June 25th – June 29th, 2014, we formed a unique collaboration between Jose’s Hands, EMM, Misioneros Del Camino. Together we will harness the expertise of dedicated health and medical professionals to address a myriad of health challenges in Guatemala.
My name is Andrew Canonico and I am currently a first year medical student at George Washington. Last year I graduated from the University of Maryland with a Biology degree. Home for me is in New Jersey, where I used to work as an EMT. My favorite hobbies are playing soccer and baseball. This will be my first medical mission trip, and I am very excited to be a part of it. I couldn’t be more thankful for such a wonderful opportunity that has been granted to me!
Di Bai: I am a first year medical student at the University of Illinois, where I previously earned an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Urbana-Champaign campus. I grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago, the first community where I became committed to service and volunteering. For two years, I was a dedicated mentor for an organization that focused on adolescent victims of domestic violence while they were living in transitional housing. In college, I led a reading program for elementary school students in nearby underserved areas and participated in an outreach program for local Congolese refugees. I currently volunteer for the free clinics at my medical school. Outside of school, I enjoy good food, music, and anything outdoors. This is an incredible opportunity to aid an underserved community, and I look forward to this experience as part of an ongoing commitment to global health and health disparities.
My name is Estevana Isaac and I am an MD/MPH Candidate at Meharry Medical College. I am an Afro-Caribbean Hispanic raised in Jamaica, NY and am alumni to the University of Pennsylvania, where I co-founded and served as president of the Minority Association of PreHealth Students (MAPS). Penn’s first and only support group for prospective physicians, seeking to improve patient outcomes for underserved communities. I am currently seeking a career which will allow me to actively engage in health services research as well as help mold and shape national and international health policy. I am also committing much of my time as a writer and class representative for Meharry’s Newsletter, The Pulse. I am so very thankful to be selected as a 2014 Jose’s Hands ambassador!
My name is Fariha Siddiqui and I am a rising second year student at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine. I previously attended Rutgers University with a major in Cell Biology & Neuroscience and a double minor in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies. Through my previous education, I gained a particular interest in equalizing medicine on a global scale and making healthcare more accessible to those in less fortunate situations. I feel Jose’s Hands is giving me the perfect opportunity to explore the ever-evolving field of international medicine and see firsthand what needs to be done to bridge that gap.
Kristi Ray: I am currently a first year medical student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. I previously attended the University of Central Florida and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. I am passionate about global health, community based outreach, and sustainable agriculture. In my free time I enjoy scuba diving and anything that gets me outdoors. I am honored and excited to be a part of the Jose’s Hands family!
My name is Nestor Yeyati. I am from Boca Raton, Florida. I spent five wonderful years at Florida Atlantic University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences. At the moment I am a proud 1st year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. I am hoping to pursue a career in Orthopedics or Emergency Medicine. In May of 2012 I went on a medical mission trip to Jamaica with 11 of my classmates. We worked with local primary care clinics and helped provide medical screening tests to walk-in patients. I enjoy exercising, scuba diving and playing sports in my free time.
My name is Tiffanie Do and I am currently a first year medical student at in Orlando,FL. I’m originally from San Jose, CA and finished my undergraduate studies at University of California-Irvine. I am very excited to broaden my horizons and continue learning about global health with this grant opportunity with Jose’s Hands. Thanks so much for your support in making this dream come true!