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Class of 2014

Samir S. Hasan
Jacqueline Posada
Samir S. Hasan
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Sean M. Paschall M.D., MPH
Sean M. Paschall
Sean M. Paschall
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Sean Paschall is a member of the 2014 class at the University of Texas Medical Branch in the combined M.D./M.P.H. program. After graduating high school in Denver, CO Sean attended Rice University and received a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering in 2009 as a magna cum laude graduate. During his time at Rice he was involved with many community and health projects such as YMCA's outdoor lab camp and Engineers Without Borders in addition to serving as a volunteer emergency medical technician.

While at UTMB Sean has been involved in school and community based events focused on student education and preventative healthcare.  Sean served as a co-director of Student Liaisons to guide incoming medical students, director of Student Ambassadors for interviewing medical school applicants, as well as a director of Sir William Osler's Name That Book. Sean and fellow Osler Student Scholar Greg Valentine started this program in 2010 to instill a passion for self-directed learning and reading in third and fourth graders through mentorship from medical students. The program brought together several community members and four Galveston elementary schools in addition to a great number of UTMB members to mentor the kids and make reading enjoyable for them. The program is now in its fourth year and is a part of five elementary schools.

In 2012 Sean was inducted into UTMB’s chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha in addition to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and received the American Medical Associations Physicians of Tomorrow Award.  Sean plans pursue a career in anesthesiology and pain management with a focus on interventional approaches and prevention efforts.  He has a great passion for creative thinking and engineering design and enjoys long boarding and golf in his spare time.

Roxanne L. Radi
Roxanne L. Radi
Roxanne L. Radi
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Roxanne Radi is a member of UTMB's class of 2014. Before coming to UTMB, she attended the Johns Hopkins University where she earned degrees in Public Health and Latin American Studies. Since beginning medical school, she has become a regular volunteer at St. Vincent's Free clinic. She also volunteered in the Newborn Nursery and NICU as a first year student while helping the Sailing Club at UTMB as an instructor teaching other students how to sail. As a first year student, Roxanne served as a mentor in the Name That Book program, and this year she is excitedly planning the upcoming year's events as a program co-director.

Roxanne is interested in preventive medicine and spent 7 weeks in northern China at a family medicine residency program studying sustainability in foreign medical education. She is currently UTMB's representative delegate to the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association and is working on improving UTMB's representation in the Texas caucus and encouraging resolution writing from UTMB students.

Jaipreet Suri
Jaipreet Suri
Jaipreet Suri
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Jaipreet Suri is a member of UTMB's School of Medicine Class of 2014. Before coming to UTMB, Jaipreet graduated Cum Lade from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance, and a minor in Psychology. While at SMU, Jaipreet received SMU’s most highly prized recognition bestowed upon students, faculty, staff, and administrators - The ‘M’ Award. Throughout his undergraduate career, Jaipreet tutored and mentored high school students from low income and disadvantaged families in math and science and was involved in several community and leadership projects.

At UTMB, Jaipreet has served in various capacities, including the Vice-President of the UTMB American Medical Association and Texas Medical Association (AMA/TMA) chapters and Co-Director of the Asclepios Osler Student Society. Jaipreet exemplifies extraordinary integrity, servant-leadership, and compassion, which mirrors his life-long dedication of serving others. Since his second year of medical school, Jaipreet has been organizing an Anti-Tobacco campaign each year in Galveston, Texas. Student leaders from UTMB go to schools (grades 2-8) around Galveston and educate children about the negative effects of tobacco in an attempt to deter them from taking up smoking and/or using tobacco products. Last year, Jaipreet expanded the program to Houston, Texas and more than 1,200 students participated in the program.

Jaipreet has a strong passion for research. He has been involved in multiple research projects since his first year of medical school and has presented his original research at several national meetings. Jaipreet continues to volunteer at his church, St. Vincent’s Student Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Galveston Island Tree Conservancy, and other volunteer projects on the island.

Class of 2015

Brian E. Dillon
Jacqueline Posada
Brian E. Dillon
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Brian Dillon is a member of the UTMB School of Medicine Class of 2015. Upon graduating from Farmersville High School, he attended Texas Tech University where he studied Spanish, Philosophy, Chemistry, and Microbiology. During his undergraduate career he participated in asthma and allergy research to investigate the role of early exposure to soy protein in the prevention of development of soy allergy later in life. He was extensively involved as an officer in the Catholic Student Association, where he cultivated a passion for social justice and humanistic compassion for all people. In 2010, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

For one year prior to his entrance to medical school, Brian worked in the laboratory of Dr. Robin Stephens at UTMB researching malaria immunology in light of developing an effective vaccine. During this time, he became involved with Catholic Medical Professionals and the medical missions organization Hands and Feet. Upon entrance to medical school in 2011, he became a leader in both organizations as well as assisted in the start up of the Dame Cicely Suanders Society, a student hospice training program. With Hands and Feet he helped lead and organize multiple medical mission trips to the Texas-Mexico border as well as two, week-long missions to Lima, Peru. After completing the first year of medical school, Brian was awarded the UTMB Fogarty Research Fellowship to investigate cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Lima, Peru during the summer of 2012.

