Syeda Akila Ally
Student Division Treasurer-Elect
S. Akila Ali is a 3rd-year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, she moved to the U.S. to attend college at The University of Chicago. After graduating with a degree in Biology, she worked in Chicago’s public health agency for 3 years, where, she partnered closely with persons with disabilities and individuals returning from incarceration. “Nothing About Us, Without Us” – she learned from her community partners – and it galvanized her to pursue medicine and transform the current healthcare system.
During her time at UIC, Akila has served as a member of the Student Curricular Board, the CCo-Chair of the Student Wellness Committee, and the Treasurer of the University Student Medical Council. She also serves as the VP of Education on the national Global Surgical Student Alliance and serves on the Diversity team of APAMSA national. As a first-generation immigrant who learned English as a teenager, Akila’s biggest passion is mentoring. She continues to mentor young women in Bangladesh, first-gen immigrant students at UChicago, and through AMWA.
Rooted in the community, Akila has worked with MedGlobal, Chicago Public Schools, and UChicago’s Program on Medicine and Religion to conduct health education and interventions in refugee camps in Bangladesh, mosques, and churches in Chicago, and disadvantaged schools in Dhaka and Chicago. Her experience in combatting health injustices also sustains her passion to advocate for herself and other women of color pursuing surgery.
Outside of her professional life, you can find her supporting local music artists, or perusing independent bookstores as she tries to reach her goal of reading 1000 books.