Download PDF

Summary

I am an MD/MPH student who plans to apply into a Family Medicine Residency in the Fall of 2016. My interests are in community health, international and domestic community development, and obesity and chronic disease prevention.

Work History

Feb 2013Present

Food Rises Creator,director

Global Health
Food Rises Creator,Director Food Rises is a community based nutrition and lifestyle modification program. It attempted to combine grassroots efforts with multiple specialty collaborations to provide a sustainable route for change in a community. The goal here is to provide community members with enough education to be empowered and able to stand up for their rights. Components of the program included physical activity classes, nutritional education classes for adults and children, cooking classes, and fresh produce for participants to take home. Body And Mind, Creator Director In an effort to combine the efforts of Good Eats and Food Rises, 4 others and I created a club for student wellness and outreach. Its inclusive of the nutritional objectives outlined in Food Rises and Good Eats as well as other wellness topics like Mental Health. It will also have an outreach component in the form of mini-grants to encourage student activism in the community.
May 2013Present

Founder, Director

Body and Mind

In an effort to combine the efforts of Good Eats and Food Rises, 4 others and I created a club for student wellness and outreach. Its inclusive of the nutritional objectives outlined in Food Rises and Good Eats as well as other wellness topics like Mental Health. It will also have an outreach component in the form of mini-grants to encourage student activism in the community.Current club activities include: lecture series, cooking class and community garden in conjunction with school of public health, farm-to-market program with local co-op, yoga sessions, and workout groups.

 

May 2016Jul 2016

World Health Organization Upaid Intern

Department of Nutrition and Community Development

I will conduct a W.H.O commissioned systematic review and analysis of global childhood obesity prevention guidelines and early childhood nutrition.  I systematically appraised and characterized evidence-based and normative guidelines from twenty-seven governments and societies. The research aims to set the foundation for effective clinical management of overweight and obese children and adolescents. 

Normative literature was reviewed and analyzed across four primary domains: their (1) style, date and geography of publication; (2) development methodologies; (3) technical scope and content; and (4) target audience.

Mar 2013May 2016

McGovern Medical School Concentration Leader

Global Health
Concentration Leader I along with 5 other UT-Houston medical students are in charge of the day-to-day operations and planning of the Global Health Concentration. We are responsible for managing the educational curriculum of approximately 60 students, as well as their international experiences, and recruiting speakers to meetings. The improvement and development of the program is an ongoing project. Good Eats Lecture Series Coordinator I began a nutritional education Blue Book Series at UT Houston. Speakers are focused on either nutrition for the student, community or patient. The goal is to introduce students to primary prevention strategies for themselves and their patients. A cooking class is also available.
Aug 2015May 2016

Vice President

Student Society for Global Health, UT School of Public Health

My responsibilities include oversight of all organizational events as well expanding research, education, and community service opportunities. In my tenure, I have been working to establish long-term collaborative relationships with student groups and professors in Galveston, Austin, and San Antonio, in addition to other schools in the medical center. 

Aug 2015Mar 2016

Houston Global Health Collaborative Research Conference-Vice Chair

Houston Global Health Collaborative

The Global Health Collaborative is a collection of health professionals of all disciplines who are globally-like minded who come together to address current issues. For the 5th year, this organization has put on a research symposium to address millennium goals for world health. My responsibilities include organizing and overseeing venue, funds, speakers, program events, and registration.  

Jun 2013May 2014

Director

Good Eats Lecture Series

I began a nutritional education Blue Book Series at UT Houston. Speakers were asked to speak to current practices on nutrition for the student, community or patient. The goal is to introduce students to primary prevention strategies for themselves and their patients. As a practical application of the concepts discussed in lecture, students were also offered cooking classes with either Recipe for Success or as of January 2016, dietetic interns at the U.T. Houston School of Public Health.

Sep 2012May 2013

Co-Chair

Healthy Kids Initiative

Two students and I developed an original health wellness and education program for orphaned children, aged 9-13,  residing at a transitional home, the Delpelchin Center. We created original curriculum, which included topics of nutrition, pulmonary health, cardiovascular health, sexual health, and drug use. We recruited volunteers from the UT Houston Medical School, partnered with the Children’s Science Musuem for materials, and ran the program for six weeks in the Spring of 2013.

Jul 20122013

Baylor College of Medicine - Grants for Leadership Opportunities in Wellness.

Student Award.

Aug 2011Aug 2012

Corps Team Assistant Leader

Americorps NCCC

The mission of AmeriCorps NCCC is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service. NCCC requires a 10-month commitment of its members, who serve on teams of 8-12 people. Teams are assigned to service projects throughout the region of their campus and can expect to complete between 4-6 projects during their term of service. Service projects are developed in conjunction with sponsoring organizations and address critical needs in the areas of natural and other disasters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, energy conservation, and urban and rural development. NCCC's focus on responding to priorities in the area of natural and other disasters includes disaster preparedness, relief and recovery. Specifically worked in disaster recovery projects in Morrison, Colorado and Joplin, Missouri. In addition, I worked in Little Rock Arkansas, at a youth summer camp, with Habitat for Humanity in Durango, Colorado, and in Angel Fire New Mexico with the Girl Scouts of America. Received the Congressional and Presidential Volunteer Achievement Award.

