Fourth Year Medical Students
MFA, Performing Arts, The New School University; BA, Communications, University of Michigan - Flint
As a Mentor for at-risk children, John organized and directed afterschool programs at three sites in Flint. His goal was to provide a safe learning and play environment where kids could develop respect for themselves and for others as well as build a sense of community togetherness. While attending grad school, John joined the Hunger elimination project and was part of an effort to feed people living in the tunnels of the New York subway system. He also worked as a professional ski instructor. John took part in the Great Wall of China Marathon, running on and along the Great Wall, in both China and Mongolia, which he says was an incredible experience. He enjoys rock climbing and traveling, and he is a huge Pearl Jam fan.
BS, Human Biology, Michigan State University
Sarah worked as an assistant in medical records and a medical assistant at Partners in Family Health. She volunteered at The Listening Ear, a local crisis center, for two years. For the past three years, Sarah worked as a clerical assistant for the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Statewide Campus Systems, where she helped organize educational conferences for osteopathic residents in Michigan. Sarah has two dwarf hamsters, Pudge and Marbles. She swam competitively for ten years, loves water sports, and wants to take up kite surfing. Sarah was president of the MSU Fencing Club for two years, and the women’s foil squad captain for three years. She loves reading, music, movies and playing the piano and viola. Sarah has traveled quite a bit and lived in Italy for three years as a child.
BA, Biology, Ave Maria University
Andrew worked as a research assistant on a study of reverse transcriptase inhibition assays. He developed and conducted his own research study to observe unhealthy lifestyles habits among middle school students. The data from this study was used to create a program that encourages healthy lifestyles, and was later incorporated into the school district core curriculum. Andrew presented the results of the study at the National Diabetes Education and Prevention Council in Atlanta. During college, he worked as a residence assistant and security officer. Andrew had the opportunity to do mission work in Juarez, Mexico that greatly influenced his decision to become a physician. He enjoys traveling, soccer, history, and politics.
Sorapat “Pat” Vijitakula
MPH, Epidemiology – University of Michigan; BA, Economics and BS, Physiology – University of Californian-Davis
Citrus Heights, CA
Pat served as an intern for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Zambia, studying HIV incidence among migrant and non-migrant farm workers. As a member of AmeriCorps, he worked as a home visitor for Birth and Beyond, an organization that works with families at risk for child abuse. During graduate school, Pat helped establish the first student government at the U of M School of Public Health. Between the first and second year of medical school he interned at the U.S. Navy Medical Research Unit-3 (NAMRU-3) in Cairo, Egypt and assisted in designing a research project examining social stigma for people in Egypt living with HIV. He is an only child and a first generation Thai-American. Pat enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and tennis and watching college football. He has been swing dancing since 1997, including performing at halftime of Sacramento Kings games. He currently volunteers at the Shelter House and is looking forward to learning more about the Midland community!