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Jenny (she/her) is an M2 at Harvard Medical School. Her academic interests focus on reproductive science, reproductive immunology and fertility care for LGBTQIA+ patients, and leads several initiatives and student groups focused on reproductive rights and justice.
Jenny's greatest passion, however, is advocating for medical students living with health conditions, illnesses and disabilities. Jenny launched Unconditional Publishing alongside her colleagues at HMS to serve as a platform for student-patients to share their stories.
She is active on twitter @Jenny__Rowley
Sam (she/her) is an MS2 at Harvard Medical School. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, she graduated from Duke University ('19) with a B.S. in neuroscience and global health. She continues to pursue this academic intersection at HMS, where she serves on the Secretariat Team for the Global Neurosurgery Committee of the WFNS and collaborates with the Program for Surgery and Social Change (PGSSC).
Alongside her colleagues at HMS, Sam has launched a platform titled "Unconditional Publishing" to highlight the narratives of medical students living with illness, health conditions and/or disabilities. She has also been involved in numerous national and international COVID-19 projects, including co-founding the National Student Response Network (NSRN) to connect willing health professions students with volunteering opportunities.
King Fok is currently a MS2 at Harvard Medical School and holds a MS in Global Public Health and Policy from Queen Mary University of London.
Harry Paul (he/him/his) is a disabled MD-PhD student at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He began his career in scientific research during high school, when he worked for three years on bioengineering research about the disease he was born with, congenital scoliosis. He focused on creating implants that would reduce the number of surgeries a child would endure as well as created a novel testing system to allow scientific innovation in a too-stagnant field. His work earned him a place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, where he won two special awards and three grand awards, including 1st place and Best in Category, placing him in the top-twenty worldwide. He was subsequently invited by President Barack Obama to present his research at the White House Science Fair, where he discussed the need for the patient perspective in driving innovation. Harry was one of the few attendees that day who had the opportunity to meet directly with President Obama, who later shared some aspects of their conversation in a nationally-televised address.
Harry then began school at Tufts University, where he double-majored in Biochemistry and Community Health. Much of his work outside of the research lab was in medical anthropology, where he wrote about early childhood experiences in the intensive care unit. He was a leader on campus in political organizing, taught health education to high school students in the greater Boston area, and performed bioengineering research in intestinal immunology.
At Hopkins, Harry is planning to pursue a PhD in immunology alongside his MD studies. His disability work began early in his first year of medical school, as he realized how many more barriers existed within medicine than in other spaces, as well as the importance of learning about disabilities for him and his peers. His work on disabilities was recently published on KevinMD.
He is on the Student Advisory Council to the President of JHU for COVID-19, and advocates tirelessly for the needs of disabled students in reopening plans, PPE, and accommodations surrounding the pandemic. He is an active member of the MSTP, serving on the Diversity Student Council. He has a great interest in admissions to medical school and how it can be used to recruit and support disabled students. To this end, he co-chaired the MSTP Second Look committee, the MD Second Look committee, and the MD orientation committee. Harry is the president and founder of Disabled @ Hopkins Med. He is on the Diversity Committee of the American Physician Scientists Association, the National Leadership Team of the Association of Disabilities and Chronic Illness in Medicine (ADACIM), and the First Aid Official Contributor Team, helping to curate research and graphics about disabilities for the 2021 edition.
He advocates and writes about the experience of being disabled in medicine and researches immunology and infectious diseases. He is active on twitter @_HarryPaul_.
Ayala (he/him/his) is a rising M3 student at University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a founding member and President of Medical Students for Accessible Education (MSAE), which has advised the medical school on best practices for students with a disability and provided support to fellow medical students seeking accommodations.
At the city level, he helped to establish the Chicago chapter of the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS). Nationally, he mentors a growing number of students on the path to becoming a physician, especially those who have recently been diagnosed with a disability and who identify as transgender/queer, black, indigenous, and/or people of color.
Britt (she/her) is a second year MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson. She began college at Portland Community College, then graduated from Portland State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She is an active leader in women's medical professional groups and is dedicated to creating mentorship opportunities for fellow first-generation and low income (FGLI) premedical students and students with disabilities. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, strategy games, and creating art. After graduating medical school, Britt wants to revolutionize the care of patients with traumatic brain injury through neurology and neuroscience studies.
Zoie Sheets is a second year medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), as well as a member of the Urban Medicine, Patient-Centered Medicine, and James Scholar programs at UIC. During her Masters of Public Health program, Zoie became interested in the disparities that folks with disabilities are facing when trying to access primary care. She believes that disability education in medical school curriculum has the potential to shift the attitudes that can exist toward disability within healthcare. To explore this further, she has developed and piloted simulated patient models of disability, training disabled patients to teach and give feedback to medical students.
Currently, Zoie is a member of the Meeks Lab at the University of Michigan, focusing on thematic analysis of the lived experiences of doctors with disabilities, as captured in the #DocsWithDisabilities podcast. She teaches a seminar to undergraduate students on the experiences of those with disabilities in healthcare -- both patients and practitioners.
As a disabled future physician, Zoie is dedicated to increasing accessibility for fellow practitioners and patients. You can follow her @ZoieSheets on Twitter.
Seth (he/him) is currently an MS2 at Boston University School of Medicine. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Bioengineering with an emphasis on Bioinformatics. His interests include gastrointestinal health and creating a platform for student-patient narratives in medical education. He is an active leader in the BUMC Pride organization for LGBTQ+ students and faculty.