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LMSA Northeast

2017-18 LMSA Northeast Executive Council

Co-Chair

Adrianna Stanley, MS IV

 Hometown

Undergraduate School
Harvard College

Medical School
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA?
Reflecting on my first year at Dartmouth, I would have to say that my transition to medical school was somewhat bittersweet.  While I was surrounded by a group of extremely accomplished individuals with amazing experiences to share, I also found myself transplanted into an unfamiliar community where I often felt isolated and misunderstood.  When I attempted to turn to what is most familiar, constant, and comfortable in my life – my Latino community – I found that it was fragmented, struggling, and almost invisible within the Dartmouth environment.  If I was going to survive four years of medical school here, I knew that I would need a supportive community – one that I could call mi familia.  With that, I asked Freddy Vazquez to be my co-chair, and together, we founded the first LMSA chapter in Dartmouth Medical School’s 218-year history.

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 
Set in the beautiful woods of Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth is LMSA NE’s northern-most chapter and uniquely poised as one of the few rural medical schools in the nation.  It is my hope, as conference co-chair, to invite LMSA members to experience New England, expand their horizons, and learn about the diversity of healthcare practice throughout the United States.  In addition, I am excited to bring mi familia to Dartmouth in order to demonstrate to our faculty, staff, and Hanover residents, the importance of a strong cohesive Latino community and our role in the future of healthcare delivery. 

Career goals
Viruses. Bacteria. Fungi. Protozoa. Parasites.  As new transmissible diseases continue to emerge, I hope to become an infectious disease physician with a focus in global health and tropical medicine.  Additionally, I aim to pursue a career in academic medicine so that aspiring Latina pre-meds can have somewhere to turn.

Hobbies
I love to sing, dance, and cook.  If you can’t find me in the library, I might just be traveling the world, experiencing different cultures, and studying on the plane.

cochair@lmsa-ne.org

Co-Chair

Fernando (Freddy) Alfredo Vazquez, MS IV

 Hometown:

Undergraduate School
University of Chicago

Medical School
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA?
Having been born and raised in the south side of Chicago, cultural diversity was never lacking in my day-to-day routine. However, even in this setting there are issues with communication between physicians and patients. I never experienced malice in the medical setting. What I saw was a lack of comfort and confidence when an English-speaking physician delivered care to a Spanish-speaking patient. The small formalities –knocking before entering the room, making sure the patient was aware of the next steps in their care, etc. –all fell by the wayside. It is my hope that I can help my peers feel more at ease when interacting with somebody who does not speak their language so they may realize their full clinical potential. With this in mind, I co-founded Dartmouth’s very first LMSA chapter with a classmate, Adrianna Stanley.

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position?
I want to organize a conference that will usher Dartmouth into the LMSA and the LMSA into Dartmouth. I want to showcase our culture to my peers and I want to provide knowledge of northern New England to my LMSA family. Most importantly, it is my hope that this conference acts as the catalyst to bringing more robust and continuous Latino representation to Dartmouth. 

Career goals I would like to go into emergency medicine and improve the way social services are disseminated in that setting.

Hobbies. I used to be athletic, so now I like to work out and pretend I still am. I always enjoyed the outdoors, but didn’t really get into hiking until I moved to NH. There are some great trails around here. Traveling is always fun as well.

cochair@lmsa-ne.org

Co-Chair Elect

Iara Backes, MS III
  
Hometown:

Undergraduate School: 

Medical School: 
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth


When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 

Career goals

Hobbies

cochairelect@lmsa-ne.org 

Co-Chair Elect

Julia Su, MS II

 Hometown:
Aliso Viejo, CA
 
Undergraduate School: 
California Institute of Technology

Medical School:
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 
I became involved in LMSA during my first year of medical school. What excited me the most was my ability to make a difference alongside likeminded people. When individuals come together, big things happen.
What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 
To continue organizing a fantastic regional conference and other regional events. To build a stronger LMSA community by strengthening inter-chapter relationships. To increase the number of LMSA+ chapters.

Career goals
Physician scientist humanist leader-teacher.
Hobbies
Baking, Eating, Kpop, YouTube.
cochairelect@lmsa-ne.org

Chief Financial Officer

Joshua Ramos, MS III

Hometown:
Undergraduate School: 

Medical School: 
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth



When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 

Career goals

Hobbies

treasurer@lmsa-ne.org

Public Relations Chair

Jose Miguel Juarez, MS IV

Hometown 
 
Undergraduate School
College of the Holy Cross 

Medical School
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 

Career goals

Hobbies

publicrelations.lmsane@gmail.com

Policy Chair

Jessica Morales, MS III

Hometown:
Salt Lake City, UT

 Undergraduate School: 
Utah State University

Medical School:
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine 

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 
During my first year of medical school I got recruited to join the chapter. As I learned more about it I became intrigued by what LMSA stood for: a student organization that truly cares for the Latino population. I come from a strong Mexican background with my culture well rooted and a passion to help our comunidad. LMSA was a perfect opportunity to meet other students who were just as passionate as me about caring for those who are vulnerable and empowering future Latino generations in medicine.
What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 
This year I intend to provide awareness of the importance policy has on health care and the well being of our patients. I will work diligently to create a collaboration between the medical schools of the North East to accomplish common goals in policy change.

