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.
Martin Aramburu, MDMedical School: University of Illinois
After college, Martin spent years working for at-risk communities in the non-profit world and transitioned from Program Director to Chief Administrative Officer; he currently serves as a Board Member. During his tenure, projects included working with inner city schools, teen prevention programs, and health & wellness activities throughout Chicagoland and beyond. Towards the end of his time with them, Martin entered a masters of science program in order to prepare for his medical training. At the University of Illinois (UIC), he continued his commitment to the underserved and disenfranchised. He was a SEARCH student learning about FQHCs in and around Chicago. Using his prior business and non-profit experience, he also worked as a consultant and liasion between a public foundation and the UIC student run free clinic and UIC's LMSA, helping them to achieve tax-exempt status as well as a liaison for a foundation to research food desserts in North Carolina.
Katherine (Kaiyti) Duffy, MD, MPHMedical School: University of Illinois
For 6 years prior to attending medical school, Kaiyti worked as the Director of Education and Research for Physicians for Reproductive Health in NYC.
While in medical school she became Co-President of a group called Queers and Allies in Medicine and was an Executive Board Member of Medical Students for Choice.
She has had multiple peer reviewed publications in peer reviewed journals and several book chapters – mostly around reproductive health and adolescent medicine. She is currently conducting an ongoing research project on pediatricians’ ability to care for LGBT youth at UIC.
Jiyeon Jeon, MD, MPHMedical School: Northwestern University
Prior to med school Jiyeon worked for 3 years at the CDC mostly researching infectious diseases related to women’s health.
During medical school she was an active volunteer locally and abroad conducting volunteer work in Mongolia as well as volunteering at Good Neighbors Homeless Street Outreach Program in Chicago. She is the Co-President of FSM chapter of Physicians for Human Rights.
She has multiple peer reviewed publications.
Sreela Namboodiri, MDMedical School: University of Maryland
Prior to medical school Sreela worked as a Case Manager at the AIDS service center of NYC and a research assistant at the NY State Department of Health AIDS Institute. She also conducted AIDS research in Africa in undergrad where she researched the role of home-based and community health workers in HIV/AIDs work in South Africa.
In medical school she was a part of the Family Care Track. She was awarded a Arnold P. Gold Foundation Student Service Fellowship and was awarded First Place at Medical Student Research Day for her research related to food security in pregnant and post-partum women. She was a LGBT clinical cases class facilitator and developed a curriculum for a class for pregnant women to educate them in healthy nutrition during and after pregnancy. She was the President and Co-Founder of her school’s Rural Interest group and was the President of a Community Health Advocacy Team.
She completed a peer reviewed book chapter and has a publication in Pub Med.
She also received several global studies scholarship awards in undergrad.
Jessica Reader, MD, MPHMedical School: Tufts University
During medical school Jessica conducted several projects on group visits and centering visits for the prevalent Brazilian community in the community of her medical school. Her poster was selected for presentation at the AAFP National Conference last year.
She excelled academically and graduated AOA in her class. She serves on the board of the Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians and on the Mass AFP Committee for Continuing Education.
She was also the President and Co-Founder of her medical school’s Community and Public Health Interest group.
Luis Rivera, MDMedical School: University of Illinois
Luis grew up in South Chicago in an underserved low-income neighborhood. He and his family received all medical care at FQHC’s in the neighborhood. He did not initially finish college and instead worked as an electrician for 11 years in order to pay the bills, but had always had the dream of becoming a physician. While working on the electrical system at the new Cook County Hospital he had lunch every day with medical students and residents in the school cafeteria and his dream was reignited. He went back to school while continuing to work full time (at this time supporting a family with two young children).
In medical school Luis was committed to caring for the type of community in which he had grown up. Through his activities in volunteering and leadership he was awarded multiple awards and scholarships including: the Abbas Hyderi leadership award, a Dean’s scholarship and a Hispanocare scholarship, and the National Medical Fellowships Monash/Scott Medical Student Scholarship. He was also the winner of the UIC Chancellor’s Student Service Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
He was Co-President of LMSA (UIC chapter as well as LMSA Midwest region) and served as the Poltical Advocacy Liasion for the UIC chapter of the Student National Medical Association. He was a participant in the UIC Urban Medicine Program and conducted research on the patient experience at various UIC clinics based on ethnic background.
Jeff Rosenblatt, DOMedical School: Chicago College of Oseopathic Medicine Midwestern
Jeff came to know FQHC’s well during the two years he worked as an Americorps volunteer health educator at the PCC Austin site. There his interest in family medicine particularly in caring for the underserved was born. He excelled academically in medical school graduating with a near perfect GPA and was given the distinction of Psi Sigma Alpha given to the top 15% of the graduating class. He was also invited to be a member of Sigma Sigma Phi National Honors Service Fraternity.
Mike Walker, MDMedical School: Jefferson Medical College
We know Mike well – he spent a one month elective with us working both on our inpatient service and in our clinic. We found him to be incredibly bright, hardworking and compassionate with our patients.
In medical school he was a US Army Scholarship Award Recipient as well as a Gold Humanism Award Recipient. He conducted research at the Jefferson Refugee clinic and was a team leader for the Jefferson Health Mentors Program where students are paired with a patient with a chronic disease.
He was a part the Physician Shortage Area Program at Jefferson where students from shortage areas are recruited into medical school in the hopes they will return to a shortage area upon graduation from residency.
Eric Beaver, MDMedical School: University of Oklahoma
Eric's interest in Family Medicine was born during his Teach for America service as 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 speak English, Spanish, and basic Persian.
Geraldine MalanaMedical 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 MendezMedical 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 EguiaMedical 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 ValliereMedical 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 ShueMedical 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.
Geethi AbrahamMedical 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.
Michael ArgenyiMedical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Michael started his career in medicaine as a CNA at Seattle Children's Hospital. During this time he served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Medical Professionals with Hearing Loss and has presented in multiple venues on hearing loss related topics. Following the he went on to medical school during which he also earned his Masters degree in Social Work. He co-founded and become the director of a Disability Interest and Advocacy Group at Boston University as well as the Program Coordinator for Project HOPE, DEAF Inc. committed to disseminating information and education about health in the Deaf community. He was the Vice President of MedPRIDE, a medical organization for LGBTQIA- idetinfied students and allies. Michael is fluent in American Sign Language.
Kimberly BeitingMedical 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 ConteMedical 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 DurchholzMedical 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 RushingMedical 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 RussellMedical 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 SmithMedical 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.