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From our 2017-2018 Closing Ceremony - our Challenge Speaker Tawana Coates. Scroll down to see this Saturday Academy Alumni and Wyandotte High School Graduates accomplishments.....

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University of Kansas School of Medicine (SOM), Kansas City, KS

·         Doctor of Medicine, Expected May 2018, Cumulative GPA 3.31

University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS

·         Master of Public Health, May 2016, Cumulative GPA 4.00

University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, KS

·         Bachelor of Science, Biology and Mathematics, May 2013, Cumulative GPA 3.99


·         AED and CPR Training, University of Kansas SOM (Oct. 2013, 2015, 2016)

·         Certified Nursing Assistant, Kansas City Kansas Community College (Dec. 2008)


·         Member of Gold Humanism Honor Society 2017

·         Dr. Patricia Thomas, M.D. Rise Up Award 2017

·         Analee Beisecker, University of KS SOM Public Health Excellence Student Award 2016 

·         Excellence in Public Health Award from U.S. Public Health Service Physician Advisory Committee 2016

·         Urban Youth Development Basketball Life Skills Clinic Appreciation Award 2015

·         Carol Marinovich Award for Outstanding Community Service, as executive member of Student National Medical Association 2015

·         Overcoming Adversity Award, University of Kansas School of Medicine 2014

·         All University Honors & Honors in Mathematics-University of Saint Mary 2013

·         Member of Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society 2013

·         Member of Kappa Gamma Pi National Honor Society 2013

·         Member of Who’s Who Among Students Honor Society 2013


Student Physician: JayDoc Free Clinic (July 2013-Present)                                                                                                                                            

·         Volunteer at clinic run by first- and second-year medical students under supervision of community physicians.

Mentor: University of Kansas School of Medicine Mentoring Advocacy and Peer Support

(MAPS) Program (Sept. 2014-Present)

·         Advise and support undergrad students interested in medicine.

Mentor: University of Kansas SOM High School Scholars Program (Aug. 2013-Aug. 2016)

·         Coach and support a JC Harmon High School student interested in medicine.

Student Physician/Volunteer: Community House of Wellness (July 2011-July 2016)

·         Took vital signs, medical histories, and completed physical exams.

Student Physician Volunteer: American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance

(AIHREA) Annual Health and Wellness Pow wow (May 2016; May 2014)

·          Volunteered to complete health screenings and physicals.

Student Physician: SNMA Hepatitis C Clinic (Oct. 2014-Aug. 2015)

·         SNMA executive board members collaborated with community physicians (GCKMS) to provide free HCV screening at the Southwest Boulevard Family Health Clinic, and to implement free or reduced cost options for HCV treatment.

Student Physician Volunteer: Wyandotte County Health Fair (Aug. 2015, 2014, 2013)                                                                                                                      

·         Completed physicals and immunizations for children ages 4 to 17.

Student Physician Volunteer: Nicodemus Project (July 2014; July 2015)

·         Volunteered to complete free health screenings and physicals for residents in Nicodemus, Kansas, which is the first small rural town established by African Americans in KS.

Student Facilitator: University of Kansas SOM Pre-Matriculation Program (May 2014-

July 2014)

·         Taught and tutored first-year medical students to prepare for transition into medicine.

Program Participant: University of Kansas SOM Pre-matriculation (May 2013-July 2013)

·         Attended lectures, workshops, and completed mock exams to prepare for first-year of medicine.

Program Participant: University of Kansas Medical Center Pre- Admissions (May 2012-

July 2012) 

·         Assisted students preparing for medical school and MCAT.


Public Health Intern: Wyandotte County Health Department (Dec. 2015-May 2016)

·         Worked as a member of the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) Case Review Team (CRT) and Community Action Team (CAT).

·         Wrote letters to Kansas Department of Health and Environment Medicaid Committee to bring awareness to underserved pregnant women not receiving prenatal care in timely fashion due to loss of Medicaid applications and loss of coverage.

·         Reviewed all infant mortality cases in Wyandotte County over the past 5 years, performed a data analysis, and developed recommendations for the FIMR CAT based on the data analysis.

·         Completed PP presentation and presented data brief/analysis findings to FIMR CRT.

Certified Nurse Assistant: Sunrise Senior Living, Brighton Gardens (June 2009-Dec.2012)           

·         Worked with residents in Alzheimer’s and Memory Care Unit and in Assisted Living.


Evans, T, Ramaswamy, M, Satterwhite, CL. Availability of long-acting reversible contraception  

in Kansas health departments. Journal of Rural Health. 2017

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