a position as part of the extraordinary team at EXCEL High School in West Oakland. He earned a Masters in Education while he taught, but it was the example of his passionate colleagues and remarkable students that would influence him to pursue a career in medicine and galvanize him to do so in communities which were similarly underserved.

At Temple, Seneca has received multiple scholarships and is pursuing a concurrent Masters in Urban Bioethics, with a thesis focused on the health needs of the homeless population of North Philadelphia. In addition to the coursework, he has been heavily involved in several organizations in the Temple community. As a research coordinator for a study of MRSA skin infections, he worked with many patients seeking their primary care in the Temple Emergency Department. As one of 4 student coordinators, he developed a seminar course in Palliative Care led by the inspirational Palliative Care team at Temple Hospital. As coordinator of the Temple Emergency Action Corps, Homelessness Initiative (TEACH), he helped organize health literacy sessions and small screening clinics in local shelters and initiated plans for a large-scale, comprehensive clinic as well as a seminar course in homeless health for medical students. Finally, as a leader of the Family Medicine Interest Group, he has sought to assert and exhibit the value of strong family physicians.

Seneca's path to medicine has been a little longer than normal but it has wound through a combination of experiences which have fortified his commitment to service. He is passionate about primary care, devoted to family medicine and thrilled at the prospect of a career in collaboration with the many deft and ardent colleagues that community offers.


Ben Pederson, a 2012 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities Campus, and is currently a 2nd-year resident in Portland, Oregon. He graduated from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. At Macalester, Ben completed internships with local organizations focused on immigrant and refugee health and ran cross-country. Following college, Ben received a Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award supporting one year of research at the National Institutes of Health.

Returning to Minnesota for medical school, Ben focused his training and volunteer time on primary care and global health projects. During the summer following his first year in medical school, Ben worked in Tanzania doing field research and analysis on a USAID-sponsored 5-year Child Survival Project. Returning from this experience, he co-founded ‘Just Health Network,' a non-profit organization that provides small capital grants for community-based health initiatives focusing on maternal/child health and HIV that has supported projects in five low and middle-income countries South American and Africa.

During his third year of medical school, Ben was selected as one of two students at the University of Minnesota to participate in the pilot year of the Metropolitan Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP). MetroPAP is a new nine-month clinical rotation located in the underserved urban community of North Minneapolis. The program emphasizes continuity of care and threads clinical education with community outreach and research in primary care in an urban underserved setting. His work focused on the impact of Patient-Centered Medical Home services on health disparities specific to North Minneapolis and on Family Medicine resident education in Minnesota.

After MetroPAP, Ben spent a year working at AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya as a Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholar, where he worked on a project focused on improving TB diagnostic availability and TB/HIV clinic integration. His work in Kenya included managing the implementation of a new molecular diagnostic assay at rural health facilities in Western Kenya. During this year, Ben also organized the Minnesota-Organic Health Response Kenya Alliance (MOKA), an early-career research/volunteer experience for first year medical and public health students on Mfangano Island, Lake Victory, Kenya. In partnership with Organic Health Response, MOKA volunteers contribute to community-base health projects focusing on HIV education, environmental sustainability, and health service development for the island.

Ben plans to pursue a career in academic Family Medicine that integrates urban underserved medicine, global primary care development, and medical education innovation.

Jonathan Jimenez, a 2014 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Jonathan graduated from Yale University in 2009 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He is currently earning his Master in Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

As an undergraduate at Yale, Jonathan won the Nakanishi Prize, which is given to a student who shows exemplary leadership in enhancing race and ethnic relations at Yale. He also received the Vicki Jackson Award in 2009, which is given to the senior who has demonstrated concern for the quality of life in Calhoun College at Yale. Jonathan also led a tutoring/mentoring group called Amigos, which served high school Latino males. Jonathan was also president of a pan-Latino cultural group, Alianza, which helped support policies benefiting undocumented immigrants in New Haven.

While in medical school, he was a co-coordinator for the Union Settlement Mount Sinai Partnership, which created an ongoing relationship between the medical school and one of the largest nonprofit service organizations in East Harlem. Jonathan received the Irwin Gelernt scholarship during his second year of medical school, which is given for commitment to community service. Most recently, he co-founded a chapter of Primary Care Progress (PCP) at Mount Sinai and became a Clinical Innovation Network Fellow for PCP.

