John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine Scholars Student Scholars Student ScholarsJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine Class of 2026 Student Scholars Caleb J. Huang Close Caleb J. Huang Caleb was born in San Jose, California and lived in the tropical island of Taiwan during his high school years. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in mathematics and biophysics and minoring in Latin. He immersed himself into research, whether it be solving for protein dynamics with mathematical models or writing essays on Cicero’s political rhetoric. Outside of academia, he held several jobs in community housing and education. He worked at an independently run housing cooperative, a non-profit organization founded on shared resources and social justice. He mentored and tutored middle school students for an afterschool program, where he started various initiatives including science demonstrations and field trips to UCLA. He also taught SAT, GRE, and MCAT courses for The Princeton Review. After college, Caleb worked as a research trainee at the NIH, where he studied brain network changes in patients with motor neuron diseases. Seeing the suffering of these patients with debilitating, incurable diseases inspired him to pursue a career as a physician-scientist, where he would be able to find solutions for patients by combining the creativity of scientific research and the humanitarian mission of medicine. He currently serves as a QI/R&D director at St. Vincent’s Student Clinic and a research and publications chair for the Society of Student Run Clinics. He was also recently named a Schweitzer fellow to develop a community garden program to empower patients suffering chronic diseases to take control of their health. On his off time, Caleb has immersed himself into Galveston’s island culture and taken up surfing in the infamous “Galveston brown”; last year, he had the privilege of helping children with disabilities learn to surf through Waves of Impact. As a physician-scientist in training, Caleb hopes to serve as a link among the realms of scientific theory, clinical practice, and spirituality. He is honored to be part of a community of students and faculty who seek to learn from medicine’s past, contribute to its present, and advance its future. Class of 2025 Student Scholars John W. Davis Close John W. Davis John is an MD-PhD student in Population Health Sciences at UTMB. His interests range from the traditional humanities and medical ethics to creating a deeper evidence-base in medicine through the use of meta-analysis and other novel techniques. His passion is advocating for health interventions and policies that create egalitarian opportunities for all persons to survive, thrive, and enjoy life. He serves as Chair at the St. Vincent’s Student Run Free Clinic in Galveston, and regularly serves as a peer reviewer for journals in family and internal medicine. He ultimately hopes to serve his community as an academic and clinical cardiologist. His time outside of work revolves around spending time with his wife Jacquelyn and the rest of his family. Class of 2024 Student Scholars Sheina Duncan Close Sheina Duncan Sheina Duncan was born and raised in Houston, TX. She earned a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering, with honors, and a minor in Religious Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. As a MD-MPH student at UTMB, she serves as the President of SOM Class of 2024, Founder and Executive President of Connect at UTMB, and President of Street Medicine Galveston. She also sits on several institutional and community boards, as she has always been more focused on uplifting those around her. Sheina is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health that impact health care feasibility and accessibility for marginalized and underserved populations, through policy and technological interventions. Her time spent in the Galveston community earned her the UTMB Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Service Award, making her one of the first MS1s to be nominated and win the honor. She was UTMB's first medical student to be selected as a Graduate Fellow in the Archer Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. Also, she was recently named a Schweitzer Fellow to further develop her community program to empower socioeconomically disadvantaged elementary and middle school students in their educational endeavors. Yet, spreading the Gospel remains her greatest commitment. Thus, her heart plans her direction, but she knows the Lord directs her steps. Grayson Jackson Close Grayson Jackson A lifelong Texan, Grayson R. Jackson was raised in Grapevine and attended Baylor University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2020. At Baylor, Grayson studied biology, public health, and medical humanities as a University Scholar and completed the Honors Program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core while maintaining a perfect GPA. He was named a Hillis Scholar in Biomedical Science and a Texas finalist for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. Grayson was introduced to scientific research in an environmental science lab at Baylor where he investigated lead-contaminated soil and childhood lead exposure. He also spent two summers at the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development in Houston where he conducted projects related to antigen cloning and purification for neglected tropical diseases like schistosomiasis and dirofilariasis. This research inspired his honors thesis, which explored the intersections of vaccine hesitancy with populism, political polarization, and public policy. Aside from his undergraduate studies, Grayson was also actively involved as a trumpet player and staff member in the Golden Wave Marching Band and as a member of student government, in which he helped organize Baylor's inaugural mental health awareness week. Grayson is currently an M.D.