Career goals
I am extremely interested in preventative medicine and public health. I hope to be able to use the knowledge I'll gain in medical school and graduate public health courses to help advocate for increased access to quality health care for all.
Hobbies
I love dancing, lifting weights, and hiking.

policychair.lmsane@gmail.com

Conference Chair

Jessica Grenvik, MS II

Hometown:

 Undergraduate School: 

Medical School: 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University



When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 

Career goals

Hobbies

conferencecochair.lmsane@gmail.com

Conference Chair

Natalie Delgado, MS II

Hometown:

 Undergraduate School: 

Medical School:
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 



When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position? 

Career goals

Hobbies

conferencecochair.lmsane@gmail.com

Fundraising Chair


Jamil Alexis, MS II

Undergraduate School
Wesleyan University

Medical School:
Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA?
I became involved with LMSA during the third quarter of my first year when I was chosen to be the Vice President of our chapter. I chose to join LMSA to connect with other students and professional dedicated to addressing the needs of medically and socially underserved populations.

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position?
I hope to successfully plan and host the 2017 National LMSA Conference at my home institution.

Career goals?
Currently exploring all opportunities in both the medical and surgical fields.

Hobbies:
I enjoy dancing, particularly Latin dance including, Merengue, Bachata, and Salsa.

Chief Development Officer

Loreski Collado, MS II

Hometown
Pennsauken, NJ 

Undergraduate School:
LaSalle University

Medical School
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

When did you become involved with the LMSA? What encouraged you to be part of LMSA?
When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? Being a new medical school, the Department of Diversity and Community Affairs held a Diversity Dinner before our second look day. It was a great opportunity to make connections with people who looked like me and shared my background, including the current Executive board of the LMSA chapter at Cooper. During my orientation week, those same faces gave me a warm welcome and reminded that salsa night was coming up. Being part of LMSA at Cooper as a first year was a no brainier: familia, laughs, and support to the fullest.

What do you expect to accomplish this year as Developmental Chair?
LMSA-NE does a great job of giving new chapters opportunity to show case their school, their members, and their projects. I share the that vision and hope to potentiate that. Last year, HOD was held at Cooper and we had a healthy number of medical schools apply for LMSA-NE Chapter. I hope to facilitate that level of enthusiasm and committee to LMSA this year. Additionally, I plan to work closely with the Mentorship Chair so LMSA chapters in the Northeast region begin developing long term relationships with pre-medical Latino students in their area.

Career goals
Currently undecided but I want to serve an underserved area in a field that is both procedural and has continuity of care.

Hobbies
Playing charades with my family, going to comedy shows, and wine tasting.

membership.lmsane@gmail.com

Mentorship Chair

Manny Sanchez, MS II

Hometown:
Swedesboro, NJ
 
Undergraduate School: 
Rutgers University - New Brunswick
 
Medical School: 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University 

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA? 
I became involved in LMSA during my first year of medical school, through my participation in a Medical Spanish course, assistance of diversity admissions efforts on campus, and volunteering at a free health clinic in South Philadelphia called 'Puentes de Salud'. I was attracted to LMSA for its promotion of educating and supporting underrepresented Latino students, as well as its mission of targeting and rectifying Latino health disparities in the community.

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position?
As mentorship chair, my goal for this year will be to expand the LMSA+ undergraduate mentorship program to more schools in the Northeast region. Ultimately my hope is to build a strong foundation for consistent education, mentorship, and support that is carried out by Latino medical students for underrepresented pre-medical students in the region. Additionally, I will seek to consolidate the structure of LMSA+ by promoting future collaboration with academic support/interest programs such as BNGAP (Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians), which will allow interested students to seek out guidance and mentors that will foster their growth, aspirations, and ambitions towards gaining entry into medical schools and other health professional schools. 

Career goals
My ultimate goal is to become a board-certified Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist, as I seek to carry out my life's mission of treating children with cancer. I also aspire to enter into academic medicine, and continue my passion for education and promoting diversity efforts in medicine on pre-collegiate, collegiate, and graduate levels.
 
