Northwestern University is an educational and research institution. Resident programs are administered by McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University (McGaw). Individuals within these programs are trainees of McGaw, not Northwestern University or the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Class of 2018
Eric Beaver, MDMedical School: University of Oklahoma
Eric's interest in Family Medicine was born during his Teach for America service as a high school chemistry teacher in a rural border-town of south Texas. This experience launched him into a desire to serve those in need, in free clinics from Oklahoma to Tennessee. During medical school, Eric was active in several service and student leadership organizations, including the Student Executive Board, Curriculum Subcommittee, and Admissions Subcommittee. He served as the President of the Native American Students' Association, and took leadership positions in the Multicultural Students Organization and Family Medicine Interest Group. He was awarded the Indian Health Services Scholarship, the Choctaw Nation Higher Education Scholarship, and the Segal AmeriCorps Educations Award. He speaks English, Spanish, and basic Persian.
Geraldine Malana, DOMedical School: A.T. Still University
During medical school, Geraldine was active in several volunteer opportunities focusing on the immigrant populations in her community. For her service and academics, Geraldine was nominated for the Osteopathic Student of the Year for three consecutive years, and was awarded the distinction during her 2nd year in medical school. She is a member of Omega Beta Iota, the National Osteopathic Political Action Honor Society, and served as the Minority Affairs National Officer for the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, among other local, regional, and national leadership positions. She spent the last two years of her medical school training working at a community health center in Brooklyn, NY in order to focus on primary care and immigrant health. Geraldine speaks both English and Spanish.
Ray Mendez, MDMedical School: Loyola University Chicago- Stritch School of Medicine
Masters: Boston University- M.A. Medical Science
Undergraduate: Millikin University- B.S. Biology
Ray has had a long history of service even before his medical school experience: from teaching classes in orphanages in the Dominican Republic to human rights work in rural Appalachia. During medical school, his drive for human rights and social justice continued with work in Bolivia, Peru, Nicaragua, and health clinics in Chicago’s Latino neighborhoods. He served in the Latino Medical Student Association as the National Pre-Med Liasion, local chapter president, and regional VP of Community Affairs. Through the Honors in Bioethics program Ray analyzed the underrepresentation of minorities in health care. As an Albert Schweitzer Fellow, he subsequently developed Loyola's first HPREP, a mentorship program that aims to recruit low-income, diverse students into health care careers. Through the Honors in Global Health Program he worked with a mobile diabetes clinic in rural Nicaragua evaluating diabetes self-care and psychiatric comorbidities. He plans on continuing his work in Nicaragua annually through his elective rotations. Ray was a recipient of the AAMC's Herbert W. Nickens Award for his leadership in efforts to eliminate inequities. Ray is bilingual speaking English and Spanish.
Mary Eguia, MDMedical School: University of Washington
Mary has had a desire to work as a physician in underserved, Latino communities since childhood. Before medical school, Mary was a patient support specialist for Resource Corporation of America, where she guided un-insured hospitalized patients through applications for charity care, Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security. In medical school, she took part in the Rural/Underserved Opportunities Program, specifically training medical students to work in communities with need. During this time, she conducted a quality improvement project focused on patient nutrition. She also participated in an interdisciplinary team researching the effects of bottle-feeding on speech pathology in southern Chile. Mary is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Sarah Valliere, DOMedical School: University of North Texas Health Center
Prior to medical school, Sarah was involved with neuroscience research as the chief technician and student researcher. She immersed herself in community service during medical school through participation in free clinics, wellness fairs, and a volunteer experience in Nicaragua. She worked in Fort Worth’s AIDS Outreach Center, and organized and hosted a fundraiser for childhood cancer. Sarah recently returned from a research project involving HIV positive individuals in Malawi. She received a Touch Award for all of her community service during medical school. Sarah speaks English, French, and Spanish.
Wendelyn Shue, MDMedical School: Virginia Common Wealth University
Prior to her medical training, Wendy served as an English teacher on the Island of Martinique, employed by the French Government through the Ministry of Education. During medical school, she focused on primary care for underserved communities, was one of only a few students to complete a four-year Inner City and International Rural Preceptorship Program, working in both urban health centers, and rural clinics around Appalachia, and in Honduras. She served as the medical student coordinator for free clinics in Richmond serving the city’s homeless population, and completed a General Preventative Medicine Research experience at Johns Hopkins University. Wendy speaks both English and French.
Class of 2019
Geethi Abraham, MDMedical School: University of Illinois, Rockford; MPH at UIC
Geethi has a long list of activities committed to serving the underserved domestically and abroad. She participated in the Underserved Pathways Program through her medical school as well as serving as the Director of Program Research and Evaluations for the Urban Future Leaders of the World where she mentored at risk inner city youth. Geethi has been involved in community outreach and education where she was taught childcare classes to the underserved community in Little Village, Chicago as well as helping to develop a CPR training program to 8-11 year olds. Geethi's commitment to the underserved earned her an educational grant to serve in medical service missions abroad including a trip she took to Panama. Geethi has participated in multiple research projects investigating sreening for pediatric diabetes in rural Illinois and infant mortality in Little Village. Geethi is advanced at speking Spanish and Malayalam.