Jonathan gives credit to his mother for teaching him the value of hard work and service. He has traveled to Colombia, where his parents are originally from, where he realized wellness was poorly distributed throughout the country and was based on income, race, and gender. His motivation to promote primary care and education for everyone makes him a difference maker in the medical community. Jonathan's commitment against the plight of vulnerable populations coupled with deep understanding of the issues affecting patients in underserved communities makes him qualified to be an outstanding family physician.

Mark Stoltenberg, MD, a 2010 Pisacano Scholar, graduate from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, where he is also earned his master's in bioethics and health policy. Mark is currently a 3rd-year resident in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion. Mark has been actively involved in community service both nationally and locally. From the age of 13 through college, he volunteered at a children's hospital. During his senior year, he participated in service trips to Salem, West Virginia and Managua, Nicaragua, both poverty stricken areas. An experienced soccer player himself, Mark also served as the head coach for a youth soccer team each summer during college.

As a medical student, Mark has continued his academic achievement and commitment to service. He has received a number of scholarships, including an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. Additionally, Mark was chosen for a Dean's scholarship to complete his master's degree at Loyola. During his first two years of medical school, Mark created a family advocacy program that connects local underserved families with medical students through a new service-learning curriculum. In addition, Mark and a few of his classmates chose to move into the underserved community in which the families reside. Along with two other classmates, Mark also developed a survey-based research study in conjunction with the department of preventive medicine to better assess the community of Maywood. Mark will conduct focus groups, and paired with the survey results, hopes to give the department a better understanding of the local community that will more accurately direct future projects and initiatives. In addition to these service endeavors, Mark's interest in ethics and the humanities led him to teach a course as an undergrad on the overlaps between religion and medicine, and also start a social-justice publication while in medical school.

Mark recently completed a year-long fellowship, a project which he designed for himself. This fellowship allowed Mark to commit a year to act as the medical coordinator for a 13-village clinic system in rural Bolivia which was started by a Loyola attending physician and her husband nine years ago. During his year there, Mark coordinated the public health projects conducted by the clinic, fostering communication between the clinic and the 13 villages it serves, and also assisted in patient care alongside visiting attending physicians. Mark plans to make this position a permanent Global Health Fellowship where one student between their 3rd- and 4th- years of medical school will hold the position on an annual basis in order to provide the clinic with consistent, continuing support.

Following residency, Mark plans to remain in academic medicine and continue working with the various projects and communities he has connected with while in medical school. He hopes this will include teaching students, caring for the urban underserved, and writing within the field of bioethics while still finding a month or two every year to continue his work in Bolivia.

David Rebedew, a 2012 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is currently a 2nd-year resident in Waukesha, Wisconsin. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison (UW). David received numerous awards and scholarships as an undergraduate, including the Wisconsin Alumni Association Senior Outstanding Student Award, given to only two male seniors, and the Herfurth and Kubly Award for Initiative and Efficiency. David was one of two students chosen to receive this award out of 200 applicants. David served for two years each as the Chairman of the Student Activities Committee and the President of the Student Government Association at UW-Fond du Lac.

As a medical student, David has continued his academic achievements. In 2010, he was the Elseiver "Cool Med Apps" Contest Prize Winner and received the Korbitz scholarship for students pursuing a career in family medicine last year. Just recently, David published a book on Kindle about how to get into medical school titled, Your Questions Answered: Getting into Medical School and Graduating Debt Free—A Guide to High School, Pre-medicine, and Medical School.

David served for two years as the co-leader of UW's Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG), recruiting over 132 students as the local student membership coordinator for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), which resulted in the highest number of FMIG and AAFP members ever at UW. He currently serves as the co-leader of the Advocacy and Intervention for Medical Students, which provides education, support and advocacy for students whose lives may be adversely affected by a variety of problems including, but not limited to, alcohol abuse, chemical independence, eating disorders, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. David is also the Founder, President and Secretary of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)—Trempealeau County. As part of this role, he assisted with the planning of suicide prevention training at two high schools and constructed NAMI brochures and a mental health display for a local clinic and health fair. David also currently serves as a Pre-medicine Peer Mentor and as a MEDiC volunteer. Most recently, he was one of sixteen individuals in his medical school class of 178 to be elected into the Gold Humanism Honor Society for demonstrating the qualities of humanism in medicine.

During residency, David intends to continue mentoring students and encouraging them to pursue a career in healthcare. Thereafter, he plans to create a free clinic for the underserved in rural Wisconsin that will also serve as a teaching center for healthcare students. On a broader scale, he wants to serve as an advocate to decrease childhood obesity on the national level.

