Student ScholarsJohn P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine Student Scholars Carlos G. Chavez Close Carlos G. Chavez Carlos Chavez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He grew up on both sides of the border where he was able to encounter the inequities of the Hispanic community firsthand which influenced his pursuit of medicine. He was the first member of his family to be fluent in English, pursue higher education, and achieve a college degree. He would teach his family members English as well as tutor his younger relatives to assist them in their pursuit of higher education as well. Carlos pursued a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso where he graduated with honors. He worked multiple jobs during his time at UTEP while working at least 3 full-time jobs simultaneously at any given moment to help fund his higher education. He would work 12-hour night and weekend shifts in the multiple emergency departments where he was able to immerse himself in the health disparities that plagued his community. As a result of his upbringing, he developed an immense passion for mentorship, fighting health inequities, and increasing underrepresented minority representation in higher education. Carlos embraces these passions at UTMB by contributing to several organizations and causes on campus. He has devoted much of his time to helping mentor his colleagues and serve the URM communities within Galveston and in the border regions. He has served as the Vice-President of the Latino Medical Student Association, Vice-President of the Class of 2024, Phi Beta Pi Medical Fraternity President, Que Quiere Decir Student Organization Co-Director, and the Simulation Society Vice-President. He hopes to uphold and teach the principles of Sir William Osler in the attempt of improving the state of our healthcare system and promote the equity and personalization of the patients seen. Carlos is interested in general surgery with the hopes of increasing underrepresented minority (URM) representation in the field, mentoring students who are interested in pursuing it, as well as inspiring future generations of students. He aspires to elicit change in the healthcare system and advocate for health equity among disadvantaged populations. Above all else, however, he wishes to follow in the path of the trailblazers that came before him so that he may also leave a trail for those who may follow. John W. Davis Emeritus Student Scholar 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. Caleb J. Huang Emeritus Student Scholar 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. 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 notably, 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. 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 Emeritus Student Scholar 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. Bianca O. Obinyan Emeritus Student Scholar Close Bianca O. Obinyan Bianca Obinyan was born and raised in Houston, Texas. Growing up under the roof of two Nigerian immigrant, Bianca learned to go above and beyond in her academics and community service. She completed her undergraduate career at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she wrote an honors thesis highlighting how socioeconomic status impacts how elementary students process language and mathematics. Bianca graduated with a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in neurology. Prior to starting medical school, she took a gap year where she worked as a clinical research assistant at The Developmental Neuropsychology Clinic (DNC) at UTHealth Science Center at Houston. In this role, she worked with a team of child psychologists and administered parent questionnaires to measure adaptive behavior in children with cognitive, developmental, and behavioral concerns. Bianca also collected and processed stool samples of a large-scale study investigating the role probiotics have in autism-related gastroenterology issues in autistic children. Bianca has continued to be a phenomenal leader and advocate since joining UTMB as an MD-MPH student in 2019. While she has served as the president of Student National Medical Association, Healthy Policy Coordinator of the Center for Violence Prevention, and Deans Ambassador, Bianca is most known locally for her role as the Policy Task Force coordinator of The Future is US. The Future is US is a community-based organization focused on improving the quality of education for Black students in Galveston Independent School District (GISD). As the Policy Task Force Coordinator, she has created a policy brief highlighting the racial inequities in school discipline. Her brief led to a grant prompting an equity audit of GISD. Bianca’s received the prestigious US Public Health Service Excellence in Public Health Award for the impact she has had in the Galveston community. She plans on becoming a Child and Adolescent psychiatrist where she will continue advocating for youth in and outside of the hospital through service and community engagement. 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. Cynthia C. Okafor Close Cynthia C. Okafor Cynthia Okafor, originally from Nigeria, has spent the majority of her adult life in Houston. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health, driven by her passion for effecting change on a global scale. Throughout her career, Cynthia has actively pursued diverse roles and experiences that align with her goals. In her previous role as an Epidemiology Lead, Cynthia led a team of case investigators and contact tracers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership, empathy, and ability to adapt to challenging and changing environments were crucial in mitigating the spread of the virus. As a medical student, Cynthia is deeply committed to her educational institution, where she serves as a student ambassador, academic tutor, and holds the position as her class vice president. Additionally, she is actively involved in other impactful organizations and dedicates her time as a volunteer when she is not engrossed in her studies. Additionally, as a firm believer in self-improvement, Cynthia actively seeks out opportunities for professional development. She has attended multiple conferences, with her most recent one being the AAMC RISE conference held in Washington D.C. These conferences enable Cynthia to stay updated on the latest advancement and trends in medicine, broaden her knowledge base, and network with other like-minded professionals. In addition to her