Kimberly Beiting, MDMedical School: Univeristy of Illinois, Chicago
Kimberly worked with the Interprofessional Approaches to Health Disparities organization as a M4 student where she developed an interprofessional community-based research project desinged to improve health care for an HIV/AIDs population through identifying and addressing the social determinants of health impacting vulnerable populations. She was Vice President of her Global Health Leaders program and worked with her school's Student Leadership Program with focus on geriatrics. Kimberly served in multiple leadership roles at her medical school assisting in curriculum redesign and philanthropy. As an undergraduate she volunteered with orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya offering educational support around health care issues. She has multiple pulications and presentations about doctor-patient relatioinships, resident clinic hard-offs and patient safety.
Adam Del Conte, MDMedical School: East Tennessee State
Adam is a non-traditional sutdent with a background in acting, performing arts, yoga instuction and clowning before determining that hes true calling was in medicine and primary care. During his "prior life" he worked as a dram and voice teacher for children and young adults with Down Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as other developmental delays. He also worked as a Behavioral Health Technician involved with crisis intervention, education groups as well as other responsibilities. While in medical school he served as the President of his school's committee supporting student health, wellness and work/life balance. He volunteered in a local community hospital serving the community's under and uninsured population, served as the clinical director for his school's free clinic and was the Vice President of their Family Medicine Interest Group. Adam also was a student researcher and instructor in a community based research project focused on bullying awareness and stress-management in a local rural high school.
Christina Durchholz, MDMedical School: Ohio State University
Christina earned multiple academic and leadership awards while in medical school including the Nu Signma Nu Scholarship, the Outstanding Academic Scholar and the George W. Hendrix and Elizabeth L. Hendrix COM Leadership Scholarship. Christina participated in multiple global brigade trips innlcuding trips to Ghana and Uganda with Engineers Without Borders. She was selected to represent her university in networking with other students from the US and abroad around global disparity issues, environmental sustainability and global health. She participated in an international health track facused on providing knowledge of health needs of children in developing countries as well as presentations on HIV in pregnancy. Christina is a National Health Service Scholar and completed a year of internship as a med/peds intern before realizing that family medicine is her true calling. Christina speaks basic German.
Marcus Rushing, MDMedical School: University of Kansas; MS/PHD candidate in Microbiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Marcus was the recipient of multiple awards including scholarships from the National Medical Fellowship, the American Medical Association, and the United Health Foundation. Marcus was raised in an underserved community in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago with a rich background of family members engaged in exploration of social consciousness. Marcus was the Student Executive Director for the Community Health Project in Kansas City helping to match aspiring health professinals with local not-for-profit organizations. He also volunteered as an instructor for high school students in a science educational enrichment program. He traveled to Australia where he worked as a sexual health advocate within an aboriginal community and he served as a Student Executive Board member at a school based clinic in Kansas City. Marcus completed one year as a pathology intern before realizing he needed to be with his patients face to face. Marcus also speaks basic/intermediate Spanish.
Margaret Russell, MDMedical School: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine; MA in Bioethics at FSM
Margaret has an interesting background prior to entering medicine. She started her career working in theater production for children and adults with disabilities culminating in 5 years serving as the Stage Manager for Cirque de Soleil in Las Vegas. Following this she realized her calling was in medicine where she came to FSM and has pursued her interest in family medicine. She participated as a leader in the ECMH and also volunteered at the Community Health Center free clinic. She Co-founded and was Co-President of the Student Physicians for a National Health Program chapter at FSM including presentations on a single-payer system at national meetings. She has published work on ethics around quality of life assessments when making treatment decisions. Margaret speaks basic French.
Jacob Smith, MDMedical School: Rush Medical College of Rush University
We know Jake well--he rotated with us at Erie and on our inpatient services at NAH and we loved him! Jake grew up in a family that values sevice and community engagement which inspired him, after receiving a degree in dietetics, to enter the AmeriCorps program for 2 years. The first year he worked as a health educator at our sister FQHC, PCC Wellness. The second year he became an AmeriCorps Program Team Leader. Whie at Rush he also helped to coordinate a National Youth Leadership Forum on medicine mentoring high school students interested in pursuing the medical field. Jake is advanced in spanish speaking.
Class of 2020
Michelle Byrne, MD, MPHMedical School: Loyola Medical School
In her prior life, Michelle worked in Washington DC as a policy and Public Affairs intern, a Domestic Policy intern for the Committee on Energy and Commerce. She was one of the interns selected for the inaugural class under President Obama and worked on drafting health care legislation including the ACA. She was a coordinator of her medical school's free health clinic, co-founded an interest group called Business in Medicine, served as a representative advising the Consortium of Universities for Global Health in Washington DC and worked a live-in volunteer at a home for migrant women and children from Central and Sourth America. She also participated in several international medical mission trips, canvassed her neighborhood in support of the creation of a community mental health facility, and completed multiple presentations on issues such as understanding of the ACA, water resources in Uganda, gun violence, medical ethics, care for the homeless and managing fear in medicine. She is intermediate to advanced in her Spanish speaking skills.
