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  • Elorm Avakame is a second-year M.D. Candidate at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is passionate about finding ways to leverage the physician platform in pursuit of health equity and social justice. Elorm plans to spend his career serving the adolescent population of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from where he originates. Of note, he is an irrationally avid supporter of all Philadelphia sports teams despite their persistent futility.
    • FAA Certified Accident Investigator
    • Commerical Pilot
    • Instructor Pilot, KC-135R
    Air Force Veteran, Crisis Response Planner and Responder, MD Candidate at Oakland University-William Beaumont SOM
    • Member, Committee on Economics and Quality in Medicine at AMA-MSS, National
    Looking to combine cross-discipline experience in Humanitarian Assistance, Crisis Response and Medicine to improve resiliency and medical response performance both pre and post-Event. Accomplished, creative and motivated team leader for both deliberate and crisis planning. Demonstrated leader during responses to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and the Bangkok floods of 2011. Experienced multi-engine aircraft pilot in command and instructor with over 3500 hours and over 1000 hours of mission time in combat zones. Award winning instructor. Lauded for creative and effective training programs at the Pacific Air Forces Headquarters for both new personnel and continuation training. Trusted agent of the United States Government, cleared to the highest standard.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Primary Care
    • Health Services Research
    • Social Justice
    • Health Disparities
    Fellow, General Internal Medicine
    • General Internal Medicine Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

    Dr. Utibe Essien is a General Internal Medicine Primary Care and research fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the intersection between race and socioeconomic status on chronic and cardiovascular disease outcomes. As a resident, he co-founded the Social Justice Interest Group and was Chair of Resident and Fellows Committee of the MGH Center for Diversity and Inclusion for which he received the Department of Medicine Allan F. Moore Memorial Award for Community Service Award. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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