professional and academic pursuits, Cynthia co-founded a non-profit organization, where she serves as a mentor to pre-medical students, particularly those from underserved backgrounds. Through this initiative, she provides guidance and support, empowering aspiring healthcare professionals to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals. By supporting and uplifting the future generation of healthcare providers, Cynthia is actively shaping the future of healthcare in her community. One of Cynthia’s remarkable contributions to the community is her involvement in the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. As a fellow, she leads a project dedicated to addressing and redefining homelessness. By fostering collaboration with local business owners, Cynthia forms partnerships that positively impact unhoused individual, making a tangible difference in her community.Outside of her academic pursuits, Cynthia maintains a healthy work-life balance by participating in UTMB intramural basketball. Engaging in this activity not only allows her to enjoy her passion for sports but also provides valuable opportunities to develop her communication skills and foster a strong sense of teamwork.Cynthia’s empathetic nature, resilience, and unwavering dedication drive her to navigate complex challenges and create positive impacts in her local community and beyond. Through her commitment to continuous improvement, she aims to address community needs, reduce disparities, and advocate for equitable and accessible healthcare for all.Cynthia is immensely grateful to the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine for the tremendous privilege of being selected as a student scholar. She is certain that this prestigious opportunity will have a profound impact on her medical education and personal growth. Jane O. Onyemachi Close Jane O. Onyemachi Jane Onyemachi is a first-generation Nigerian American born and raised in Houston, TX. From a young age, Jane knew she was destined to respond to the call to serve others. Jane built upon this interest throughout high school by volunteering, shadowing, and engaging in healthcare-related classes and extracurricular activities. After high school, she attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with Honors with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then began her nursing career in 2018 as an ICU nurse in San Antonio, TX, where she served on several committees, such as Methodist Hospital Unit Practice Council and Resuscitation Committee. She received numerous certifications, such as Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Specialist, to advance her knowledge and skills to better serve the critical patients she encountered in the unit. A large motivator that ultimately led her to transition to medicine was the firsthand account of the exposure and conditions of working during a global crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic. Her time working as a nurse has enabled her to be a compassionate caregiver and truly understand and appreciate the human condition as she responds to the call to a commitment to lifelong learning through medicine. As a medical student, Jane has participated in and led numerous initiatives and currently sits on multiple local and national board positions. During her first year of medical school, she co-founded a national organization, Women in Anesthesiology Medical Student Component, dedicated to upholding the commitment to the professional and personal development of current and future women anesthesiologists. Additionally, during her second year of medical school, through the support of the Student National Medical Association chapter at UTMB, Jane planned and successfully executed a virtual conference geared towards those that are underrepresented in medicine, coined Discover Medicine, that provided an opportunity for over 300 pre-medical students throughout the state of Texas to network, receive mentorship, and engage themselves with experiencing what medical school looks like. She is also a co-founder of a new start-up called ProvidersLikeMe which aims to provide an online platform that allows patients to find and connect with physicians proficient in unique patient care needs to create more effective patient-physician interactions and reduce health inequities. Some of her passions in medicine include mentorship, patient advocacy, mitigating health disparities, and her desire to promote a culture of inclusivity and diversity needed for the future of medicine and for improved patient outcomes for all. Outside of school, Jane has an interest in Zumba, hiking, and relaxing in nearly any body of water. She also likes to travel and stays busy with her family’s Yorkies, Milo and Marley. Jane values the strength and support of close friends and family and notes her greatest inspiration as her mother, Chinkata Onyemachi, and her late grandmother, Emily Nwariaku. Bryan G. Pearson Close Bryan G. Pearson Bryan Pearson is from Cedar City, Utah, a small town 60 miles North of Zion National Park. Following his graduation from high school, he served a two-year volunteer mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Santa Fe, Argentina. Upon returning from his mission, he attended Southern Utah University (SUU) where he competed on the men’s track and field team and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. While attending SUU, Bryan volunteered to help Angel Flight West collect personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, and other essentials to be sent to the Navajo Nation during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Also during his time at SUU, he partnered with Solid Rock International to provide health screenings, medications, and food to underserved communities surrounding the city of San Juan in the Dominican Republic. Bryan has embraced his passion for underserved communities at UTMB by becoming an AHEC scholar and volunteering with the vision and retinopathy screening programs at St. Vincent’s student-run clinic. As a member of the running club at UTMB, he organized a walk-a-thon fundraiser and raised over $1,000 for the St. Vincent’s House Hope Tree to provide Christmas gifts to indigent families. Additionally, Bryan co-founded a Walk with a Doc chapter at UTMB promoting preventive health care to the Galveston community. Bryan plans to become an ophthalmologist where he will continue to be involved in community engagement and focus on serving marginalized populations. N. Claire