The AMA Foundation is pleased to introduce the participants of the 2020-2021 Leadership Development Institute. These ten students will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to prepare students to be future leaders in medicine, which kicked-off with a virtual retreat on Sept. 25. Participants are paired with experienced and currently practicing physician leaders to serve as mentors throughout the year. Through monthly meetings and conversations, participants will receive personal career consultation and guidance while expanding professional networks. We welcome the following medical students:
Dory Askins, University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Dory seeks to pursue a career that includes health policy and/or healthcare administration. She is particularly interested in changes in medical education. Askins currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Medical Student Section of the AMA and as the medical student representative of South Carolina Medical Association’s (SCMA) Board of Trustees. She loves traveling, cycling, and fashion.
Ankita Brahmaroutu, M.D., M.S., Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Neurology Residency
Ankita is currently completing her internal medicine preliminary year at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is going into neurology with plans to complete a stroke fellowship. Dr. Brahmaroutu is interested in studying stroke disparities, especially the alarming rates of strokes in her home state of Texas and beyond. In medical school, Dr. Brahmaroutu worked closely with the Texas Medical Association during Texas’s legislative session, providing testimony and tracking bills that directly affected Texas medical schools and public health.
Gabriel Colón-Estarellas, Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine
Gabriel nis a fourth-year medical student who seeks to pursue a career in internal medicine. He is most interested in providing access to high-quality health care to underserved communities. As a medical student, Colón-Estarellas led a student-run medical organization, which provided free healthcare clinics across the island of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes. Colón-Estarellas is currently his school’s AMA Chapter Delegate and is working on the re-integration of Puerto Rican medical students to the AMA at the national level.
Ellen Dowling, Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS)
Ellen is planning to pursue a career in the field of Emergency Medicine, with a focus on social justice both locally and globally. Most recently, she completed a formative year-long Global Health Fellowship through EVMS, during which she participated in community partnerships in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, and Arizona. Her work in the US has consisted of EVMS-sponsored projects, including the Medical Spanish initiative, EVMS REMEDY (a student-run medical equipment recovery group), the EVMS Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team, as well as non-academically affiliated work on the US-Mexico border with migrants (through the Kino Border Initiative and Samaritans), asylum seekers (through the Arizona Asylum Network), and those experiencing displacement due to gentrification (through Casa Maria of Tucson). Dowling cannot wait to mentor others in the same inspiring and empowering manner that she has received mentorship.
Victoria S. Humphrey, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Victoria seeks to pursue a career in general academic dermatology with a special interest in skin of color dermatology. She chose a career in medicine because she holds the values of equality, diversity, and social justice in high esteem. Her passions include educational equality, increasing diversity within the house of medicine, and working with medically underserved communities. Having founded Apples 4 Education: Advocating for Educational Equality, co-founded Snacks for STEM: Fighting Food Insecurity, and created a suture kit checkout service for medical students, Victoria remains active within her university and the local community. She is a co-coordinator for the Student Dermatology Clinic for the Underserved, the Class of 2021 student government treasurer, an inaugural School of Medicine Social Media Ambassador, and fosters cats. She is honored to have been named a 2019 National Medical Association Emerging Scholar, a 2020 American Medical Association Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Scholar, and a 2020 Pittsburgh Magazine/PUMP 40 Under 40 Honoree.
Martín Jurado, University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Martín is interested in pursuing a career that would allow him to provide comprehensive medical care while incorporating surgical advancements to serve New Mexican patients living in rural and underserved areas. Before medical school, Jurado took a pivotal role in a research project targeting complex patients in New Mexico funded by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Subsequently, he helped launch an assistance program that was funded by the Health Resources and Service Administration that supported primary care teams across the country to increase their capacity to treat opioid use disorder. As a current executive board member of the Latino Medical Student Association at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Jurado is continuously involved in uniting and empowering other medical students to advocate for the health of the Latinx community.
Volha I. Mazziotto, Northeast Ohio Medical University
Volha is interested in pursuing a career in Diagnostic Radiology. Mazziotto comes from a diverse background and speaks English, German, Russian, and Belarusian. Prior to medical school, Mazziotto worked as a Health Education Coordinator and a Patient Care Assistant. She has lived in several countries around the world and has experience working with patients in the U.S., Belarus, and Singapore. Her interests include global health, intercultural communication, health equity, wellness, and nutrition. During medical school, Mazziotto was a leader of several student organizations, volunteered at the Student-Run Free Clinic, served on the Wellness Committee, and as a Peer Advisor.
Elisabeth Seamon, MPH, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii
Elisabeth aspires to use her public health background in the field of obstetrics and gynecology. Her goal is to eventually work in a medically underserved area to decrease health disparities, especially within minority groups. During the PPE shortage this year, Elisabeth took the lead of a student group who together made over 2,000 face shields for first responders. In addition, she helped lead a group of students in the maintenance of a guidance document for providers during the pandemic based on national recommendations.
Emily Slominski, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Buffalo
Emily is interested in integrating humanism into medical education and is currently working on a film project titled “Please Tell Me Your Story” in an effort to highlight the unique patient populations in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. She was selected by her peers to serve as a class representative at her medical school and serves on the medical admissions committee. Slominski also co-founded the Child Advocacy Club, an organization dedicated to increasing student and community awareness of childhood mistreatment. In pursuit of continued youth advocacy, she intends to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychiatry and plans to continue her work in curriculum development and mentorship.
Jon Taylor-Fishwick, Eastern Virginia Medical School
Jon Taylor-Fishwick is a fourth-year medical student who is passionate about working with underserved populations. His interests are in health policy and global health. During medical school, Jon founded a free clinic serving uninsured children, a Medicaid enrollment program, and an opioid overdose awareness program. He has also traveled throughout Latin America, working in several low-resource settings, and was selected as the Medical Society of Virginia Salute to Service Award recipient and an American Medical Association Foundation Physicians of Tomorrow Award recipient.
Zachary B. White II, MS, University of South Alabama College of Medicine
Zachary B. White is a fourth-year medical student at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine who was elected by his class to serve four years as the first African American class president in the history of the institution. As president, Zachary strives to ensure equity for all students as he sits on various committees that make curriculum decisions. His ultimate career goal is to become a radiation oncologist in academic medicine treating cancer patients, teaching future scientists, and making significant contributions to cancer research. One of his favorite aspects of radiation oncology is the opportunity to give compassionate medical care to cancer patients while working with the latest state-of-the-art medical technology. Zachary is also an active cancer researcher and has received national awards from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR).