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  • Aurian García González is a fourth year MD/PhD candidate at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she is focused on understanding the evolution of gene regulatory networks. Aurian received a dual Bachelor's degree in Molecular Biology and Mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico, where she graduated with the highest honors. Since moving to Massachusetts, she has been committed to helping recruit and train successfully minorities interested in pursuing careers in science and medicine by collaborating with organizations around the city of Worcester and mentoring high school and undergraduate students. To advance the latter goals, Aurian has participated in health fairs, student panels, networking and mentoring events in conjunction with the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association, in which she serves as liaison between that organization and UMass Medical School students. Aurian is interested in becoming a physician-scientist within academia. Her outside interests include theater, dancing and making her grandmother's recipes.
  • Gabriella Herrera is a Harvard University alumnus from Tracy, California. She graduated this May with a Bachelors Degree in Neurobiology and a minor in Ethnicity, Migration, and Rights. Throughout all four years at Harvard, Gabriella received funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to conduct neural stem cell research at Harvard Medical School under the guidance of Dr. David Cardozo. She has also conducted research across other major universities, including Stanford University, University of California San Francisco, and University of California Davis. Outside of the classroom and laboratory, Gabriella served as a leader in her community by serving as President of Harvard Latinos In Health Careers and being a liaison between Harvard College and the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association. She served in program development of health conferences, tutored students, and participated in multiple health fairs and events. Additionally, Gabriella has mentored through the Harvard Medical School Seeds of Hope program, volunteered as an advocate in the Health Leads non-profit organization, and participated as Native-American Coordinator for the Harvard University Minority Recruitment Program. She is currently applying to medical school and intends to use her medical education and degrees to better serve low-income, minority communities.
  • Alejandra Balen is a 4th year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) with plans to pursue a career in urology. She has held leadership roles in her school's student government and surgical society including the BUSM Student Committee on Medical School Affairs – Class of 2016 Representative (2013-Present) and BUSM Surgical Society Leader (2013-2014). She is a Founding Member of the National Society of Leadership, University of Michigan Chapter (2009-2010). She served for four years as Junior Assistant Director for Branca, Inc. Additionally, Alejandra has been involved in research at Northwestern University Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, IL, where she served as Clinical Research Programs Coordinator. She published her findings in peer-reviewed journals and presented her findings at national and international meetings. Moreover, she has volunteered at several organizations.
  • Aimie is a 4th year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her bachelors degree in science, majoring in microbiology with a minor in biochemistry. At the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Aimie served as Teaching Assistant in Microbiology and Student-Parent Mentor. Aimie also has a background in CNA-Medical/Surgical and Cardiac Telemetry, taking care of adult patients with diverse medical issues, and served as a Student Nurse Float at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton MA. At the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she has been involved in research including the Determinants of Health Curriculum Survey Project and Assessing Foster Parents’ Perceptions of Their Preparedness To Care for the Child Exposed To Early Toxic Stress. Aimie is interested in pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine-Pediatrics and hopes to ultimately provide Primary Care to adults and children in Franklin County, Massachusetts. Aimie’s professional interests include women’s health, justice in medical delivery, and breastfeeding medicine. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, reading, and spending time with her husband and two children.
    MD/MPP Candidate at the Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National Student President of the American Medical Women's Association

    Samia Osman, a MD Candidate at Harvard Medical School and a MPP Candidate at Harvard Kennedy School of Government, is the National Student President of the American Medical Women's Association and a Regional Delegate representating medical students of Region 7 at the American Medical Association House of Delegates. 

  • Kaila Dion graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, in 2014 and is currently a third year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Throughout her first year at Tufts, she became increasingly involved with the Massachusetts Medical Society-Student Section (MMS-MSS). For 2015-2016, she was the MMS Tufts Chapter Chair as well as the MMS Membership Chair for the Student General Council plus alternate student representative of the MMS Committee on Women in Medicine.

  • Talisa de Carlo, BA is a fourth year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine applying to Ophthalmology. She completed an undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she first immersed herself in community service and peer mentorship through a directorship of Focus First Philly vision initiative. In medical school, Talisa de Carlo served on the General Council of the Massachusetts Medical Society for two years and through this leadership role organized multiple health fairs and community service opportunities for other active students. As the president of the Ophthalmology Interest Group her second year of medical school, she organized vision screenings with the Lions Eye Mobile and trained students at the Ophthalmology service of the Sharewood Project student-run clinic. Additionally, she has served as liaison of Tufts University School of Medicine students and the Massachusetts Hispanic Medical Association, with which she has participated in multiple events and health fairs obtaining clinical histories, performing blood pressure, glucose and hearing screenings in addition to ophthalmic exams. Talisa de Carlo has been awarded several awards for her work with the Massachusetts Medical Society and her dedication to the field of Ophthalmology including the Suffolk District Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship, Retina Research Foundation/Joseph M. and Eula C. Lawrence Travel Grant of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the TruFit Good Citizens Scholarship. She is passionate about vision care, peer enrichment, ophthalmology research, women’s health, and the advancement of women in leadership positions
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