Amira Nafiseh is a first-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine and plans to pursue a pediatric subspecialty, possibly oncology or critical care. In addition to patient care, she hopes to continue her involvement in public health and clinical research and assist in developing sustainable global health efforts.
Leah Genn grew up in Sarasota, Florida and graduated from Florida State University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology. She served as vice president and president of the Gamma Eta Chapter of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and was an active member of the Honors Medical Scholars Society, participating in service-learning trips to Ruskin, Florida, and Los Cedros, Nicaragua. Following graduation, Leah joined the Peace Corps and served for two years in Togo, West Africa, as a community health and malaria prevention volunteer. She helped build the capacity of community health workers to conduct behavior change negotiation and spearheaded a Respectful Maternity Care initiative at district-level health departments. She is currently a second-year medical student at the FSU College of Medicine and served as Vice President of her local AMWA chapter. Leah hopes to pursue a career in maternal health, with a focus on health disparities and infectious diseases.
Katie Hockensmith is a current third year osteopathic medical student at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University. She was raised in Southwest Missouri where she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drury University with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. Her interest in global health stems from her commitment to service, undoubtedly fostered growing up in a family with more than 150 years of service dedicated to healthcare. This interest was reaffirmed over 13 years of service to underserved communities, including during her two years spent providing osteopathic treatments to non-insured patients with musculoskeletal pain at a local student run clinic. Katie has an impressive record of student leadership and healthcare advocacy. Aligned with her interest in women’s health, Katie serves as student representative on the National Student Section of ACOOG and works to promote knowledge and excitement for a career in women’s health on her campus. Additionally, she is engaged in policy making and advocacy events through Student Government and the AOA with emphasis placed on wellness and speaking out on the stigma surrounding physician and medical student suicide. In effort to proactively prevent suicide, she established the first Wellness Committee on her campus and is currently heading an initiative to implement campus-wide peer-to-peer suicide prevention training. As a physician Katie aspires to incorporate policy making into clinical practice to ensure all women have access to high-quality health care, regionally and abroad.