Sunday, October 14, 2018

Steering Committee Member of the Week: Stephanie Diu 

Another week and another SComm appreciation post! Lets meet Stephanie Diu! Stephanie is a first year medical student and part of the Pharmacy committee. She was an absolute champion for running the pharmacy department on her own this past Thursday on one of the busiest nights at clinic! If you ever find yourself in deep water 🐟, Steph is the one have by your side!  

1. What drove you to be involved with Pharmacy at Promise Clinic?

During my gap years, I worked at a law firm where I did medical research for lawyers defending pharmaceutical companies. I learned a lot about medicine from a pharmaceutical industry perspective and how complicated it can be to choose the right medicines for each patient. So, I felt that PC Pharmacy would be another cool lens into learning about how patients can incorporate drugs into healthier lifestyles, and what barriers there can be in terms of getting access to medicine.

2. Are you a dog or cat person?

I'm a fish person! In college, I was torn between going into medicine and pursuing a PhD in marine biology. If you ever bump into me and want to know fun facts about octopuses or killer whales or the deep sea, let me know!

3. If you could pick a TV show to be your life, what show would it be?

Queer Eye!! It would be so wonderful if I could be part of a group of woke, knowledgeable, kind people and all we do is go around and make people’s lives better, breaking down stereotypes and communication barriers, just spreading goodness out into the world. If y’all don’t know what I’m talking about, look up Queer Eye on Netflix and keep tissues nearby!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Steering Committee Member of the Week: Ila Nimgaonkar 

Hi all! This week's post will be appreciating one of our wonderful steering committee members, Ila Nimgaonkar! Ila is an MD/PhD student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and also one of the directors of Promise Clinic. Just like her favorite superhero, Katara, she is compassionate, strong-willed, and committed to any endeavor she takes up, whether it be subbing in for lab on a busy night at clinic or organizing a gala for Promise Clinic's 13th anniversary (shameless plug 😂)! 

1.What is your favorite thing about Promise Clinic?

Impossible to pick one, so here are a few:
- giving back to the community that houses our medical school by serving as a medical safety net for those without health insurance
- the power we have to drive change through student-led initiatives 
- the dedicated and passionate students and faculty I have the privilege of working with

2. If you could be any superhero, who would you be and why?

Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender. She's unwilling to compromise her principles and deeply kind, plus she can bend water and heal people!

3. What are you reading right now?

Working on the Dune science fiction good!