Brenda Campos-Spitze, a 2013 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine and is currently a 1st-year resident in Greeley, Colorado. She graduated from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. Brenda completed her Master in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she received the Reed-Frost Scholarship, a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship given in recognition of her outstanding work and future potential in public health.

As an undergraduate, Brenda was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, recognized for her outstanding academic achievement. She served as a Spanish translator for the Communicare Health Center in Davis, and as an employee of the Manor College Office of Continuing Education she created a curriculum and taught a Spanish class to medical professionals.

Prior to medical school, Brenda worked for two years as a medical assistant to family physicians in an inner-city primary care clinic in Philadelphia that served the local Puerto Rican community. After beginning medical school, she served as a medical student volunteer on several trips to Valle Redondo, Mexico and also for two months at a clinic in a rural village of Kenya between her first and second year of medical school. She is the co-chair of the Referrals Committee for the UC-Irvine Outreach Clinic (UCIOC), the school's free clinic. UCIOC is dedicated to improving the health of the mostly Spanish-speaking uninsured population in Orange County.

Brenda points to her experience working with the community of Duroville, a slum-trailer park near Palm Springs, as her most rewarding leadership experience. As part of the Duroville Project, she helped formulate a Community Needs Assessment that resulted in over $200,000 in grant funds to support health programs and renovate the park's community center. The grants also paid for five Duroville women to be trained as health promoters for the new diabetes and children's health programs.

As a family physician, Brenda plans to practice patient-centered primary care among California's growing Latino immigrant population. She hopes to partner with these communities in creating a health promoter model to better reach those most marginalized. Furthermore, she looks forward to becoming a leader in diabetes and obesity prevention through her work in food and nutrition policy.

Anastasia Coutinho, a 2013 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and completed her Master in Health Sciences in International Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

At McGill, Anastasia received the Alvin Shrier Scholarship, awarded to one Physiology student who illustrates outstanding community/extracurricular involvement while also achieving academic excellence. She also received an Undergraduate Research Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada for her high academic ranking. Anastasia used the award to study reproductive endocrinology and ovarian cell development.

While completing her Master's degree at Johns Hopkins, Anastasia worked as a research assistant in Baltimore for the Center for Human Nutrition implementing and evaluating interventions surrounding food purchasing in low-income African American youth and their families. She completed her Master's thesis in Bangladesh, where she developed and led a qualitative study consisting of interviews with ethnic minorities in rural Bangladesh regarding pregnancy-related care, including malaria prevention and treatment.

As a medical student, Anastasia has received numerous awards and scholarships, including the AMA Medical Student Leadership Award, the Anne C. Carter Global Health Fellowship, and the New Hampshire-Vermont Schweitzer Fellowship. As a second-year medical student, Anastasia began the development and implementation of a student-faculty collaborative clinic for underserved patients in the Burlington, Vermont community. Anastasia continues toward the establishment of the Health Umbrella of Burlington, which will consist of community health teams including students from multiple health sciences. She has served as a co-leader of the Health Policy Interest Group at the UVM College of Medicine and as President of the American Medical Women's Association UVM Chapter.

Currently, Anastasia is working with the Johns Hopkins University Institute of International Programs on a large-scale evaluation of a child health program in Burkina Faso, West Africa. The Burkina Faso Ministry of Health has trained over 3,000 community health workers in the northern area of the country to diagnose and treat sick children. As acting program manager of her team, Anastasia's duties include training survey personnel, supervising data collection, and analyzing incoming data from the field. Results from the evaluation, and from similar evaluations in Malawi and Ethiopia, will help inform the global conversation on the potential for community health workers to reduce childhood mortality in low-income settings.

Anastasia is passionate about the integration of Family Medicine and Public Health within the context of domestic underserved and global settings. She is excited to work together with communities to bring about health empowerment and innovation.

Glenna Martin, a 2013 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW), where she also completed her Master in Public Health. She is currently a 1st-year resident in Seattle, Washington. Glenna graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. At Skidmore, she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Thoroughbred Award for Excellence in Leadership. Glenna also volunteered with numerous organizations including the Special Olympics and as a tutor for special needs children.

Following graduation from Skidmore, Glenna spent the summer in Costa Rica volunteering with two local health clinics in San Jose and Monteverde. Her work included assisting in various medical duties, helping organize and carry out activities for children on school vacation, and designing a public health project investigating the sexual health knowledge of women between the ages of 20-30.