Despite his many commitments, however, Brian appreciates his free time. He enjoys playing drums at local venues with the UTMB faculty-student jazz band, "Global Arrested Development", as well as off-road cycling and disc golf. Brian is very grateful for the opportunities he has had at UTMB where he has been supported by such a wonderful community.

Brittany M. Graham
Jacqueline Posada
Brittany M. Graham
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Brittany Graham is a member of UTMB's School of Medicine Class of 2015. Before coming to UTMB, Brittany began her university education at the age of 16 through the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities at Lamar University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. While at Lamar, Brittany received multiple awards including the most prestigious award given to a Lamar student who displays strong moral character, high academic achievements, community involvement, and leadership qualities: the Mirabeau Presidential Scholar Award. In addition, her and her twin were awarded the Young Jefferson Award, a prestigious award honoring community and public service in America. Throughout her undergraduate career, Brittany lead a multitude of volunteer activities at nursing homes, the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, Best Buddies, and more, while simultaneously volunteering at local hospitals. During her University education Brittany was also able to become more culturally competent, learning cultural dances from India and performing to raise awareness of the Indian culture, and learning Spanish so that she would be able to better serve her spanish speaking patients.

At UTMB, Brittany has served as a leader in various organizations, including as a Laennec Osler Society student leader, president of the Student Surgical Society, Co-director of Frontera de Salud GYN Night at St. Vincent's, and a representative for the Women's Surgical Society. Her activities reflect her lifetime commitment of service to others. Brittany is working with LMSA to develop a volunteer project with UTMB students and Shriners hospital to serve the patients and families being cared for. The project will eventually encompass multiple student organizations at UTMB and begin a tradition to last for years to come. In addition to a lifetime commitment to service, Brittany also strives to expand her knowledge and contribute to academics by participating in research. She participated in research in Peru during the summer between her first and second year of medical school and has more plans for research with faculty at UTMB during the spring.

Brittany has a sincere compassion for people and feels that being in medical school is a privilege and a blessing. She aspires to pursue a career in surgery. But, most of all, she hopes to remain humble and thankful so that she may positively impact people throughout the rest of her career.

Michelle H. Parmley
Jacqueline Posada
Michelle H. Parmley
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Michelle Parmley is a member of UTMB's School of Medicine class of 2015. Before coming to UTMB, Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, earning a Bachelor's of Science in Aquatic Biology with a minor in Chemistry. While at Texas State University, Michelle was involved in numerous research projects focusing on animal behavior and fisheries conservation.

Michelle's desire to practice medicine stems from an inherent connection she has always felt to life in all its forms. She strongly believes that there can be a therapeutic relationship between animals and humans. In college, she volunteered for AWARE, a program that provides horseback riding therapy for the mentally disabled. She also worked with Mision De Candelilla travelling to rural villages in Northern Mexico to provide medical care.

After graduating from college, Michelle took time to explore her varied fields of interest. Initially she worked as a technician examining water quality of the Brazos River. She also worked as an animal trainer at SeaWorld in San Antonio, Texas. It was working as medical assistant for a rural family practice clinic in Buda, Texas that reaffirmed her desire to pursue a career in medicine.

Michelle came to UTMB to be part of the Global Health Program. In 2012, Michelle was awarded a Fogarty Research Fellowship to travel to Croatia to study Hantavirus, a virus spread by rodents. Michelle continues to be involved the Global Health Program as a small group facilitator and provides guidance for other students wishing to go abroad. Michelle's primary professional interest is in studying human/environment interactions and the effects they have on one another. Her background in ecology has made her especially interested in diseases spread by animal vectors. She is currently Vice President of the Pathology Association of Students and hopes to pursue a residency in pathology. Michelle respects the legacy of Sir William Osler as inquisitive researcher, dedicated teacher, and compassionate clinician and is honored to have been selected as an Osler Student Scholar.

Jacqueline Posada
Jacqueline Posada
Jacqueline Posada
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Jacqueline Posada graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, DC with a B.S. in Biology. After college she remained in the Washington, DC, area to work at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases through the Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Award Fellowship. She worked with Dr. Susan Moir in the Lab of Immunoregulation-HIV Immunopathogenesis researching how b cells and facets of humoral immunity become dysregulated during immune activation caused by HIV infection. During her work from 2009-2011 she also participated in studies about the H1N1 pandemic virus and the generation of memory b cells after vaccination with a novel antigen.

