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Class of 2016

R. Nicholas "Nick" Burns
Jacqueline Posada
R. Nicholas "Nick" Burns
Brief biography here...

Nicholas Burns graduated as a President's Scholar from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.A. in French, earning magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. During his time at SMU, Nick completed undergraduate thesis work in the field of molecular parasitology under the direction of Dr. Larry Ruben, and spent several months in France while studying and working. He also blended passions for science, art, and service by co-founding the Dedman College Ambassadors student organization at SMU.

As a student at UTMB, Nick looks to bring similar passion to his activities. He served as the 2012-2013 President of the UTMB student chapters of the American and Texas Medical Associations, promoting service and political advocacy. Nick and a classmate, Jordan Brewer, successfully started a spin-off TEDMED conference at UTMB in Spring 2013. Nick also volunteers at St. Vincent's Student Clinic and with other community projects, such as the Galveston Mardi Gras Ball for Special Needs Individuals. He spent the summer of 2013 abroad in Rukungiri, Uganda, with the Global Health Track.

Tracy L. Cable
Tracy L. Cable
Tracy L. Cable
Brief biography here...

Tracy Cable graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, with a B.S. in biology with minors in chemistry and communication disorders. As an undergraduate student, Tracy developed a love for serving her community. She was the service vice president of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, organizing events ranging from welcoming soldiers home to teaching budget classes at a homeless shelter. Through her service with APO, she earned the Distinguished Service Key and the US President's Gold Service Award. While still an undergraduate student, Tracy worked as a medical scribe at emergency rooms in the Fort Worth area.

As a student at UTMB, Tracy continues to show a dedication to her local community. Since starting medical school, she volunteers for and helps administrate two free clinics on Galveston Island. She is a director at St. Vincent's Student Clinic, a medical care facility that is run by medical students to serve indigent Galveston residents, and she is an associate board member of The Luke Society, a street-side clinic that serves the homeless of Galveston Island. In response to their patients' inability to access dental care, Tracy and fellow student Tyler Bliss, obtained a UTMB President's Cabinet Grant to open a free dental clinic at St. Vincent's. The dental clinic will be an asset to the Galveston community for many years to come. She has volunteered with multiple varied service projects, but most recently, Tracy and fellow Osler Scholar, Brian Dillon, organized a TDAP vaccine drive in coordination with the Luke Society and the Family Medicine Interest Group. In preparation for a career working in the global community, she spent the summer of 2013 abroad in Fort Portal, Uganda, with the Global Health Track. She plans to travel to Peru in 2015 to take a Field Epidemiology course.

Petra A. Kelsey
Jacqueline Posada
Petra A. Kelsey
Brief biography here...

Petra Kelsey spent her high school years in rural Mozambique, which fueled an inclination for travel, as well as a deep love for working with underserved populations. After moving to Austin, she attended the University of Texas, majoring in Business and Germanic Studies. She spent a year in Switzerland learning German and then hosted a German radio show "Es klingt wie Deutsch" in Austin. After graduation, Petra worked at a bank on the West Coast, until the financial meltdown in 2008 inspired her to reevaluate her plans for the future. It was during that period that Petra discovered a deep-seated passion for medicine. With this new career goal in mind, she began her prerequisite course work, volunteered at Hospice Austin and The Volunteer Clinic. She spent the summer before she entered UTMB in Soroti, Uganda, collecting photographs and patient stories for International Midwife Assistance. Several of these photographs appeared in Texas Medicine Magazine.

Petra is currently the president of the Students for Integrative Medicine (SIM). She also teaches a free yoga and meditation class at the UTMB field house, which helps her to share her passion for holistic and integrative medicine with others. In addition, she loves spending time with patients at St. Vincent's Clinic, listening to their stories and learning from the faculty.

Her goal is to learn how to provide patient-centered care to those who need it most, while simultaneously integrating the humanistic principles exemplified by Sir William Osler. She hopes to do so through a career in rural family medicine with an integrative/holistic approach.

Rimma Osipov
Rimma Osipov
Rimma Osipov
Brief biography here...

Rimma Osipov was born in Novosibirsk, Russia and grew up in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from UCLA with a major in history and a minor in anthropology. During her senior year of college she spent a semester in Washington D.C. as an Intern in the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of American History, division of Medicine and Science. It was this experience that inspired her find a way to combine her interest in history and the social sciences with her passion to become a physician. She found the perfect outlet for these dual passions when she was accepted into the MD/PhD program at the Institute for the Medical Humanities at UTMB. Currently she is completing an interdisciplinary dissertation focused on the role International Medical Graduates Have Played in the US Healthcare system.