Hobbies 
Long-distance running

mentorshipchair.lmsane@gmail.com

Chief Information Officer

Michelle Bravo, MS II

Hometown


Undergraduate School
NYU

Medical School
Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University, Class of 2018

When did you become involved in LMSA? What encouraged you to be a part of LMSA?
I became involved in LMSA in the second semester of my MS1 year (Jan 2015). I found out about LMSA through my friend Ana Cisneros, who was the former LMSA president of our chapter and Dr. Adam Aponte, who is our faculty advisor. I decided to take part of LMSA (and assume a leadership role as the president of my school’s chapter) because the mission of LMSA is congruent with my personal life goals. I decided to become the president of my LMSA chapter because I wanted the opportunity to grow as a leader, make a difference in my local community through volunteering opportunities, share my linguistic and cultural heritage with my fellow classmates, and inspire other fellow Latinos in our medical school to address the disparities in medical care in their future careers. In a country where Latinos will one day represent the majority of the minority population, I believed it was of upmost importance for me to embrace my native Colombian roots, and in the same token, obtain new skills and talents that would aid me in helping Latino patients in my future career. As the new chief information officer in the regional e-board, I also wanted this opportunity to represent Hofstra SOM’s cultural diversity (and our school in general) on a national level, as well as help every local LMSA chapter across the northeast region’s voice be heard.

What do you expect to accomplish this year in your position?
This year, I hope to create an environment where the leaders of each LMSA chapter across our region feel empowered. I hope to create this environment by establishing an ambience where each local chapter can express their individual needs, can obtain support from the regional e-board, and feel inclusion by taking part in LMSA events on a more regional level. The only way where I could create such as an environment is by serving as an effective liaison between the regional board and the local chapters- I hope to create a reciprocal and open chain of communication by frequent emails, phone calls, surveys- anything really that can facilitate communication.

Career goals?
As a future physician, my personal career goals are congruent with the mission of LMSA. I hope to give back to my community by one day establishing a free clinic where I can help the underserved, as well as travel to third world countries so I can learn more about the socio-economical disparities in healthcare. Lastly, I hope to share my experiences with my fellow colleagues regarding disparities in healthcare through lectures.

Hobbies
My hobbies include swimming, running, drawing, hiking, traveling, and listening to music.

secretary@lmsa-ne.org

Faculty Advisor

Fidencio Saldaña, MD/MPH

A Faculty Reflection

As a prospective Harvard Medical student in 1996, I never could have imagined being where I am today. I recall visiting Harvard Medical School (HMS) during the underrepresented minority revisit weekend. I was in awe that I would finally have the opportunity to become a physician. I came from a humble background. My parents were both immigrants from Mexico who only had the opportunity of an elementary school education. At the time, HMS appeared to be a daunting place – one where I did not necessarily belong. However, during that weekend I was fortunate to meet a cadre of faculty and students from similar backgrounds to my own, who helped me put aside those feelings. They insisted that not only did I belonged in medical school, there was a large population of patients who desperately needed me to be their physician.

My passion at the time was to become a physician that would help take care of underserved patients – specifically those of Spanish-speaking heritage. I wanted to be their linguistic and cultural interpreter to the world of medicine. I soon became the beneficiary of wonderful mentors who were crucial in allowing me to fulfill this dream. I vividly remember one of my first conversations with Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs at HMS. He is unaware that he was the first person who made me believe that I could pursue a career in academic medicine. Dr. Poussaint insisted that I could serve these patients on an individual as well as a collective level. He believed in both my capacity as a leader as well as my ability to have a broad impact on this population of patients.

Today I am part of the Harvard Medical School faculty. I am proud to say that the passion I felt as a prospective student has only grown with time. I am a clinical cardiologist and cardiac imager who serves Spanish-speaking Latino/a patients at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) as well as BWH affiliated community health centers. As I continue to build my practice, I am working to develop programs to improve the health of Latino/a patients beyond the clinic. I am humbled on a daily basis by the gratitude in patient’s voices when I am able to communicate with them in their own language and culture while providing them with the highest quality in cardiovascular care. I enjoy being able to share this experience with the medical students and residents that join me in clinic.

In addition to being a clinician, I have the privilege of serving as an educator both at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital as well as Harvard Medical School. For the last two years I have served as co-director of the HMS Clinical Skills course based at BWH. One of my most memorable moments in teaching happened the first day of the course, when I looked out into the crowd and saw one Latino and one African American student. I felt a great sense of pride that I was able to serve as a role model, a fellow minority in an educational leadership position. I will continue to foster these educational roles and build on them into the future.

My third role was not initially part of formal job description, but it is a role I take very seriously. It is that of mentor – to all fellows, residents, and students, not just underrepresented minorities. I am a strong believer that we all have something to offer those who are coming up behind us. I would not be where I am today were it not for the paths paved by those that came before me. It came as a surprise when I was awarded the excellence in mentoring award by the HMS underrepresented minority medical students in 2008. It is an incredible honor to know that you have affected the lives of a group of individuals in such a positive manner. This past year I was named as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs at HMS where I serve as an advocate for recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority medical students.

As a successful minority physician, I believe it is my calling to use my talents as clinician, educator, and mentor to support the careers of the minority physicians of the future.

Fidencio Saldaña, M.D., M.P.H.
Brigham and Women's/Faulkner Cardiology
Assistant Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Instructor, Harvard Medical School