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Graduating Class of 2016

 

 

Erika Heard

Erika Heard

B.S., Spelman College

M.D., Duke University

Erica has a full scholarship to Spelman and was elected to the Golden Key, Mortar Board, Beta Kappa Chi, and Alpha Epsilon Delta national honor societies in recognition of her academic achievements.  In college she spent a summer studying cellular pathways involved in replication of HIV and a summer at Washington University examining the effectiveness of a community intervention for sickle cell disease.  She presented the latter research at the National Sickle Cell Disease Association.  Erica matriculated to Duke earning the Wachovia Strickland and Davidson Council scholarships. At Duke Erica studied the mediating effects of social support on perceived stress, depression and hypertension in the African American population.  This work will be published in the Journal of the National Medical Association. In the summary in her Dean’s letter she was described as an exemplary student who was repeatedly commended for learning, dependability, responsiveness to feedback and interactions with patients and her teams.

 

 

Graduating Class of 2017

 

 

Daniel Cucco

Daniel Cucco

B.S., University of Maryland

M.D., State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

Daniel was born in Brooklyn, New York. His solid performance in medical school is a demonstration of his commitment to academic excellence. His evaluations consistently mentioned his solid clinical skills and medical knowledge as well as his reliability and work ethic.  During medical school he served on the curriculum and educational policies committee as a class representative.  Daniel also had the opportunity to take two electives that were not required of him, one in emergency medicine and the other in neuroscience, which he passed with honors.  He also worked on gathering data for multiple clinical research projects for the department of Emergency Medicine.  In his free time he enjoys working on creative projects using graphic design and film.  One of his recent projects was designing t-shirts for his medical school’s dodge ball team.

 
Vera Tate

Vera Tate

B.S., University of Central Arkansas

M.S., University of Central Arkansas

M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

My interests can be summed up in one word-disparities.  I am primarily interested in improving mental health access through working with primary care physicians in rural or underserved communities.  In addition I have an interest in facilitating the ongoing work to decrease the stigma associated with seeking mental health services in disadvantaged/minority populations as well as globally.  So whether it is here in the States or abroad, I would like to work to close the gap and to improve access to mental health providers.  In my spare time, I enjoy laughing with family and friends, writing, and traveling.

 

 

Graduating Class of 2018

 

 

Stephanie Schmitz

Stephanie Schmitz

B.A., Northwestern University

M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine 

While in medical school, Stephanie held numerous leadership positions that allowed her to pursue her passions for social, healthcare, and reproductive justice. Such enthusiasm was evident in the work she performed as coordinator for Medical Students for Choice and as a Spanish Interpreter for Healthcare for the Homeless and abroad. She was also elected President of her school's Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter and is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. When outside the hospital, she spends much of her free time indulging in her love of travel, good food, and dance. Stephanie went to India during her 4th year of medical school and hopes to continue traveling abroad at least once a year, if only for the chance to try new cuisines. She has been an avid salsa dancer for over 7 years, and occasionally dabbles in swing and tango.

 

 

Marsha Stern

 Marsha Stern

B.S., Tulane University

M.P.H., Tulane University School of Medicine

M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine 

Marsha graduated from Tulane University, where she was a varsity rower.  As an undergraduate, Marsha received departmental honors and the Ann Royal Arthur Memorial Award in German.  While in medical school, Marsha also pursued a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology.  Her MPH project dealt with prostate specific antigen screening and mortality.  She hopes to study quality improvement measures in the future.  Marsha has been a member of the MD/MPH executive committee and the Owl Club, a student group that evaluates and rewards teaching at Tulane.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

 

 

Graduating Class of 2019

 

 

Jonathan Kaplan

Jonathan Kaplan

B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

M.D., Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center

Jon was selected to serve as a member as one of five Rush Medical College representatives to the Chicago Department of Public Health student committee, with the charge of improving public health in the city of Chicago.  He was also nominated for membership in the Gold Humanism Honor Society by his graduating class for his exceptional service to the community.  He completed a sub-internship on the inpatient unit at Emory Hospital and impressed the attendings with his medical knowledge, work ethic, dependability, and self-directed learning.  His hobbies include endurance races, flag football, volleyball, and travel. 

 
Stefan Routt

Stefan Routt

B.S., Butler University

M.S., Indiana University Purdue University Indiana

M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine

Following graduation from Butler University, Stefan went on to earn a Masters Degree in Biology from IUPUI.  Stefan spent three summers working in a laboratory as a research associate, focused on studying metalloenediynes as possible sensitizers to radiation.  The work resulted in a first author publication in the International Journal of Hyperthermia.  His Dean’s letter comments on a number of impressive qualities, including the eagerness to learn, strong team orientation, and the willingness to do the hard work needed to take the best care of the patient.  During the clinical years of medical school, Stefan discovered his passion for working with patients with mental illness.  He especially enjoys the challenge of providing compassionate and quality inpatient care for those with multiple medical comorbidities and would like to work to reduce the disparities in medical care that many patients with mental illness experience.  Outside of school activities, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball, painting, and drawing. 

 

 

Graduating Class of 2020

 
Trygve Dolber

Trygve Dolber

B.S., Duke University

M.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Trygve took the roundabout way to medicine, starting with a B.S. in computer science from Duke University.  He then commissioned as a U.S. Army officer, serving for five years and living in Germany and Iraq.  Finally, he decided to become a psychiatrist and completed his medical undergraduate training at Case Western Reserve University.  There he helped run the student-run free clinic during its inaugural year, led the AMSA chapter’s Wellness and Student Life committee, and directed the med school’s a capella group, Docapella.  He also spent a year in a neuromodulation lab, developing machine learning algorithms to predict personalized deep brain surgery efficacy in Parkinson’s disease patients, which led to multiple publications.  One day, he hopes to streamline his interests into smoothly integrating medicine and psychiatry in primary care, particularly for “high-utilizer” populations.  Outside the hospital, he enjoys postulating with his psychologist wife, playing tabletop games, hitting the trail, and trying to meditate consistently.

 
Elizabeth McCord

Elizabeth McCord

B.S., New York University

M.D., Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans

Throughout medical school, Elizabeth demonstrated a commitment to leadership, community involvement, and academic medicine.  She has been heavily involved with her Student Government Association and has been the class Secretary for all four years of medical school.  In addition to her various leadership positions, Elizabeth has been involved in community service both on and off campus.  She was involved in gastrointestinal research, studying the medical and surgical management of carcinoid tumors.  In addition to her excellence in research, her integrity, empathy, and altruism in her practice of medicine was recognized by her classmates and she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Society.  Elizabeth enjoys playing intramural football and soccer.