- Ph.D. student at UTMB with aspirations to become a physician scientist, physician-advocate, and medical educator. His clinical interests include infectious diseases and LGBTQ+ health, and he will pursue a Ph.D. at the Institute for Bioethics & Health Humanities to study ethics, law, and health policy. A believer in interdisciplinary education, Grayson also studies in the interprofessional Scholars Program and the global and public health tracks. Since moving from Waco to Galveston, Grayson has volunteered at St. Vincent's as a member of the steering committee and administrative team for the newly established interprofessional Clinic. He also serves as president of the Pediatric Student Association, chair of Allies in Health, and UTMB's student delegate to the Texas Medical Association. Grayson hopes to promulgate the values of Sir William Osler as a student and in his future clinical practice-one which integrates the medical humanities with patient-cent ered care. Jasmine Jones Close Jasmine Jones Jasmine Jones was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After attending a career high school where she completed her EMT certification training, Jasmine began her collegiate career at The University of Texas at Austin. Here she pursued a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biology, a Business minor, and graduated with honors. During her time as a student, Jasmine was a course assistant for introductory biology, a student educator and public speaking consultant at Sanger Learning Center, an ambassador for the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP), and a committed volunteer for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. Most not ably, Jasmine received the Mary Pendleton Volunteer of the Year Award for serving families with children in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. David's Medical Center. Now at UTMB, Jasmine is a dual degree MD/MPH candidate in the Class of 2024. She is inspired by William Osler's dedication to his patients and a desire to make a difference as she fosters a passion for community engagement and health policy hoping to make an impact in the communities where she resides. Currently, she is a student representative on the curriculum committee where she is able to provide a voice for fellow classmates pertaining to curricular changes. As First in the Family's second president, Jasmine advocates for first generation medical students through mentorship, networking, and incorporating first generation physicians at UTMB and now at undergraduate institutions across Texas. Regionally, Jasmine serves as the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Chair for the Student National Medical Association. In this role, she relays information and the national board's interests to the regional board concerning public health initiatives, voting, and policymaking in addition to serving on a national subcommittee that consists of constructing policy statements. Of utmost importance, she will create, plan and execute her own health initiative pertaining to physical and mental wellness in the Age of COVID-19 this year as the new chair. When she isn't involved in her passion projects or serving at the local, free student-run clinic, Jasmine enjoys trying new delicacies at Houston's top food spots, spending time with family and friends, reading anti-racism literature, or trying to stay healthy with a good workout. Currently, she's interested in obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatry, with the hopes of creating sustainable change in whichever fields she decides. Ultimately, Jasmine is dedicated to advocating for equitable healthcare, dismantling the systems that allow health disparities to exist and anti-racism work in her communities. Jacqueline Ochoa Close Jacqueline Ochoa Jacqueline "Jackie" Ochoa was born and raised in McAllen, Texas. Growing up on the border, she experienced social and health disparities within her community, influencing her to pursue a degree in Community Health and a Master of Public Health at Tufts University in Boston. At Tufts, she was given the opportunity to further study the health disparities she witnessed back home from an academic perspective. During her freshman year, Jackie received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship allowing her to study abroad. She did comparative research on the anti-obesity initiatives, food supply, and cultural perspectives of food in the US and France. Throughout college, Jackie was involved in mentorship and global health equity work through the Latino Peer Leader Program, Compass Scholars, Jumpstart, and GlobeMed. During her time in Boston, she interned at the Brigham and Women's Center for Community Health and Health Equity. As an intern, she worked on a formative evaluation to gain a deeper understanding of barriers to care that impacted new and expecting mothers within low-income communities. Jackie also worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a clinical researcher in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, conducting bilingual consultations for parents of pediatric patients regarding analgesic dosage and management. After graduating, she moved to Spain to continue learning and experiencing the world, becoming an Elementary ESL teacher in Madrid. Jackie continues her passion for mentorship and health equity at UTMB as the President of the Latino Medical Student Association, AHEC and interprofessional Scholar, St. Vincent's Clinic Intern, and Andreas Vesalius Osler Student Society Social Coordinator. Given her personal and professional experiences in childhood development, Jackie hopes to become a pediatrician and work on clinical and policy initiatives that address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) within vulnerable communities. She plans to practice medicine in the Rio Grande Valley to stay close to her family while working with and serving the community that raised her. Class of 2023 Student Scholars Kimberly H. Khoo Emeritus Student Scholar Close Kimberly H. Khoo Kimberly Khoo was born in Houston and raised in Sugar Land, Texas, for the majority of her life. She attended the University of Texas at Austin and graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biology with a concentration in Classical Civilizations. During her undergraduate career, Kim's passion for learning and meeting others led to her involvement in a variety of extracurricular activities, including being the Developmental Director of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the Admissions Director for the Health Careers Mentorship Program, and the Chapter Director of Camp Kesem. Her work with Camp Kesem, in particular, reinvigorated