Glenna has received numerous awards as a medical student, including the American Academy of Family Physician's Tomorrow's Leader Award, and election to Alpha Omega Alpha and to the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Last year she was the co-leader of The Differential, a student led, case-based, morning report style teaching session for first- and second-year medical students. Glenna is a member of the Health Equity Circle, a student group that addresses health disparities, and the UW Curriculum Renewal Committee on Health Equity, and she co-chairs the Washington State Medical Association Health Equity Task Force. She also helped organize Sexpertise Week, now expanded to Sexpertise Month, which promotes a more positive, open, healthy and safe sex culture.

Glenna is participating in UW's Underserved Pathway, Hispanic Health Pathway, as well as the Global Health Pathway, and she has volunteered with a number of organizations including a downtown women's shelter, a diagnosis and referral center in a transitional housing unit for individuals who were previously homeless, and a diagnosis and referral clinic which caters to patients who are Spanish speaking immigrants. Glenna received the UW School of Medicine Service Award in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the SPARX/CHAP Award for outstanding volunteer activities in 2010.

Glenna is thrilled to continue pursuing her dream of becoming a family doctor in an underserved area working as part of a team. In and out of the clinic, she also hopes to participate in community activism, public health promotion, medical education, human rights work, and the conscious, conscientious use of health to promote human dignity and social justice.

Brian Park, a 2013 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and is currently a 1st-year resident in Portland, Oregon. He graduated Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and recently completed his Master of Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. As an undergraduate, Brian was named to the Dean's List each year and received the President's Distinguished Student Scholar Award each year. During this time, Brian also worked as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota's Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. He was involved in several research trials and also helped develop the electronic Primary Care Research Network, which allows Family Medicine institutions to exchange research and strategies.

Prior to entering medical school, Brian worked for the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University. He recognizes this period as one of his most formative experiences in partnering with urban underserved communities and in confirming his desire to work with underserved patients and families.

Returning to Minnesota for medical school, Brian focused his community service projects on advocating for low-income populations. He partnered with local organizations to spearhead a University-wide letterwriting campaign and rally at the Minnesota State Capitol against a proposal to cut the safety-net health insurance for the state's most impoverished citizens. During the summer following his first year in medical school, Brian received an Arnold P. Gold research fellowship to help develop homeless respite care facilities in Minneapolis.

Brian was one of two students selected to participate in the Metropolitan Physician Associate Program (MetroPAP), a nine-month community-based longitudinal integrated clerkship program during the third year of medical school. He used his MetroPAP experience to develop academic and community service projects and as a locus for his MPH thesis, The Role of Patient Centered Medical Homes on Safety-Net Populations. Additionally, the stories he encountered during his MetroPAP experience led him to create and host The Waiting Room, a recurring, live medical storytelling event. In recognition of these efforts, Brian has received numerous awards as a medical student, including the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership, each awarded to one student annually. He was also inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Following residency, Brian plans to remain in academic Family Medicine and practice in the urban underserved area. He hopes to creatively engage future generations of Family Medicine leaders in public health, legislative advocacy, healthcare systems transformation, and medical humanities.

Max Romano, a 2013 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and just recently completed his Master in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He graduated with honors from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology. At Stanford, Max was a Gold Medal Recipient of the Congressional Award for Youth in Public Service. This award is the US Congress' highest community service award, which Max received for completing over 1,700 hours of community service as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps member.

While at Stanford, Max spent four months in the Bay Islands of Honduras where he interned in two not-for-profit international health clinics. He also served as a National Health Policy Intern with the National Hispanic Medical Association in Washington, DC. While there, Max worked with federal officials and coalitions of health advocates to organize Latino Health summits in California and Texas. He also published his undergraduate thesis project in the Archives of Internal Medicine, examining the effects of certain types of electronic health records on the quality of primary care nationwide.

An avid cyclist, Max travelled cross-country with his (now) wife on a tandem bicycle from Florida to Washington state while deciding where to move for medical school, eventually deciding on Baltimore. At Johns Hopkins, Max interned with the Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities, researching cultural perceptions of health disparities within an urban academic primary care network.

