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Florence (Flo) Doo is a physician innovator (in training), translating research ideas into clinical patient benefit. Currently, she is interested in the intersection of science/medicine, business/entrepreneurship, and education. As an undergraduate, Flo built an eye-tracker device to conduct research on visual distraction. In her first year of medical school, Flo won the 2014 MedTech Boston Google Glass Challenge, and founded Surgerati, a startup based on her concept. She also was one of 12 winners of the 2014 AAMC-Khan Academy-Robert Wood Johnson Foundation MCAT Video Competition. She has been elected to serve on numerous national medical organizations, including: National Gender and Sexuality Chair of AMSA, National Gender Equity Task Force Student Co-Chair of AMWA, and a National OSR for the AAMC. She is a co-author on the inaugural Equal Curriculum textbook, a novel student-driven textbook on LGBT health for health professions students and educators, and other posters and publications in translational medicine and medical education. She enjoys brainstorming on new medical innovations and initiatives, and meeting other medical students and physicians who share the same passion. Flo received her MD from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, a BA in Neuroscience from Wellesley College, and an MA in Medical Sciences from Boston University. She is currently pursuing residency training at Yale-Waterbury (Preliminary-Medicine) and Mt.Sinai-West (Diagnostic Radiology).
Vidya Viswanathan is the founder and president of Doctors Who Create (www.doctorswhocreate.com), which promotes a culture of creativity in medicine. She is a fourth-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) applying into pediatrics, and is the 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence for the American Medical Women's Association. She enjoys writing about medicine and innovation, and has published her writing in The Atlantic, MedTech Boston, Academic Medicine, and The Establishment. She has presented on creativity in medicine at the conferences Stanford MedX, AMSA National, and the Hippocrates Poetry Symposium. Vidya graduated from Harvard College in 2011 with a degree in Social Studies and citation in Mandarin Chinese, and spent a year in Taiwan after graduation teaching English on a Fulbright fellowship. She did her post-bacc pre-med classes at the Harvard Extension School.
Tania is in her fourth year at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. She is interested in pursuing cardiology and enhancing/improving patient interactions. Additionally, Tania is president of the International Medicine Student Organization/D.O. Cares at Touro and looks forward to planning medical trips abroad and working with the numerous international communities in Harlem to improve their accessibility to healthcare. Currently, Tania volunteers at a nearby food pantry and serves as a mentor for high school students interested in medicine. She spends her free time watching Netflix and attempting to decipher the NYC subway system. After graduating in 2018, Tania plans on pursuing an internal medicine residency with a concentration in invasive cardiology. She looks forward to working in underserved urban areas and abroad, if possible. Tania would love to communicate regarding any medical issue, specifically concerning addressing the medical needs of urban communities, current legislation regarding residency spots, and finding the perfect slice of pizza.
My name is Ajay Major, and I am currently a fellow in adult hematology and oncology at the University of Chicago. I am a Class of 2016 graduate of Albany Medical College and finished my residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado in 2019.
My journey into narrative medicine and publishing began in April 2012 when I founded in-Training, the online peer-reviewed publication for medical students, and served as editor-in-chief for four years. I also founded in-House, the online peer-reviewed publication for residents and fellows, and currently serve as editor-in-chief since 2016.
To support these publications, I founded Pager Publications, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit literary corporation that curates and supports peer-edited publications for the medical education community, in 2014. We currently provide administrative and financial support for six publications: in-Training, in-House, The Palate, North Wing Magazine, Mosaic in Medicine, and Intervene Upstream.
Since our inception, Pager Publications, Inc. has published four books, most recently Salve: Words For The Journey, a compilation of poetry, prose, and journaling prompts written by psychiatrist and author Monisha Vasa, MD.
I am also a lover of all things science fiction and fantasy (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is my favorite -- apologies to all you Picard fans), and I play classical piano, clarinet, and the tenor saxophone.