her desire to pursue medicine and showed her that there is more to being a physician than just treating an illness. She began to think of health as more of a holistic quality, not just a state of physical well-being. This led her to complete her honors thesis in the School of Social Work, where Kim sought to understand the development of resilience in children ages 9-12 years who have a parent with cancer. Kim also greatly enjoyed mentoring others during her time at UT. She was a mentor for incoming freshmen as they transitioned into college, as well as a mentor in a lab that sought to teach freshmen basic research skills. Kim also served as an undergraduate researcher in the George Georgiou lab, where she worked with Wissam Charab in the field of protein therapeutics.At UTMB, Kim hopes to grow in her mission to learn as much as she can and to be the best physician possible for her patients. She is humbled to have been chosen as an Osler Student Scholar and hopes that she can use this opportunity to learn more about the values that Sir William Osler demonstrated in his lifetime and to be an example of his teachings to her fellow classmates. J. Alberto Maldonado Close J. Alberto Maldonado Jose Alberto, known as Alberto, was born to undocumented immigrants in Honey Grove, a small town in northeast Texas with a population of less than 2000. He completed his undergraduate career at Rice University and graduated with a B.A. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with Distinction in Research and Creative Works. The summer of his sophomore year, he completed both a Global Brigade in Honduras and an internship with Shell before decided to drop all of his classes and switch into a pre-med track as a junior in college. During his time at Rice, he focused his volunteer and extracurricular interests on three main areas: college readiness, healthcare access, and immigration activism. Because of these efforts, he was awarded the Alan Grob Community Service Award and was one of three graduating seniors recognized at graduation with the Rice Service Award. After graduating from Rice, Alberto pursued a gap year working at MD Anderson in the inaugural class of Assistant Clinical Research Coordinators. In his new role, he coded over 500 chart reviews involving GU, CNS, breast, and bone metastasis subjects. His biggest project involved analyzing financial toxicity of a new rapid access bone metastases clinic. Alberto presented his research in an oral presentation at the largest professional Radiation Oncology conference, American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). His abstract was then chosen to be presented at the Best of ASTRO conference. Due to his efforts at MD Anderson, he has completed three abstract publications and one manuscript in the past year with more projects in the works. Since joining UTMB, he has continued to be involved. Alberto’s interest in academic medicine attracted him to the Translational Research Track and he is sponsored by the National Institute of Health to continue his work in the Radiation Oncology Department at MD Anderson. As a son of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Alberto saw firsthand the effects of a broken healthcare system and decided to volunteer regularly at St. Vincent’s, eventually joining the leadership team. He also became President of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) and Treasurer of the Oncology Interest Group. He hopes to one day serve as faculty at a cancer center and continue his interests in clinical and translational research. M. Vania Martinez Close M. Vania Martinez Vania Martinez was born in Monterrey, Mexico and moved to Austin, TX with her family at the age of eight. She attended high school at the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and graduated with honor in sciences. Vania proceeded to attend Austin College where she was exposed to the humanities and further enhanced her knowledge in the sciences. She graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Biology with a concentration in Ecology along with a double minor in Anthropology and Chemistry. While in Austin College, Vania was co-president of the pre-health society and was very involved in establishing volunteer opportunities for pre-medicine students at the Texoma Medical Center. Vania is also a proud member of The Joint Admissions Medical Program which facilitated her matching process into UTMB. She received multiple scholarships due to her work in the biomedical sciences and became a member of the Tri-Beta Honor’s Society. During her time at UTMB, Vania has become a coordinator to the Blackwell Society, where she is able to contribute to the Galveston Community thought various service events. She has also become vice-president of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Student Society, in the hopes to enhance networking and research opportunities for her fellow peers. Vania has been dedicated towards providing for the underserved through her work in Street Medicine as well as her volunteer work in St. Vincent’s. Furthermore, Vania is enrolled in the community engagement track and is pursuing a master’s in Public Health. Through these activities she hopes to acquire the knowledge necessary to assist her future patients beyond the clinic. Jacob A. Moran Emeritus Student Scholar Close Jacob A. Moran 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. Kendall Wermine Close Kendall Wermine Kendall Wermine grew up in the small town of Lakewood Village, TX with her parents and three sisters. Even without a college education of their own, her parents knew the value of education and sacrificing to send their four daughters to private catholic school, driving an hour there and back each day. Her parents love to tell the story of her announcing she wanted to be a doctor at the age of three, little did they know, almost 20 years after that she would start medical school. Kendall has always had a calling to serve others receiving the president's gold award for community service in eighth grade and creating a service organization in high school that partnered with the Donami foundation, New Eyes for the Needy, and the Rainbow Room in Dallas to help children both abroad and at home. Kendall attended Abilene Christian University earning her B.S in Biochemistry and