In her time at UTMB, Rimma has also discovered a passion for teaching ethics and humanities topics to medical students, serving as a peer tutor, a teaching assistant for the Humanities Ethics and Professionalism course, and teaching the medical humanities module of the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) for underrepresented Texas College students. A regular volunteer at St. Vincent's Student-Run Free Clinic, she also discovered the challenge and rewards of bedside teaching and mentoring, which led her to serve as one of the clinic's student directors from 2014-2015. Rimma has engaged with other service learning opportunities as a board member for Students Together for Service, a group focused on promoting and coordinating student service groups on campus. In this capacity she had twice served as a primary organizer for the group's Spring Healthy Living Event. As a graduate student at the IMH she has had the opportunity to explore her intellectual passions and find new ones, presenting on topic such as ethics and physician writers, the history of human radiation experiments, and the history of the American Osler Society at national meetings across the country. She has published her work in Virtual Mentor, The AMA's ethics journal, and has a forthcoming piece in the Journal of Medical Humanities. These service, teaching, and scholarly experiences have inspired Rimma to pursue a career in internal medicine, preferably in a setting where she can remain involved in medical education and continue to contribute to the urgent need for quality, compassionate indigent care.

Rachel M. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D.
Rachel M. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D.
Rachel M. Pearson
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Rachel Pearson is an MD/PhD student at UTMB's Institute for the Medical Humanities. She holds a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin, where she majored in the interdisciplinary Plan 2 Honors program. Her undergraduate thesis work was in creative writing, and her short stories and poetry have appeared in the Windward Review, the Mid-American Review, and elsewhere.

Rachel's interest in storytelling led her to medicine. She is constantly amazed by the stories that patients bring, and by the skilled caregivers who create a space for patients to tell their stories. Her research at the Institute will focus on narrative medicine, with special attention to physician-poets and to the elaboration of a theory of consciousness that poses the mind as an instrument of storytelling. She loves working with patients at St. Vincent's clinic, and hopes to do indigent care for the rest of her life. Rachel is thrilled to be becoming a physician, especially with the thoughtful guidance and community of the McGovern Academy.

Agnes Usoro
Jacqueline Posada
Agnes Usoro
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Agnes Annetie' Usoro was born in Nigeria, but raised in the US. She claims cultural ties to both her native and naturalized countries. Agnes completed her undergraduate studies at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She then worked for three years as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit at both Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, TX and Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

As a medical student at UTMB, Agnes participates in a variety of extracurricular activities: a reviewer on the 2016 Scribes Council, treasurer of the Pan-African Student Society at UTMB, and general member of the UTMB Diversity Council, Emergency Medicine Interest Group, and Student National Medical Association. She also volunteers at St. Vincent's student clinic, as well as the Galveston Hospice Care Team.

In addition to extracurriculars, Agnes is in the UTMB Global Health Program. She spent the summer of 2013 in Quito, Ecuador with the Child Family Health International (CFHI) program. While abroad, she participated in clinical rotations at two clinics Centro de Salud Carcelen Alto, Centro de Salud Carcelen Bajo, and one hospital Maternidad Isidro Ayora. In addition to clinical experience with women's health, she conducted observational research on the reproductive behaviors of women in Quito.

Agnes desires to pursue a medical career in critical care medicine and hopes to be involved in international mission organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders. Outside of medicine, Agnes enjoys to travel and dance. Agnes is very appreciative of the John P. McGovern Academy for the opportunity to serve as an Osler Student Scholar.

Class of 2017

Candace Bailey
Candace Bailey
Candace Bailey
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Candace Bailey was born in Galveston, Texas to Dr. Rahn (UTMB Class of 1990) and Theresa Bailey. Although she grew up mostly in the Houston area, she moved around the country several times as her family followed Dr. Bailey's medical career opportunities. Candace attended the University of Southern California as a Trustee and Merit Research Scholar. She enjoyed competing for the Varsity Track & Field team, earning team and conference awards for her athletic and academic achievement. Candace's life-long involvement in sports and experience through injuries helped fuel her passion for human anatomy and learning the ways in which the complex musculoskeletal system works in unison to create mobility. After 5 years she graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Biomedical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management.

At UTMB Candace continues her involvement in extra-curricular activities, such as playing intramural sports and volunteering with the Name That Book Club, which aims to promote the love of reading in local elementary school children. She currently serves as the Secretary for the Student Surgical Society, Academic Chair for the Student National Medical Association, as well as the newly elected AAMC Organization of Students Representative for her medical school class. In addition, Candace is a part of the Translational Research Track, where she works closely with MD and PhD students to promote a collaboration among biomedical and clinical scientists.

Candace's goal is to pursue a career in surgery and biomedical research in order to improve patient outcomes. She is very excited about this opportunity to learn more about Sir William Osler and to interact with such an accomplished group of faculty and students.

