Department of Family and Social Medicine

Class of 2014

Ariel Aguillard, M.D.
Meharry Medical College

Ariel received many honors while in medical school, including AOA, Dean’s List Recognition, Meharry General Endowed Scholarship and Family Medicine and Residents National Conference Minority Scholarship. She has an impressive record of volunteerism. She volunteered with SNMA, the Meharry Student Government Association and the FM Interest Group to help provide health screenings, organize a cell phone drive for victim’s of domestic violence, distribute cards and gifts to nursing home residents, create a quilt for a nursing home residents, read to elementary school children, and help raise funds for the Nashville Cares HIV/AIDS Foundation. She promoted awareness and fundraising by walking for oral cancer, breast cancer and HIV/AIDS. She worked with the FMIG Community Service Committee to develop and organize many service projects to benefit their community.

 
 
 

Joel Bumol, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Joel was recognized by the Bronx Westchester Academy of Family Medicine in 2011 for Outstanding Leadership. He was nominated into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. He received the Sue Golding Service and Research Scholarship. He worked with the DFSM’s Dr. Sean Lucan on research related to help map non-traditional food sources in the Bronx. While he served as the AMSA Health Policy Chair he organized a Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Crowley to discuss health issues and he coordinated two lobbying trips to promote universal health care and primary care. He was selected by Congressman Crowley’s office to serve on an expert panel leading up to the health care reform debate. He was the Chair and an active member of the Einstein Umbrella for Social Justice Group which organizes events and projects to promote social justice and health equity.

Prior to medical school, Joel worked as a research assistant to Dr. Jim Yong Kim in Harvard’s School of Public Health and contributed to publications and lectures on global health and social medicine. Joel’s impressive work in community service and social justice extends back into his high school and college years.

 
 
 

William DeWitt, M.D.
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

William was selected to participate in the University of Cincinnati’s Medical Student Scholar’s Program initiative on Poverty, Justice and Health. William was selected by faculty for this competitive program because of his impressive record of service and demonstrated commitment to vulnerable populations. William volunteered and served as a trainer for other student volunteers at the student-run free clinic in Cincinnati’s busiest homeless shelter. He was the Co-President of UC’s LGBT People in Medicine, a member of the student Wellness Committee and the President of AMSA at UC. As AMSA President and the Regional Conference Coordinator, he lead a team of more than 20 volunteers to organize a 3 day conference on Social Justice and Medicine attended by more than 300 medical students. Proceeds from the conference went to Partners in Health and a local homeless shelter. Prior to medical school, William interned for SOTENI International in Kenya to expand health services in an impoverished rural area.

 
 
 

Maria Gervits, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Maria, or Masha, was born in the Soviet Union, but grew up in the Bronx. She went to college at SUNY Purchase and attended medical school at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. While in medical school, Masha was involved with Medical Students for Choice, traveled to Ecuador to assist in medical care and improve her Spanish, and was initiated into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She also volunteered with and was involved in the leadership of the Einstein Community Health Outreach (ECHO) free student-run clinic throughout medical school. In her last year at Einstein, Masha studied the application of Community Oriented Primary Care in family medicine practices in Barcelona, Spain. She loves to read fiction, travel, knit, sing, and go camping and hiking. She is fluent in Russian and speaks Spanish.

 
 
 

Shakeilla Howell, M.D.
Howard University College of Medicine

Shakeilla was awarded many honors in medical school including, the National African American Youth Initiative Appreciation Award, Humanitarian Award, Outstanding Service and Leadership Award in both 2008 and 2009, Community Service Award and the Edward Anthony Rankin Jr Endowed Scholarship. She was a volunteer at the New Freedman’s Clinic, a student-run free clinic. She mentored minority and disadvantaged students toward health careers as part of the National African American Youth Initiative Program. She volunteered on a medical mission to Haiti. She was the Vice President for AMSA and organized service learning projects to promote health awareness and activism, coordinated health fairs and provided health education at shelters and schools. She also served as the Vice President of Community Affairs at Howard and planned volunteer events for students including food drives, health fairs, clothing drives, health education, mentoring and support for school children and hospitalized children.

 
 
 

Jessica Marrero, M.D.
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Jessica was awarded a Gold Foundation Summer Fellowship and the Sapphire Award in Community Health Excellence. Most notably Jessica is the founder of PALS, Partners of Adolescent Lifestyle Support, in Gainesville Florida, a peer-directed high school program for suicide and violence prevention that also now covers chronic disease, abuse and education. The program includes every high school in the district, has raised more than a million dollars in support and treated 30,000 teens. For this effort, Jessica was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. She is the founder of the Literary Music Therapy Group at Bradley Children’s Hospital, to help teens on the inpatient psychiatry unit write contemporary music. She is the President of Physician as Communicator which promotes doctor’s writing. She has written and directed several plays. She served on the Board of Directors for Physicians for Human Rights. She was a medical volunteer in Durban, South Africa with Child Health International and conducted research for a multi-media play. She assisted on a research project entitled, “Reducing Ethnic Health Disparities: Motivating HIV+ Latino Smokers to Quit Smoking”. As the president of the Young Doctor’s Club she led efforts to mentor underprivileged high school students toward careers in medicine. She is developing Spanish proficiency.

