Medical Students Making Impacts 2018

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Eva DeLappe

Eva DeLappe grew up in Reno, Nevada. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in English, she spent a year in rural Alaska as a radio journalist, reporting on local news and recording the life stories of Alaska native elders. Afterwards, she relocated to New York, where she led an afterschool writing program for high school girls in the South Bronx, and fell in love with medicine while volunteering at a local hospital. She completed her science classes for medical school in Philadelphia, and returned to New York to work as a community health worker with asthmatic kids and adults on Medicaid. She is part of the Primary Care Scholars Program at Mount Sinai and is interested in family medicine in underserved communities. She is excited to visit Nogales and learn more about rural health, border politics, and the traditional health practices of the T’Ohono Odham Nation.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Oranicha (Natty) Jumreornvong

Oranicha (Natty) Jumreornvong was born and raised in Thailand. She graduated from Stanford University with Honors. At Stanford, she was a co-founder of an EHR company that serves 5,000 patients with chronic disabilities in rural Thailand-Myanmar border and a Princess of Thailand representative in Cambodia on assistive devices upgrade for paralympic athletes and land mines explosion amputees. Her commitment to the disabled community as a scholar and advocate earned her a media coverage in Stanford News as well as the Stanford Public Service Scholarship and the Social Innovator Award from the Princess of Thailand. She has 22 dogs, 13 cats and 2 water buffaloes back at home in Thailand.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Tyler McChane

Tyler McChane comes to the Mount Sinai School of Medicine from Louisville, Kentucky. While studying economics and political science at the University of Louisville, Tyler developed an interest in political economy and sustainability. Though he spent the following years working in direct support for individuals with disabilities and working events for a photo booth company, he later took an interest in healthcare as a volunteer Spanish interpreter at the Family Community Clinic, where he helped to provide free healthcare to patients without insurance. He would go on to serve five years as the clinic’s volunteer coordinator before returning to undergrad to study science in preparation for medical school. He is excited to visit Arizona and learn about rural health, community-based healthcare organizations, and life along the US-Mexico border.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Hannah Krystal

Hannah Krystal is a first year medical student at the Icahn School of Mount Sinai. She is simultaneously studying to receive a Masters in Clinical Ethics from Clarkson University through their dual degree program with Mount Sinai, and has a particular interest in both end of life care and healthcare reform. She is interested in pursuing a career in geriatrics, either general or specialized. She volunteers as an interpreter at EHHOP, Mount Sinai’s student-run free clinic, so she is looking forward to learning about geriatric healthcare among Spanish-speaking populations in Nogales, on both sides of the border. She is currently taking a course on Health Policy for her ethics program, and would like to apply what she learns about Native American healthcare at the Tohono O’odham Nation to her studies.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Alex Sarosi

My name is Alex Sarosi and I am a first-year medical student at Mount Sinai. I am a born and raised New Yorker, but I love to travel and explore new places. That being said, I have yet to live anywhere else for more than 3 months. My draw to medicine stems for a deep and emphatic passion for helping others and defending basic human rights, one being healthcare. I am excited for the opportunity to work with SEAHEC, along with the patients and community members of Nogales, to understand the specific health issues faced in such a unique area. I am particularly interested in the health of immigrants, especially during the transition process, and am actively engaged in the Human Rights Clinic at Mount Sinai that works with people seeking asylum in the US. Aside from my studies and volunteering, I love to play sports, get outdoors, and stay active. Nonetheless, I also enjoy bingeing Netflix shows and staying inside to cook.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Priscilla Agyeman

Hi, I’m Priscilla Agyeman and I’m a second year MPH student at Mount Sinai focusing in the area of Global Health. Being a first generation American to two Ghanaian parents, I understand the plight of immigrants that come to this country for a better life and resources. Border health is a growing interest of mine and it is a cause that I find extremely endearing and urgent. I will also be attending the Global Health Summer in Dilley, Texas conducting research with two other Mount Sinai colleagues, in affiliation with the CARA Pro Bono Project, a collaborative volunteer organization consisting of pro bono lawyers and advocates at one of the largest immigration detention centers in Texas. I hope to use this project in Nogales to expand my knowledge and first-hand experience working with this specific population in order to enrich my background doing this type of global health outreach. I plan to use my skills in health literacy, volunteer work with vulnerable communities, and compassion to utilize this trip to the fullest.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Jacqueline Attia

Jacqueline Attia is a first-year graduate student in Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, studying Public Health, with a concentration in Global Health. She graduated from Syracuse University, with a bachelor’s degree in biology and forensic science. She is a first-generation student who understands many health issues that arise can often be prevented. Therefore, she hopes to enter the public health field on a global scale, to not only lessen the overall burden of disease, but to also provide cultures easy alternative options that can make them even more capable of taking control of their own health. Furthermore, through her various volunteer work with Somalian refugees and CMENA, she is comfortable in adjusting her work in order to tailor it to the population she is working with.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Ayla Pelleg

Hi! My name is Ayla Pelleg. I am currently a fellow in Geriatrics and Palliative Care at Mount Sinai. I completed my undergraduate degree in Public Health at The George Washington University in Washington DC where I first got interested in health disparities, helping minorities, and global health. I worked in a medical clinic in Cape Town and volunteered on ambulances in Israel. I stayed in DC to complete my medical school training at The George Washington University. I completed a Primary Care Internal Medicine residency in a combined program between Cook County Hospital in Chicago and Rush University Medical Center. In residency, I spent time in Haiti working in a medical clinic. I am passionate about caring for the older adults, patients with multimorbidity, and alleviating symptoms of those chronically ill.

2018 Mt. Sinai-MSMI

Elisabeth Brodbeck

Elisabeth Brodbeck is the Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health where she feels fortunate to have a role in shaping future public health leaders. She began her career at Mount Sinai coordinating the multimillion-dollar AIDS International Training and Research Program supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Fogarty International Center. She acted as a facilitator for the collaborative efforts between Mount Sinai and research scientists, clinicians, social scientists and community partners in and around Buenos Aires and conducted on-site training and scaled up multidisciplinary research partnerships. Later transitioning to the Graduate Program in Public Health, she has overseen the expansive growth of Mount Sinai’s Public Health Program over the last six years, its successful reaccreditation through 2023, the development of new academic programs and curricular opportunities, and the establishment of new pubic health practice partnerships locally and internationally, while managing the administrative team.

Elisabeth’s own research focuses on access to health care services by immigrant populations in large urban centers, health disparities, medical sociology and ethnography. She holds a BA from DePaul University, an MA in International Affairs from The New School, and an MPH from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and is currently finishing her doctoral studies in Medical Sociology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

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