Taylor Baumann
Taylor Baumann
Taylor Baumann
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Taylor Baumann is a member of UTMB's School of Medicine Class of 2017. Prior to enrollment in UTMB, Taylor attended Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Certification in Business Administration, and a minor in Biology. At Creighton, Taylor was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the highest honor a Jesuit University may bestow upon a student through recognition of an individual's adherence to the Jesuit ideals of scholarship, service, and leadership. During his undergraduate career, Taylor served as a Co-chairman for Creighton Cleanup, helping to create the single largest student-led service day in history of the University, while also founding "The Pursuit of Knowledge," an organization encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration among students on issues of morality and academia.

At UTMB, Taylor serves as the President of the UTMB Student Chapter of the American Medical Association and Texas Medical Association. In this capacity, he helped to organize multiple projects, including A Day of Active Play at Galveston's Grandkids Festival, an Anti-Tobacco Campaign in local schools in Galveston, and the AMA Region 3 Conference, in which UTMB hosted students from 16 medical schools to discuss current developments in national healthcare policy. Taylor's passion for serving the underserved led him to volunteer frequently at St. Vincent's Hope Clinic where he found an interest in exploring ways to intervene in an individual's health before they develop illness. The past summer, Taylor spent 6 weeks in Cusco, Peru, working with UTMB to study Parasitology's effect on the population's prevalence of malnutrition and to explore novel treatments for parasitic infections.

Angie Hamouie
Angie Hamoui
Angie Hamouie
Brief biography here...

Angie Hamouie is a member of UTMB's class of 2016. She was inspired to pursue medicine during her undergraduate years at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied biology and Arabic. She comes from a multicultural background and understands the value of examining the similarities and differences among global cultures. This passion led her to work with fellow Osler Scholar, Petra Kelsey, to create a lecture on Avicenna and Albucasis, the 11th century Muslim physicians whose contributions to medicine are still present today. This lecture was presented at the 2014 National Student Research Forum, where it was awarded Best Oral Presentation in the Medical Humanities.

Angie believes that healthcare is an intrinsic human right, not a privilege, and vows to spend her career making healthcare equally accessible across socioeconomic levels. Currently, Angie regularly volunteers at St. Vincent's Student-run Free Clinic and has recently participated in research to improve patient access to healthcare. As a leader in the Forssmann Society, Angie set up a round-table discussion led by fellow Osler Scholar, Rachel Pearson, on the ethics of healthcare in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Angie believes that physicians should use their knowledge, skills, and social position to give back to a society that afforded them the opportunity to attend medical school. She is passionate about physician advocacy and plans to use her experience as a physician to promote equal access to affordable and quality healthcare.

Mary Elizabeth Murphy
Mary Elizabeth Murphy
Mary Elizabeth Murphy
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Mary Elizabeth Murphy was born and raised in Galveston, TX. She went to Dartmouth College before transferring to Rice University. She graduated from Rice with a degree in Biological Sciences. Prior to beginning medical school at UTMB, Mary Elizabeth was an EMT for Rice EMS and Mission of Hope in Haiti. She also worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Shriners Hospital for Children. Her past research includes ecological studies on plant fitness at Rice and Alzheimer's research at Baylor College of Medicine. She is currently studying long term Quality of Life for pediatric burn survivors.

As a medical student at UTMB, Mary Elizabeth is a Co-Director for the National Student Research Forum, and a member of the Asclepios Osler society, American Medical Women's Association, and the Latin Medical Student Association. Through UTMB's Global Health program, she served patients in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic during summer 2014. Mary Elizabeth enjoys opportunities to help others abroad, while experiencing new cultures. In the DR, she volunteered in emergency departments while researching the etiology of presenting illnesses to the ER, the impact of a new residency program, and the status of prehospital care.

Mary Elizabeth hopes to embody Oslerian principles through her practice of medicine. She looks forward to providing patient-centered care through her compassion for others, continuing to do research, working with children, and always remaining a prankster at heart. Mary Elizabeth appreciates the opportunity to be part of the McGovern Academy and is excited to serve others while learning from such a wonderful community.

Class of 2018

Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) M. Babalola
Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) M. Babalola
Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) M. Babalola
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Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) M. Babalola was born in Ibadan, Nigeria but moved to the Dallas metroplex at the age of six. She is the fourth of six children. Before coming to UTMB, Funmi began her university education at age 15 through the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) located at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. While at TAMS, Funmi received the Gold Cord Award which is the pinnacle award for leadership and participation in community service. She realized her passion for medicine the summer before her final year at TAMS, when she worked in a neurology lab at UT Southwestern and shadowed the Principal Investigator in the lab.

After graduating from TAMS, she attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with highest honors and a Bachelor's degree in Nutrition. While at UT, Funmi was a resident assistant in Jester West for two years, an ambassador for the School of Human Ecology, an officer for Texas Nutrition, and performed several nutrition related research programs. She also served as a Sunday School Teacher at the Good Korean Church in Austin and volunteered at Stonebriar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to be a friendly, familiar face to the elderly who had few and infrequent visitors. Funmi had the opportunity to deliver Sunday church messages to them.

Now at UTMB, Funmi has served as the First Year Representative for the Family Medicine Interest Group, a First Year Coordinator for Blackwell Osler Society, a team leader in the Interprofessional Pediatric Advocacy Program, and the publicist for the Honor Pledge Committee. She can be found volunteering at St. Vincent's Hope Clinic or Luke's Society. She also regularly volunteers at the Galveston Urban Ministries (GUM) youth program where she is building relationships as a mentor and minister to the youth. Volunteering at GUM, St. Vincent's, and Luke's has opened up Funmi's eyes and heart to the life and health challenges of the indigent.

Funmi hopes to apply the knowledge gained from her past experiences to her practice and exhibit compassion as she interacts with people from different backgrounds and socioeconomic statuses. She hopes to continue to participate in scientific research as she goes to Nairobi this summer, and to encourage professionalism through her role in the Honor Pledge Committee. Funmi's goal is to pursue a career in primary care and preventative medicine and incorporate nutrition and integrative medicine into her practice. She is excited to be a member of the McGovern Academy and to learn from so many distinguished faculty and students.

Jacob A. Moran
Jacob A. Moran
Jacob A. Moran
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Jacob Moran is from Three Rivers, a small town seventy miles South of San Antonio, Texas. He attended Baylor University and graduated with a B.S. in Psychology in May 2014. While at Baylor he served as an RA for three years in two residence halls with special pre-medical programs where he mentored freshmen students. He was extensively involved in the pre-medical community on campus. He is most proud of the role he had in leading the only service-focused pre-medical organization on campus called Baylor Medical Service Organization, where he worked with many compassionate leaders to develop a culture of altruistic service among the membership.

As an incoming medical student, he decided to be more focused in his extracurricular involvement and fully devote most of his energy to a few select endeavors. This has worked well as he has become quite involved with St. Vincent's student clinic where he volunteers weekly. At the clinic he has learned the importance of basic science knowledge as well as patient-centered care from the faculty members. This reminds him of the principles emphasized by William Osler and he hopes his experiences will have a long-lasting effect on his approach to providing quality health care. He plans to specialize in both geriatrics and nephrology and hopes to one day serve as a medical school educator.

Eduardo A. Rodriguez
Eduardo A. Rodriguez
Eduardo A. Rodriguez
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Eduardo Rodriguez is a member of UTMB's School of Medicine Class of 2018. He was born in McAllen, Texas, but was raised in the neighboring city of Reynosa, Mexico. At the start of his high school education he came back to Texas to further his education. During his high school education he volunteered at the pediatric wing of the Doctors Hospital at Renaissance in the city of Edinburg. He started his college education at the age of 16 thanks to a dual enrollment program called Dual Enrollment Medical Sciences Academy which allowed him to attend half a day to high school and the rest of the day to the local college South Texas College. He graduated with an associate's degree in Biology two weeks before his high school graduation. He then attended the University of Texas Pan American in the city of Edinburg where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. During his college career, he volunteered at his university's student clinic. He was also involved in research at the university's chemistry department synthesizing compounds for a possible use as tumor suppressing agents and worked as a science tutor at the university's learning assistance center.

At UTMB, Eduardo serves as the President of the UTMB Student Chapter of the American Medical Association and Texas Medical Association. In this capacity, he helped organize multiple projects including First Tuesdays at the Capitol where around 60 students traveled to the Texas capitol at Austin to speak to their representatives about supporting an increase in graduate medical education funding to increase residency spots and medical student spots in the state of Texas. Eduardo is also a member of the Galveston County Medical Society, the Vice-President of the Latino Medical Student Association, and a representative for the Honor Education Council. His passion for community service and medicine has led him to volunteer at St. Vincent's House Free Clinic where he works along with other health professionals to bring care to the underserved. Eduardo is currently involved in research at UTMB's Microbiology and Immunology department studying the pathobiology of Tuberculosis (TB) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) co-infection.

Eduardo's goal is to embody the principles of Oslerian Medicine through his practice of medicine. Emphasizing compassion and the pursuit of evidence based medicine with the guidance and support of the outstanding members of the McGovern Academy.

Class of 2016
R. Nicholas "Nick" Burns
Tracy L. Cable
Angie Hamouie
Petra A. Kelsey
Rimma Osipov
Rachel Pearson (MD/PhD)
Agnes A. Usoro
Class of 2017
Candace Bailey
Taylor Baumann
Mary Elizabeth Murphy
Class of 2018
Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) M. Babalola
Jacob A. Moran
Eduardo A. Rodriguez
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