As a medical student at UTMB, Jacqueline participates in a variety of extracurricular activities: a chief reviewer on the 2015 Scribes Council; student representative for the Truman Blocker, Jr. Osler Society; and president of the medical Spanish club Que Quiere Decir. She also volunteers at St. Vincent’s student clinic. Jacqueline is interested in public health and expanding access to health care in the United States, and she will most likely pursue a residency in Internal Medicine.

Robert A. Reyes
Robert A. Reyes
Robert A. Reyes
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Robert Reyes is a second year medical student at UTMB. Robert is originally from Mount Pleasant, Texas, and graduated from Columbia University in New York, New York, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. In addition to volunteering at St. Vincent's Clinic, Robert has travelled to Brownsville, Texas, with the UTMB chapter of Frontera de Salud to provide primary care and health screenings for the underserved. In April 2011 along with students from other Frontera de Salud chapters, he travelled to the State Capitol in Austin and met with legislators to advocate for continued funding of University of Texas Outreach (UTCO), a program aimed at preventing and controlling the diabetes epidemic in Texas. Robert currently serves as a student director of Frontera de Salud's Brownsville Project.

In addition to his service activities, Robert enjoys medical research and was the recipient of the 2011 First Place Poster Award among UTMB medical students whose summer research projects were funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Robert intends to uphold the principles of Oslerian Medicine as he completes his medical education and pursues a career in academic medicine.

Casey Sharp
Casey Sharp
Casey Sharpe
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Casey Sharpe studied biology and literature at the University of Texas at Austin. In 2008, he accepted an invitation to tour New Zealand as a sponsored folk singer, which would set the stage for a lengthy postponement of medical school. Upon returning to Texas, Casey was recruited by a non-profit organization to procure transplantable tissues and organs from cadavers. During this time, he performed dissections for more than a hundred tissue donations around the state, while also working as a trauma and resuscitation technician at Dell Children’s emergency department. In 2010, he organized and participated in a mission trip to a Zambian orphanage, where hundreds of HIV-positive children lived without adequate food or healthcare. Just before arriving in Galveston for medical school, Casey lived and worked for several months on rural farms in North Carolina and Guatemala.

Casey is interested in many areas of medicine, and as such, is drawn towards the broad scope of practice enjoyed by rural family physicians. After his first year of medical school, he spent a month in the desert towns of West Texas, delivering babies and making house calls with the local family doctor. While in West Texas, Casey was selected as a writer for Medscape’s blog, The Differential, and also had some of his articles published by WebMD.

Alyssa M. Shell M.D., Ph.D.
Alyssa M. Shell
Alyssa M. Shell
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Alyssa Shell is a MD/PhD student in Population Health Sciences, a program that allows her to combine her love of one-on-one patient care and her commitment to strengthening communities. Her interest in medicine began as an undergraduate at Harvard University during a summer research experience in Santiago, Chile. There, she first encountered the concepts of patient-centered care and cultural sensitivity, those key elements that allow medicine to blend humanism and science. Since that summer, her life has naturally led towards a career in medicine. In 2005, she graduated with an A.B. in Social Studies and a Certificate in Health Policy after completing her senior thesis on the experiences of type 2 diabetes among Mexican American women in southwest New Mexico. During her time between college and medical school, Alyssa traveled extensively in South America through farm-based work-trade opportunities and then returned to the States to apprentice with a medicinal herbalist in Silver City, New Mexico. She continues to draw heavily on these experiences for inspiration as she works towards a future in rural family medicine research and practice.

As a medical student, Alyssa served as president of UTMB's student interest group for Integrative Medicine (SIAM), as the Humanistic Medicine officer for the UTMB AMSA chapter and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She also founded and directed an afterschool bicycle mechanics program, Bridging Responsibility and Independence Through Exercise, that donates bicycles to local middle school students and pairs them with a mentor to practice bicycle mechanics and safe cycling. As a graduate student, Alyssa is reengaging with her interest in culture and medicine as she develops her dissertation proposal on the effects of ethnically dense residential living for mental health and well-being. Though fully engaged in her graduate work, Alyssa is excited to retain her connection to patient care as a student director at St. Vincent's student-run free clinic for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Class of 2016

R. Nicholas "Nick" Burns
Jacqueline Posada
R. Nicholas "Nick" Burns
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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.

Petra A. Kelsey
Jacqueline Posada
Petra A. Kelsey
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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.

Rachel M. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D.
Rachel M. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D.
Rachel M. Pearson, M.D., Ph.D.
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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 2014
Samir S. Hasan
Sean M. Paschall (MD/MPH)
Roxanne L. Radi
Jaipreet S. Suri
Class of 2015
Brian E. Dillon
Brittany M. Graham
Michelle H. Parmley
Jacqueline G.Posada
Robert A. Reyes
Casey Sharpe
Alyssa Shell (MD/PhD)
Class of 2016
R. Nicholas "Nick" Burns
Petra A. Kelsey
Rachel Pearson (MD/PhD)
Agnes A. Usoro
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