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For , we are spotlighting Dr. Bhavna Lall, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
“I had the opportunity to attend the Women in Medicine Summit in Chicago, Illinois on September 16-17, 2022. A group of 400 people (men and women) attended to understand and address ways to manage the gender inequities faced by women in medicine. https://www.womeninmedicinesummit.org/”
"During the pandemic, many women have resigned from their positions in medicine to address other roles in their lives. We have to find solutions to keep women in medicine and support the women that are currently practicing medicine, in training, and in school. There is too much at stake for the future of health care if we continue to ignore the challenges that women are facing in the field of medicine.”
Thank you Dr. Lall for your contributions to UH Medicine and the field of medicine!
Check it out: Our Albert Schweitzer Fellow Pelumi Oloyede and her project partner Sujal Manohar from Baylor are working to address loneliness and social isolation among the elderly in our community.
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¡Hola a todos!👋🏼
My name is Iliana Oberkircher. I am a first-generation Mexican American 🇲🇽 and a 2nd-year medical student from Donna, TX located in the Rio Grande Valley.
✨ I graduated from UT-San Antonio with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology with a focus in Neuroscience. ✨ Like many first-generation families mine has been separated to find work and education opportunities. Although my immediate family resides in the Rio Grande Valley and Houston, I have extended family as far north as Chicago and as far south as Jalisco, Mexico.
✨ “What is one thing you have learned about the Hispanic community during your time in Medical school?” During my time in our Longitudinal Primary Care Course, I see many Latino patients who have had negative experiences in medicine because of language barriers. Sometimes they just need someone to explain their diagnosis, medications, or procedures in a way they can understand and answer all their questions. This not only takes time and patience, but it takes a different kind of cultural understanding. When I see my Latino patients, I see my family in them. I see their hard work, their struggles, and their resilience. I believe that having a physician that looks like you and speaks your language strengthens the bond between physicians and their patients leading to better health outcomes. I love seeing my patients light up when they know I’m a native Spanish speaker and how proud they are when they see one of us in a white coat.
Some fun facts about me:
I was a science teacher for HISD before starting medical school. I taught grades 5-12.
I love to travel and have visited 13 countries so far.
My favorite dance is Cumbia. My favorite Mexican food is chilaquiles.
Stay tuned later this month as I show you how I prepare my chilaquiles!
My name is Brianna Gonzalez. I am Mexican-American, third-year medical student from Mission, TX, an area known as “The Rio Grande Valley” 🌴 🌴
I graduated from UT Austin with my bachelors degree in Public Health longhorn 🤘🏽HOOK EM’ 🤘🏽During my gap year I worked as a Promotora (Community Health Worker) at a federally qualified health center called Nuestra Clinical Del Valle in the Rio Grande Valley . It was an amazing experience that 1) allowed me to practice my Spanish in a health care setting 2) shone a light on how important culturally sensitive health education is for patients and 3) It showed me how RESILIENT people within the Hispanic communities are.
One of my favorite things about being Hispanic, is the vibrant, fun-loving, family oriented culture we grow up in. Plus the limitless carne asadas that never need a special occasion!
One of my favorite dishes is Caldo de pollo with a side of arroz, From the 50 degree Winters to the 100+ degree Summers, I am always ready for a bowl.
What is one thing you have learned about the Hispanic community during your time in medical school?
How much the community yearns for physicians who are able to empower and advocate for them. As well as how important being culturally competent is when caring for someone within the community is. I saw this a lot on my OBGYN inpatient rotation in which many of our Hispanic patients were not given proper consent and discussion on their medical care due to language barriers and cultural differences. It was then that I realized throughout this journey of being a medical student to resident to attending we are there to not only treat but empower and fight for proper respect and care for our patients.
FUN FACT: I danced Folklorico for a bit when I was younger 💃🏻
Happy Tuesday! For , we are celebrating Dr. Amber Zulfiqar, a clinical associate professor and director of the Longitudinal Primary Care Course at .
Thank you Dr. Zulfiqar for all that you do for , , and the !
¡Hola!👋🏼 My name is Ana Martinez. I am a Mexican-Salvadoran American 🇲🇽🇸🇻, first generation college graduate from UNT (🦅) and 3rd year medical student from Houston, TX.
I am bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish.
My favorite Mexican food is chiles rellenos and my favorite Salvadoran food is pupusas.