Phillips-Latham Close N. Claire Phillips-Latham A woman of deep faith, Claire Phillips-Latham espouses first and foremost her Unitarian Universalist belief in a “Spark of the divine in every person,” that every individual has within them a unique and precious light only they can offer to the world. On her medical school journey, it is this faith that drives her – that she may be able to uplift others and help them recover to pursue the work they were born to do. Claire received her bachelor’s degrees in human ecology and microbiology from The University of Texas at Austin, as well as her master’s in public health epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center with focus on infectious diseases and global health. A nontraditional student, before attending medical school, she taught public school science for three years, where she delighted in helping students discover the world of science and inquiry. Though she has left the classroom to begin medical school, Claire utilized her educational training through her research, in which she constructed the curriculum for an intervention training program fostering psychological flexibility in transdiagnostic patient populations, in addition to serving the class of 2026 on the John Sealy School of Medicine (JSSOM) Curriculum Committee. Over the past summer, Claire also took part in a global health preceptorship, conducting community health research and offering community dynamics training to underserved communities in Meru County, Kenya. Her current projects include writing, publishing, and performing poetry at events across the state of Texas, serving as an officer in several student organizations, and volunteering with Luke Society, Frontera de Salud, and Grace Clinic. In the future, Claire plans to become a family physician and hopes to one day hold a teaching position at a medical school, combining her passions for education and medicine. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” May it be so. Tracy Tang Close Tracy Tang Tracy Tang was born in Vietnam and came to the US at the age of two (2). Her father was a major in the South Vietnamese government and held in a prison camp for over 15 years. Tracy’s family was granted asylum and came to the US as refugees. Tracy grew up in Santa Ana, California and graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with departmental honors in biology. After UCLA, Tracy served in AmeriCorps for two years with a nonprofit crisis center for victims of domestic violence. Tracy also pursued and received her Master of Arts in occupational therapy (OT) at the University of Southern California. After OT school, Tracy practiced as a licensed clinical occupational therapist for two years across industrial rehabilitation, adult rehabilitation, outpatient pediatrics, and home health settings. She has presented her work in OT at state and national conferences. When the pandemic hit in 2020, Tracy made the decision to apply to medical school. Tracy is interested in the intersection of humanities, community health, business, and technology. She has chosen activities to reflect these values. At UTMB, Tracy is a student coordinator in her Renee Laénnec Osler Student Society, where she helps promote Oslerian ideals and humanities in medicine. Tracy is passionate about community health and serves as the SOM representative for the Steering Committee for Community Engagement and Education. Tracy is a student advisor for the UTMB Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E) Studio. Tracy’s team, Village @ Mile Zero, won 2nd place at Incubate Galveston’s Inaugural Hackathon for designing a digital health application to empower patients with diabetes in Galveston. Since then, they’ve received a grant from the UTMB Institution of Translational Sciences to move forward with their project. Tracy was selected to participate in the inaugural Bridge Venture Fellowship, a learning-opportunity for historically excluded students to learn about venture capital. Tracy is currently collaborating with UTMB’s I&E Studio to develop Sling Health at UTMB, an incubator for cross disciplinary student teams to develop and commercialize solutions to real-world, clinical problems.Outside of school, Tracy has an interest in art history—some of her favorite works are by Renoir and Monet. She enjoys Impressionism and Rococo art forms. Tracy also loves to practice yoga She is a certified yoga instructor and completed her 200-hour teaching training with Black Swan Yoga Houston. Tracy plans to integrate mindfulness and movement into her practice of medicine. Leonard K. Wang Close Leonard K. Wang Leonard Wang was born in Bellevue, Washington and raised in Austin, Texas. He completed a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Houston through an accelerated BS/MD program. In college, Leonard was awarded funding to conduct environmental conservation research in the Galápagos Islands. In the archipelago, he tracked critically endangered Galápagos petrels and mapped their nests using ArcGIS. He also received a grant for his externship with the University of Houston College of Medicine and the Patient Care Intervention Center to develop social determinants of health screening for Federally Qualified Health Centers in Harris County. Through the FrameWorks Fellowship, Leonard completed a one-year interdisciplinary humanities research program and published an article on the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on material culture, ontological security, and liminality. At UTMB, Leonard is an MD/MPH student and plans to pursue an MBA as well. He works as the Health Policy Research Coordinator for UTMB's Department of Family Medicine and was the first medical student to be selected for the American Society of Human Genetics' advocacy program. Fueled by his passion for narrative medicine and writing, Leonard is an editor-in-chief for Mosaic in Medicine. His interests in the medical humanities and history led him to the American Osler Society, where he serves on the Board of Governors. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, Leonard worked with Teen Health Center, Inc. to deliver a vaping harm reduction curriculum in Galveston. His work has been published in Academic Medicine, Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Journal of Medicine Open, and other journals. Leonard plans to pursue a career at the intersection of clinical practice, policy, and healthcare management to reduce health inequities and provide compassionate care to the underserved.