 
 
 

Jun Mitsumoto, M.D. MPH
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Jun plans to use his training in family medicine to advocate for and participate in the creation of heath policies that bolster the role of primary care towards a better health care system in the U.S. In 2010, Jun was honored with the American Academy of Family Physician’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award. As a medical student, Jun was closely involved in the operations and continuing development of Columbia's student-run free medical clinic for the uninsured in Washington Heights. Jun was an important organizing force in his class as web master and also taught the underclasses through the Student Success Network, the peer-to-peer teaching program at Columbia. Prior to medical school, he worked as an intern for Mechai Viravaidya at the Population and Development Association in Bangkok, Thailand. His projects included a school health and hygiene campaign for 8,000 children in tsunami affected villages in southern Thailand and an economic development program for individuals with HIV/AIDS. Jun volunteered in the disaster relief effort and functioned in a freelance capacity to organize civil service efforts following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

 
 
 

Christopher Moore, M.D., MPH
Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University

Christopher's impressive record of volunteerism includes community health fairs, as well as providing support, companionship and assistance to vulnerable pregnant women and hospitalized children as part of the Mount Sinai Prenatal Partnership and Meds Visit Peds programs. Chris also served as a youth mentor for Mount Sinai's Center for Excellence in Youth Education. He coordinated and implemented Mount Sinai’s first annual “Viva El Barrio , a World AIDS Day event to recognize East Harlem’s role in fighting HIV infection in New York. As a community researcher and project coordinator for Connect To Protect, a NIH-funded, national research program of the Adolescent Medicine Trials Network (ATN), Chris worked with local service organizations to develop HIV risk reduction interventions for youth. Chris was an active leader with local community-based organizations, including the East Harlem HIV Care Network and the Young Men of Color Coalition Steering Committees. During his public health work at Yale University, Chris collaborated with the Ndwedwe District Child Survival Project in Durban, South Africa to conduct his MPH thesis work entitled “ Care-Seeking Behaviors for Pediatric Pneumonia in Ndwedwe District, South Africa: Emerging Trends in the Context of HIV/AIDS."

 
 
 

Elizabeth Reed, M.D. MPH
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Elizabeth was awarded the 2010 Society of Teacher’s of Family Medicine Education Conference Student Scholarship for outstanding achievements as a medical student. She received the Jay Sharp Scholarship for her MPH work. She was also awarded a Gold Humanism Summer Service Fellowship for her work on the Columbia- Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership. She served as the co-director for the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership where she co-directs the new student-run free clinic for the homeless, including securing grant funding for program support, collaborations with community groups and resources, outreach, education and training. She presented her work on student education through clinic service with her colleagues at the AAFP Students and Residents national conference in 2010. She was selected to participate in the Daniel Noyes Brown Selective in Primary Care, a four-year longitudinal experience in COPC. Prior to medical school, she helped open an FQHC in Pittsburg as an Americorp volunteer, worked as a summer intern for Partners in Health studying the involvement of WHO and NGO’s with Russian TB experts in forming the Russian TB policy during the 1990’s and was a teaching assistant for children with autism, mental retardation and medical disabilities in the Fairfax, VA public schools. She speaks Russian and Spanish.

 
 
 

Juan Robles, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Juan grew up in the Bronx. He is an inductee in the gold Humanism Honor Society. He assisted in a research study of nutrition literacy in the Bronx with Judith Wylie-Rosett. He served as a volunteer and session coordinator for the ECHO student-run free clinic. He mentored first year students through Einstein’s Big Brother/Sister Program and Uncle Albert mentoring program. He was chosen to be a Fellow in the Mayor’s Health Literacy Fellowship during which he learned, taught and studied health literacy for community. During his fellowship he provided health literacy education and started a weight loss program for the West Farms community of the Bronx. He mentored underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in health through the Mentoring in Medicine program. Prior to medical school he taught science in the Bronx and Washington Heights as a New York City Teaching Fellow. He is fluent in Spanish.

 
 
 

Hilary Rosenstein, M.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Hilary was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society and was recognized with the Social Justice Award at AECOM upon graduation. Hilary served as a board member for the Einstein Medical Students for Choice chapter and the Family and Social Medicine Interest group and was involved in the ECHO student-run free clinic. Prior to medical school she spent 4 years helping to develop the Community Health Division of the Montefiore School Health Program. The focus of her work was on creating sustainable school based obesity prevention programs through partnerships with the school and the community. She is proficient in Spanish.

 
 
 

Angelina Shigeura, M.D.
Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Angelina was awarded and Albert Schweitzer Fellowship which allowed her to design a project to address barriers to health care for immigrant and uninsured population of the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. She volunteered as a tutor for children with severe behavioral, emotional or mental disabilities through the Helping Ourselves to Succeed through Uniting Frien (HOTSTUFF). As a volunteer with International Service Immersion, she spent a summer providing free health services in the Guatemalan highlands. She worked as a volunteer at the Community Health Clinic, a student-run free clinic in Chicago. Prior to medical school she was a Peace Corp volunteer in Rio Tigre, Panama. She was a volunteer and research assistant at the Oakland County Hospital in Oakland, CA. She performed needs assessments and surveys to improve access and care for the homeless and day labor populations in San Francisco’s Mission District as a research assistant with the Delores Street Community Center. She is fluent in Spanish.

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