graduating as valedictorian. The road to graduation was rough as in spring of her freshman year she went in for emergency surgery and due to complications, was attached to a wound vac for nine months. She was shuttled between doctors in her small college town and in the large city near home. When she went home the doctors saw her as just her disease that could be fixed with the same resources, they used on everybody else. That was not the case, in fact, the treatment they prescribed extended the healing time leading for her to be attached to the machine longer. When being treated for her disease in Abilene, the doctor sat down and talked with her about life and how she was outside of her disease. Sir William Osler said, "The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease." Kendall has experienced the difference between good and great physicians firsthand, showing her the type of doctor she hopes to one day become. A doctor that sees a patient before they see a problem and a doctor that works with their patients to find what is best for them. This setback did not deter Kendall's goal of becoming a doctor and helping others, in fact she spent her time in freshmen year and beyond continuing to organize service events at the school such as a breast cancer awareness day, writing letters to the troops, and planning Easter and Christmas events for low-income families in Abilene. Kendall's calling to help others never faltered as she became a member of the UTMB class of 2023. Kendall is the Founder of First in the Family, a UTMB organization to help students find access to resources, networking opportunities, and a support system for students facing the challenges of being the first in their family to attend medical school. Kendall organized talks on finding research, mentorship, and understanding financial aid to help first generation students on their road to becoming great doctors. The organization has grown from Kendall's lone idea to now the largest organization in the School of Medicine at UTMB with plans to start expanding to other Texas medical schools. Kendall is also part of the Translational Research Tract at UTMB focusing her research on burns and reconstructive plastic surgery earning a grant from the National Institute of Health through the program. Kendall's passion for helping others and increasing the confidence of those around her has led her to the field of surgery. As of right now Kendall is leaning towards reconstructive plastic surgery or general surgery with later specialization in burns. Since Kendall knows what it's like to be on the other side of the scalpel and hospital bed, her goal through those fields is to return function and confidence to her future patients and become a doctor who embodies the words of Sir William Osler. Class of 2022 Student Scholars Carolyn Nguyen Close Carolyn Nguyen Carolyn Nguyen was born in Fountain Valley, California and raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated as the valedictorian of George Bush High School in 2014 and attended The University of Texas at Dallas. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies with a minor in Biology in 2018, graduating summa cum laude with majors honors as well. She was part of the Honors College at UT-Dallas due to her acceptance as a Terry Scholar. This distinction was a full-ride scholarship and the blessing that allowed her to fund her entire ungraduated education. She was also a proud student of the Joint Admission Medical Program, which paved her way to medical school at UTMB. While at UT-Dallas, Carolyn served as the president of Dancing for a Cause, a hip-hop dance team that would donate all proceeds to charities such as St. Luke’s and Alex’s Lemonade Stand for children’s cancer research. She was also a member of Global Brigades and participated in a medical and dental brigade in Honduras At UTMB, Carolyn serves as the President of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Student Society, where she hopes to spark interest in the fields amongst her fellow classmates and contribute to the furthering of women’s healthcare. She is part of the Global Health Track, where she hopes to cultivate her interest in healthcare for women living in developing countries. During the summer of 2019, she traveled to Kenya where she conducted research on power dynamics and the empowerment of women who have monetary control versus the detriment to mental health that lack of power ensues. She is currently furthering Oslerian principles as the community service chair for TMA/AMA and acting on the Board of Directors for her Osler society. She hopes to continue serving her community for the remainder of her academic career and well into the future as a physician. Hamza Uddin Close Hamza Uddin Hamza Uddin was born in Newton, New Jersey and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated William B Travis High school in 2014 and attended Sam Houston State University. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in Biomedical sciences, minor in Philosophy, and academic distinction in Biology. He was additionally accepted into the Joint Admissions Medical Program at Sam Houston, which provided him with the resources he needed to apply to UTMB. During his time at Sam Houston State University, Hamza Uddin served as a leader of the Honors Ambassador program, medical volunteer with the Sam Houston Association of Medically Oriented Students, and musician with the Bearkat Marching Band.At UTMB, Hamza has served as Director of St. Vincent's Student Run Clinic, President of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group, Co-Founder of Business and Leadership in Medicine, Honors Education Council Chairman, as well as Co-President of Syncope A Capella. He is also a part of the Physician-Healer Track, which serves to strengthen self-awareness, self-reflection, interpersonal communication skills, self-care, and work-life balance, and has found great benefit in learning to ground himself and serve his patients in his practice because of this training. Hamza's passions include philosophy, music, medical humanities, and mentorship. After graduating from UTMB, Hamza wishes to pursue a career as a Congenital Heart Surgeon; he is honored and humbled to be a part of this profound field and hopes to help push the boundaries of what is possible in the future.