Max has been a member of the Governing Board of the Student Outreach Resource Center (SOURCE) at Johns Hopkins for the last three years, where he coordinates public service for the Schools of Nursing, Public Health and Medicine. He is a co-leader of his medical school's Urban Health Interest Group and Family Medicine Interest Group, he sat on the board of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and he also served as the Maryland Student Delegate to the National Congress of Student Members of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Recently, Max was appointed to a one-year term on the AAFP's Commission on Health of the Public and Science. He was also named a Sommer Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which is a scholarship program to develop the next generation of public health leaders.

As a future family physician, Max looks forward to practicing community-based primary care and preventive medicine. He wants to bring innovative models of primary care delivery to underserved communities and provide coordinated, comprehensive, and compassionate care to his patients.

Chas Salmen, a 2013 Pisacano Scholar, graduated from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) and is currently a 1st-year resident in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated with honors from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. Chas was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at Oxford University where he was awarded highest distinction upon receiving his Master in Medical Anthropology.

At Duke, Chas was captain of the varsity men's cross country and track and field teams. The cross country team won first place at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) championships his senior year, and Chas was an individual qualifier in the IC4A track and field championships his junior and senior years. Chas was also the founder and chairman of Peace or Pieces, an Arab-Jewish Student Coalition at Duke. Through his leadership, the group raised over $20,000 for twin communities in Southern Lebanon and Northern Israel that were linked through this program.

Chas is the founding director of The Organic Health Response (OHR). While in graduate school, he founded this community health organization which partners with a group of local organic farmers, teachers and health workers on Mfangano Island in Kenya. Today, OHR has an annual budget of over $250,000 per year and is a US-based 501c3 nonprofit and a registered Community-Based Organization in Kenya. Chas directs a team of 12 US-based staff and volunteers and 42 full-time Kenyan staff.

As a medical student, Chas was awarded the UCSF School of Medicine Dean's Yearlong Research Fellowship. This fellowship allowed Chas to spend a year on Mfangano Island conducting an investigation to determine the impact of a micro-clinic intervention to improve health outcomes among people living with HIV. He is the senior vice-president of MicroClinic International (MCI), a global nonprofit with programs in Jordan, India and Appalachia-USA. As senior vice-president of Special Projects, Chas directs the MCI-OHR initiative for HIV/AIDS. In 2010, after a one-on-one interview with the then director of, Chas secured a $100,000 catalyst grant to launch the world's first MicroClinic program for HIV/AIDS on Mfangano Island.

Chas looks forward to continuing his clinical training as a rural family physician. Eventually, he hopes to build a community-based practice in the rural Midwest while continuing to grow clinical services on Mfangano Island, Kenya. Chas and his wife, Jenna Hines, an organic farmer and teacher, are excited to explore new collaborations between family farmers and family doctors to promote healthy families, communities and ecosystems in both the US and Kenya.

Current Scholars

Scholars are listed alphabetically in order by their last name. The name of the medical school is listed by the scholar's name.



Kathleen Barnes/Harvard Medical School (Residency in Washington)

Darcy Benedict*/The University of Illinois College of Medicine (4th-year)

Brenda Campos-Spitze/University of California, Irvine School of Medicine (Residency in Colorado)

Anastasia Coutinho/University of Vermont College of Medicine (4th-year)

Jillian Fickenscher/University of Nebraska Medical Center (Residency in Nebraska)

Max Goldstein*/University of California, Los Angeles (4th-year)

Seneca Harberger*/Temple University (4th-year)

Alexandra Hunt/University of Washington School of Medicine (Residency in California)


Jonathan Jimenez*/Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (4th-year)

Jessica Johnson/University of Connecticut School of Medicine (Residency in Oregon)

Nathan Kittle/Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (Residency in Washington)

Glenna Martin/University of Washington School of Medicine (Residency in Washington)

Justin Mutter/University of Virginia School of Medicine (Residency in North Carolina)


Brian Park/University of Minnesota Medical School (Residency in Portland, Oregon)

Ben Pederson/University of Minnesota—Twin Cities Campus (Residency in Oregon)

Benjamin Preyss/The University of Illinois College of Medicine (Residency in Illinois)

David Rebedew/University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (Residency in Wisconsin)

Max Romano/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (4th-year)

Chas Salmen/University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (Residency in Minnesota)

Stephanie Sandhu*/University of Colorado (4th-year)

Alyssa Shell*/University of Texas – Galveston (4th-year)

Mark Stoltenberg/Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (Residency in Illinois)

Kenji Taylor*/ University of Pennsylvania (4th-year)

(* indicates a 2014 Pisacano Scholar)