HCOP Ambassadors

Our Cohorts

Zainab

Zainab Awan

I decided to pursue medicine because with it, not only will I be able to interact with people from all walks of life, but it'd allow me to extend my reach to the global scale to do something worthwhile and meaningful to me. Thus, my future goal is to become an exceptional physician that can effectively navigate new cultures and provide specialized care to people who might not otherwise have access to it. Ultimately, I look forward to one day being able to serve my global community as a physician. 

Hoan

Hoan Nguyen

I am currently a first-year Physician Assistant student at the University of Pittsburgh and have been a part of HCOP as an ambassador since 2019 when I began my journey applying for PA schools. Besides aspiring to become a competent healthcare professional who provides quality care to patients, I also thrive to become an advocate for underserved communities by addressing healthcare disparities.  

Toi Francis

Toi Francis

I am a student at Xavier University of Louisiana and am currently on the pre-med track and hope to become a pediatrician in the future. I have wanted to be a doctor for a very long time because the idea of helping to make people better has always appealed to me, but I've only recently decided that I want to be a pediatrician.

Joshua Loughran

Joshua Loughran

I am a medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Before medical school, I received a Master of Public Health degree at Dartmouth College, so I am very interested in the role of public health in individualized care. I have an interest in reinventing the foster care system in New Jersey with the NJ Department of Children and Families and creating a homeless medicine clinic through the Homeless Medicine Initiative of the GW Healing Clinic. I was also just accepted to the VA Health Professional Scholarship Program and will be working for the VA upon completion of my residency. Regardless of whatever specialty I choose, I want to continue working to make a difference in my community and provide care to underserved communities.

Todd Greer

Todd Greer

I would like to have a career as a physician working in an underserved community at a public hospital or clinic. I have a wide variety of interests, so my goals at the moment are more about the people that I can impact while working and not the specific work.

Jessica Boretos

Jessica Boretos

I look forward to becoming a diagnostic medical sonographer and helping doctors come up with diagnoses for a variety of different pathological conditions. Currently, I am pursuing ARDMS certification in abdomen and OBGYN, and I am working towards getting certified in vascular technology. Real-time ultrasound imaging is something I find fascinating and especially interesting when combined with interventional procedures.  I hope I can make all of my patients feel safe, welcome, and a sense of ease when they receive top-quality diagnostic imaging care from me.

Bdho Gidey

Bdho Gidey

My goal is to utilize several divergent skills that I have developed to improve the lives of my patients as a physical therapist. Given my manifold experience in the healthcare field and my clinical experience, I will bring a significant amount of skill, energy, and professionalism to my clients.

Abigail Seaton

Abigail Seaton

I am at the University of Rochester and majoring in Biology and minoring in Spanish; I am also on the pre-med track. As it relates to my career goal, I hope to become a doctor in the future and join the Doctors Without Border program. I am not sure what exactly I want to specialize in yet, but I do know that I want to travel to different countries across the world and help people who may not have access to proper healthcare systems.

Annie Ouyang

Annie Ouyang

After I finish medical school, I aspire to be a physician who serves and advocates for underserved communities in a global context. I hope to integrate the knowledge that I acquire from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and School of Public Health into my practice to give culturally competent, compassionate care in places of need.

Octavia

Octavia Dormu

I am majoring in Public Health at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. I plan to attend medical school in the future and get my doctorate. I am not completely sure what exact career path I plan to go into but I would love to work in the medical field. I am considering working in a hospital alongside other doctors. With a Public Health degree, there are many options I can choose from so I am still exploring.

 
Luis Lemos Lopes

Luis Lemos Lopes

I am a second-year medical student who is interested in emergency medicine and critical care medicine. Before starting medical school, I attended Franklin and Marshall College in PA, where I majored in Biology and Spanish while also working as an Advanced EMT. I was recently accepted to the VA HPSP, and lately, I have been involved in research projects in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care as well as the Department of Emergency Medicine.

 
Ramapoza O’Dwyer

Ramapoza O’Dwyer

I have been a Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse for three years. My experience as a nurse has broadened my knowledge in disease processes and treatments and has rekindled my passion for studying medicine. My desire to advance my knowledge on human physiology, management of diseases, and effectively collaborating with other members of the healthcare team led me to pursue medicine. I am currently enrolled in the George Washington University PostBacc PreMed Program,  class of 2021-2022.

Nana Addo

Nana Addo

I want to pursue being a medical doctor and specialize in neurosurgery because being a doctor is the highest achievement a person interested in solving problems, and relating to people and humanity on a deeper level can pursue. I know that the pathway to becoming a neurosurgeon is very difficult, but I know that it is the best career choice for me to express my strengths of helping others figure out their own unique stories.