Oct 2010Nov 2011

Exchange Program Student Facilitator

San-Antonio-Chennai Sister City Progrm

San Antonio-Chennai Potenial Student- Student Facilitator Chennai, India In an effort to create more compassionate and service oriented physicians. I am working with numerous organizations to create a community medicine/public health international medical service trip for students from San Antonio. Mrs. Costello would be my contact in the San Antonio government, and Mrs. Subramaniam the contact from IASA. This is an ongoing project.

Jun 2011Aug 2011

Camp Counselor

Americorps State

I will be a team leader with one other person. We will lead a group of 15 children ages 14-18. We will keep the participants engaged and motivated, in addition to a numer of other responsibilities. he Cityserve Program has grown to include academic enrichment, community service, and leadership development. Each summer, students have an opportunity to participate in community clean-ups, gardening projects, classes in politics and government, health and nutrition, and loads of recreational outings. CityServe was modeled after City Year-Boston, and utilizes the following Margaret Mead quote to serve as its guiding principle -- "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."

Jan 2011Jun 2011

Healthy Kids Project Director

San Antonio Health Collaborative

As an intern, my primary responsibility was the planning, organization, and execution of a spring break camp for middle school children geared toward obesity prevention. As the principal leader and manager of the event, my responsibilities included securing a location and staff for the camp, recruiting and management of volunteers and staff, original curriculum development and implementation, organization of a final family field day with various partner agencies and numerous giveaways, and other various intangible duties. After the completion of the camp, responsibilities included working on ongoing obesity prevention efforts within the city, planning of a 5K, and various speaking engagements with elementary schools on obesity prevention.

Jan 2011May 2011

Intern

San Antonio Health Collaborative
Intern San Antonio, TX an intern, my primary responsibility was the planning, organization, and execution of a spring break camp for middle school children geared toward obesity prevention. As the principal leader and manager of the event, my responsibilities included securing a location and staff for the camp, recruiting and management of volunteers and staff, original curriculum development and implementation, organization of a final family field day with various partner agencies and numerous giveaways, and other various intangible duties. After the completion of the camp, responsibilities included working on ongoing obesity prevention efforts within the city, planning of a 5K, and various speaking engagements with elementary schools on obesity prevention.
May 2009Jun 2010

Trip Leader

Rice Humanitarian Medical Aid
  • I led Rice’s 2010 humanitarian medical outreach program to Ghana. I was expected to travel, accommodation, funding, and projects in addition to contingency plans. Our voluntary efforts focused on the education of the local population on the basics of HIV/AIDS and other diseases that can be avoided with primary and secondary prevention programs.

 

Jan 2008May 2010

Instructor and Program Site Manager

Healthy Kids Houston, USDA, Baylor College of Medicine

The duties of this job include overseeing the successful organization and education of nutritional, behavioral, and physical education lessons. Classes are oriented toward the establishment of healthy living practices and the prevention of childhood obesity. Instructors are responsible for coordinating the successful execution of child recruitment, class conduction, parent and site management, and successful data collection.

2010Mar 2010

Defense League

Defense League
Alternate Spring Break Children's Participant Working to rectify medical issues in the Los Angeles community. We will hold educational awareness programs discussing healthcare issues, health policy and healthy lifestyle options with the underserved community in L. A. Honors

Education

Aug 2012May 2017

Doctorate of Medicine

McGovern School of Medicine

Concentration in Global Health

Houston, TX

May 2014May 2016

Master of Public Health

University of Texas School of Public Health

Customized Degree Program- Focus within Management Policy and Community Health

Houston, TX

2011

B.A Kinesiology

Rice University

Houston, TX

20032007

High School Graduate

Keystone School

Salutatorian, Class of 2007.

San Antonio, TX

Publications

O'Brien, A., Roth, M. K., Athreya, H., Reinker, K., Koeck, W., Patil, V., ... & Campbell, R. M. (2015). Management of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome in Patients With Jeune Syndrome Using the 70 mm Radius Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib. Journal of pediatric orthopedics.

Honors/Awards

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship 2016-2017 Award Winner

Leading the Way Essay Scholarship WInner -  Sponsored by Caring Friends Inc

University of Texas MPH Scholarship 2015

Baylor College of Medicine - Grants for Leadership Opportunities in Wellness Award- 2013

Presidential and Congressional Volunteer Achievement Award- 2012

Presidents Honor Roll -2009

Additional International Experience

Comparative Health Policy Program Participant                              May-June 2009

The United Kingdom

This experience took us through different levels of the British Universal Healthcare system. It provided the opportunity to study medicine in a different context and actively compare the British system to the American system. We conducted meetings with physicians, surgeons, hospital administrators, and non-profit organizers, and insurance companies. In addition we toured many of the medical buildings within the UK. Valuable experience for understanding current medical changes

Alternate Spring Break 2010 Children’s Defense League                   March 2010 Participant

Working to rectify medical issues in the Los Angeles community. We will hold educational awareness programs discussing healthcare issues, health policy and healthy lifestyle options with the underserved community in L.A.

Shoulder to Shoulder Clinic, Santa Anna, Honduras                             March 2014

I spent a week in Santa Anna and the surrounding villages providing medical care and medication to over 200 patients, and 10 schools. We also conducted a surveillance study of the current prevalence of parasitic infections in the population.