May 10, 2017

Seven medical students named inaugural class of Health Equity Scholars

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Seven rising second-year medical students have been chosen for the first class of the School of Medicine’s new Health Equity Scholars Program. Created earlier this year, the program will prepare medical students with the skills and training they need to work with medically underserved populations.

The 2017 Heath Care Equity Scholars are:

  • Kelsie Dodson of Birmingham
  • Hannah Hashimi of Mobile
  • Winston Joe of Vestavia Hills
  • Shreya Kashyap of New Orleans
  • Callie Perkins of Sierra Vista, Arizona
  • Michael Puccinelli of Chicago, Illinois
  • Jamiko Rose of Birmingham
“We were overwhelmed by the quality and quantity of applicants in this inaugural year.  We received 32 applications, each of which demonstrated a strong desire to care for underserved populations.  We look forward to seeing how this small cohort will not only grow as individuals but also impact the culture of their class to be more attuned to the non-biomedical contributors to health,” said Caroline Harada.  

The Health Equity Scholars Program will help students develop expertise in the social determinants of health and health disparities through curricular, extracurricular, scholarship, and teaching activities.