Amarpreet Everest, DOMedical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Amarpreet served as her school class president and her student council president where she was elected to a national council to meet with other student council presidents. She served as the California student delegate for the American Osteopathic Association. She founded an interprofessional musical group that met on a regulat bases and played for residents of a group home for the elderly. She also co-founded an organization dedicated to providing health education and services to communities throughout California, organized a group to raise funds for college scholarships for under privileged students and also organized and workied with various youth camps across California as well as Texas and Wisconsin. Amarpreet speaks basic Spanish.
Caitlin Farrell, DO, MPHMedical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Caitlin was part of a reserach project where she lived in a hospice center and volunteered with patients at the end of life, was a population health scholar at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement where she completed a project to improve communication between a hoomeless population and their healthcare providers and served as an American Medical Student Association Patients Safety Scholar while in medical school. She completed several courses on leadership, seved as the President for her school's chapter of Physicians for a National Health Policy, was a Quality Improvement Intern at Boston Medical Center. She has multiple publications and presentations on various topics including addiction medicine and hospice care.
Wesley Gibbert, MD, MPHMedical School: University of Illinois, Chicago
Wesley participated in the Urban Meidcine Program at UIC where he was a project team member for the male health forum. He served as the program improvement chair for the Community Health Association of Students which worked with administration at SLU College for Public Health and Social Justice working on curricular improvements. He completed a thesis project wit hthe Insitute of Family Health on medical anthropology and public health and worked on several research projects regarding evidence based medicine specifically focusing on community gardens, adherence to preventive medicine guidelines and evidence based medicine public health courses.
Laura Kahn, MD, MPHMedical School: University of Colorado Medical School
In her prior life, Laura worked as a Certified Nurses Aid following which she spent 4 years in DR Congo as Director of the organization Working Villages International helping to convert a small model farm into what is not the largest food producer and employer in the region. She later served as a Personal Care Coordinator in a residential program for women suffering from addiction, sexual abuse and trauma and served as a support coordinator for residential adults suffering from severe mental illness. She taught English as a second language, was an intern for the Obama "Get out the Vote" campaign, was a Team Leader for for an AHEC health scholars program and participated in a medical school leadership track focused on addressing social determinants of health, cultural context and the legislative process. She served as an alternate delegate to the Colorado Medical Society, Secretary of her Medical Student Council and co-edited her medical school journal of poetry, prose, photography and graphic art. She interned with Colorado Consumer Health Initiative looking to barriers for people tyring to enroll in healthcare expansion and completed her capstone project on a historical analysis of the factors leading experiences in DR and caring for the uninsured. Laura speaks basic to intermediate Spanish.
Jennifer MacDonald, MD, MPHMedical School: University of Illinois, Chicago
Jennifer graduated AOA from UIC with a Masters in Bioinformatics along with her MPH. She was the secretary of her class, served as a Breastfeeding peer counselor and was co-founder and co-president of her school's Medical Students with Families organization. Jennifer was awarded the One Year Focused Leadership Certification by the Chicago Medical Student Council for her service in leadership in presentations on breastfeeding support and education. Jennifer speaks basic Spanish, French, and ASL.
Minerva Pineda, MD, MPHMedical School: UCLA Medical School (Drew Campus)
During medical school Minerva was a member of UCLA PRIME, a five-year dual-degree program charged with developing leaders in healthcare for the underserved and selected based on their commitment to addressing healthcare disparities. She helped set up the Salud Y Trabajo Project at a day laborer site, which taught day laborers English to help them communicate with their bosses, informed them about community health fairs and events designed to support communities living below the poverty level throughout the Los Angeles area. She was the medical student coordinator for her school's OB/Gyn interest group and served as a mentor for LMSA. She participated in a women's health research intership studying the impact of provider communication about newborn weight on breast milk supply concerns as well as research on prenatal testing. She is a native Spanish speaker and speaks basic French.
Christopher Smyre, MD, MAMedical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
While in medical school, Chris was also attending Divinity School and recieved his master's in theological ethics. He completed the Medical Education Scholarship Track at Pritzker, and was selected as the 2017 Pritzer School of Medicine, University of Chicago Family Medicine Student of the Year for his sustained interest and commitment to primary care, community service, and scholarly work. Following his first year of medical school, Chris was selected to participate in the NIH-funded Pritzker Summer Research Program, and he researched "Physicians' experiences and beliefs in addressing the spiritual suffering of patients". His scholarly work led to presentations and publications regarding physicians and spirituality in medicine. He is currently working on a project addressing burn out in educators at schools for special needs children and their comfort in addressing these issues with their health care providers. He served as his school's chapter President of the SNMA and served at the national level as the subcommittee chair for the National Leadership Instititute within Internal Affairs and as Coordinator in the SNMA Future Leadership Program where he mentored other medical students into leadership positions. He also served on the advisory board for his university's office of Multicultural Student Affairs and has facilitated multiple discussion groups that talked about culture, identity, and maximizing the college experience.