Carmen Meli

Carmen Meli

As a Doctorate student of Physical Therapy (GWU), my goal in the upcoming years is to continue acquiring the skills and knowledge that will be intrinsic to my role as a future clinician. By doing so I hope to become the best practitioner I can be, all while reciprocating the assistance I have received by serving as a source for those younger professionals that come after me.

Omar Elmasry

Omar Elmasry

Throughout my time as a physical therapy student, I have been exposed to the multifaceted role of the physical therapist in a patient's rehabilitation. My aspirations as a future clinician revolve around this deeply personal relationship between the patient and therapist, coming to this interaction with humility, respect, and compassion define my career goals.

Maureen Nwizu

Maureen Nwizu

I am a first-year medical student at George Washington (GWSMHS). I hope to pursue physical medicine and rehabilitation or infectious diseases.

Priya Kumrah

Priya Kumrah

I am currently a first-year Physical Therapy student at the George Washington University. My main interest has always been to work in pediatrics but I am also interested in working with underserved communities. I have a personal connection to the South Asian community and want to help address and reduce risk factors that lead to poor health outcomes within the community. 

Morgan Griffitts

Morgan Griffitts

My career goal is to become a polytrauma PT with an emphasis on working with patients who have had an amputation. One day, I hope to either work for the VA or become an active duty and serve.

Bryan Damas

Bryan Damas

I am pursuing a career in Medical Laboratory Science after I complete my program this year to gain experience at the bench. Once I eventually learn what it takes to run the lab, I would like to move further up and get an MBA and become a Lab Director and run my own lab or business.

Yared Tesfaye

Yared Tesfaye

After completing high school, I will go to college for 4 years. Then I plan to pursue my career goal of becoming a biomedical engineer.

Carrie Engard

Carrie Engard

My short-term goal is to develop expertise in the organization, oversight, and analysis of clinical research trials. My long-term goal is to be a part of the research and analysis of novel approaches aimed at preventing, treating, and potentially curing chronic conditions. My goals also include experiencing the feeling of satisfaction from helping to bring a novel and innovative treatment from the lab to patients’ bedside and seeing that treatment significantly improves the lives of individuals with chronic illnesses.

Justin Brasher

Justin Brasher

I have wanted to work in the medical field for as long as I can remember. My ultimate goal is to finish up school and become a medical laboratory scientist so that I can be a part of the process that helps patients get better and live a healthy life.

Atiya Idris

Atiya Idris

My career goal is to learn and connect with those who share the same vision and mission: To be a medical professional who can serve underprivileged communities.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse Kirtchuk

Jesse Kirtchuk (Cohort 1)

One of my career goals is to be an expert physical therapist that specializes in musculoskeletal-related conditions. I want to have the capacity to use my knowledge and expertise towards becoming a leader in our field while providing excellent care. I wish to expose the benefits of physical therapy to underserved populations so that they too can experience all that we have to offer.

Selma Al Khalafalla Omer

Selma Al Khalafalla Omer (Cohort 1)

I am an immigrant from Sudan and an MD of Medicine and Surgery from my country back home. I completed a master of  Clinical Microbiology at George Washington University last year and my career goal is to become a medical laboratory scientist. I aspire to improve the medical laboratory field in my home country when I return there.

Iman

Iman Sayed (Cohort 2)

At the moment, I have completed my bachelor’s in science degree from George Washington University in Medical Laboratory Sciences. I plan on continuing my educating and attending medical school in the coming year; therefore, I am taking this time to study for my MCAT and gain continuous exposure to clinical environments. I have obtained a job as a medical assistant at a dermatologist’s office and will continue to take part in various extracurricular activities, ranging from being a research volunteer to making brown bag lunches for the homeless population of Washington DC. I continuously strive towards gaining the necessary knowledge and skills needed to become a great health care professional one day, and I know that HCOP was placed in my life to help me do so by uplifting me and guiding me through this overwhelming process of applying and preparing for medical schools.

Nathan Hellem

Nathan Hellem (Cohort 2)

I recently graduated from Northern Virginia Community College with an associate degree in Vascular Sonography. My current career goal is to take my Registered Vascular Technology (RVT) exam and obtain employment as a Vascular Sonographer. After I obtain my RVT, I plan on studying for my NHA exams to become an EKG Technician and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. I will never stop learning, growing, and applying myself in new clinical and diagnostic disciplines. As healthcare workers, we are all lifelong learners.

Ryann Phillips

Ryann Phillips (Cohort 2)

I am a recent graduate from the GWU with my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I am now a resident with INOVA Health Systems specializing in outpatient musculoskeletal conditions. I would like to use my position to educate about wellness to underserved populations as well as continuing to serve my community in my spare time.