Most of my family currently lives in Monterrey, Nuevo León, México, which I have gotten the pleasure of visiting multiple times. My favorite thing about visiting aside from hanging out with family is being able to see el cerro (mountain) “La Silla” from nearly everywhere when driving around the city. I have not gotten the opportunity to visit El Salvador but it is definitely on my list.
“What is one thing you have learned about the Hispanic community during your time in Medical school?”
During my inpatient Internal Medicine rotation I noticed there was a disproportionate ratio of Hispanic physicians to the Hispanic patients we were taking care of, but also really enjoyed being part of the care team. As a medical student you have a little bit more free time than the resident and attending physicians, which I used to provide extra education to my hispanic patients on their health conditions and answer any extra questions they had during my pre-rounds.
I look forward to hanging out with y’all for the next few weeks. Feel free to leave any other questions down below. 👇🏼
Go Coogs! 😊
We're super excited to share starting this week Brianna Gonzalez , Ana Martinez , s from our inaugural class, and Iliana Sanchez Oberkircher, from the class of 2025, are helping us celebrate with a month-long Instagram takeover.
Have questions about the Latino Medical Student Association , the life of a , community health, or preparing for ? Now is the time to ask amigues! 🩺❤🎉
Please help us give them an awesome welcome!
We are continuing to celebrate with a feature on Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences.
KP: “I distinctly remember in elementary school contemplating a career as a professional dancer (I was doing lots of dancing back then) or something with science. Even though I still love dance, I thought that I could help more people by using my interest in science. My dad was a medic in the army for a couple of years before I was born, so I think that his stories of helping people in the clinic, operating room, and countryside impacted me. I know he would have loved to have gone to school to do medicine too.
I also was the oldest of four children and often acted as the pressure holder for bleeding wounds as my mother drove to the closest clinic or emergency department while I took care of one of my younger, injured siblings along that journey.”
Anything else you’d like to add?
KP: “I just hope that everyone can find something that they can do that is fulfilling. I think that it is awesome that we all have different skills that can be helpful to one another and that we do not all want to do the exact same thing.”
Thank you, Dr. Pilkinton for making a difference not only at , and Texas, but also in the medical field!
We are starting off the month celebrating Hispanic students leaders at our college who share their insight and thoughtfulness everyday, and in different ways, making all of us better, more aware.
So proud of all the awesome Coogs mentioned in this article, but special shout out to Iliana Oberkircher and Ana C. Martinez!
UH's Latino Student Leaders in the Spotlight During National Hispanic Heritage Month Meet just some of UH's students who are leading by examples in the classroom, on campus and in their communities.
Happy September! This is a gentle reminder to be kind and compassionate to yourself with some helpful tips from World Health Organization (WHO) 💛
Making time for self-care isn’t selfish or indulgent—it’s essential! Be well, stay well!
Our Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education & Faculty Affairs Jacqueline Levesque had a great time in D.C. helping teach a part of the Association of American Medical Colleges or AAMC's 2022-23 GME Leadership Development Certificate Program recently.
Happy Friday! For , we are celebrating Dr. Kenya Steele, assistant dean of Diversity and Outreach and clinical associate professor.
Why did you choose to be in medicine?
KS: “I have wanted to be a doctor since childhood, despite not having any family or friend who were physicians. I now believe this was influenced in part by having African American pediatricians and dentists as a child. I also believe medicine was and still is a calling for me. Most of these physicians were men. I am happy to see greater representation of women of color as I have progressed through my career.”
“My passion is to provide care, education and guidance to community members and students from underserved communities. I have worked most of my career to do my part in decreasing disparities and improving health care in our communities.”
Thank you Dr. Steele for your contributions to and the field of medicine. What an inspiration!
Wrapping up the day with another post -- please meet Diego Martinez from our class of 2026.
"I am interested in medicine because of the positive lifelong impacts I can make on individuals and communities. Receiving my white coat symbolizes to me the triumph of adversity and the beginning of a new and exciting journey."
Check out the insightful article about and during the from Professor Omolola Adepoju, director of research at the Humana Institute and clinical associate professor at .
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September is Healthy Aging Month. This , we are sharing some tips to help you enjoy a vibrant life from Dr. Brian Reed, chair of Clinical Sciences.
With improvements in healthcare and the ageing of the baby boomer generation, older adults make up a larger percentage of the population in the United States. By 2030, a projected 21 percent of the population will be over the age of 65.
Together, let's be positive and passionate about life. As we age, let's look forward to better days ahead!
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