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Reimagining Medicine

The 2018 inaugural class

2018 Class

Andy Chen

Andy Chen

I am a pre-health student from Munster, IN, majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Bioinformatics/Computational Biology. As an aspiring medical professional, I consider myself a passionate student of the natural sciences, but I also take great interest in the role of arts and humanities in medicine. Outside the classroom, I am involved in research concerning organic synthesis of bioactive molecules, and I am also a choreographer for Duke Chinese Dance.

Victoria Coaxum

Victoria Coaxum

I am a pre-medical student from Douglassville, PA, studying Neuroscience, with minors in Medical Sociology and Chemistry. Through past experience in health disparities research, I have seen the importance of effective communication and understanding the wide variety of factors that affect the patient as a whole. As a future physician, I aspire to combine my interests in science and service, as well as the humanities, in order to make a positive impact. I am excited to participate in Reimagining Medicine and gain a deeper understanding of the ways in which fields beyond the sciences play a role in medicine.

Akeim George

Akeim George

As someone who seeks to forge my own path rather than follow the status quo, I am quite excited to participate in the inaugural class of the Reimagining Medicine program. I am currently a junior from Nashville, TN, completing an interdepartmental major between Neuroscience and Music, with a goal of understanding how music can impact the brain in a variety of ways. I am also interested in learning about how health disparities can be eliminated through the work that I want to do in the future. I hope to be a doctor who has a strong grounding in the humane aspects of the profession; being a part of Reimagining Medicine is a great way to direct all of my experiences towards that goal.

Ashley Han

Ashley Han

I am from Chapel Hill, NC, and am pursuing a BS in Neuroscience, a minor in Education, and a certificate in Documentary Studies. I was drawn to this program because I really enjoy multidisciplinary projects and collaborations. Currently, I serve as the primary animator for Neuroplicity, an interdisciplinary research team sponsored by Bass Connections, to bring awareness to cutting edge neuroscience research at Duke University. Last semester, I studied abroad in Uganda, India, and Brazil to explore how social entrepreneurship and human-centered design can be incorporated into healthcare. I am excited to discuss and learn more about narrative medicine and medical humanities.

Jennifer Han

Jennifer Han

I am a rising junior from Indiana, PA, majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology. At Duke, I am involved in the Duke Symphony Orchestra, Duke Public Health Brigades, and Bass Connections. Since I began playing the violin in fourth grade, music has been a huge influence on my life, providing me inspiration, community with fellow musicians, and relaxation from the stresses of academics. After experiencing the healing effects of music myself, I became interested in music therapy and started a string quartet in high school that performed for nursing homes, our own non-certified form of music therapy, and I continued to pursue this interest by joining the Bass Connections team researching the effect of music therapy for children with autism. I am drawn to the Reimaging Medicine program because I hope to expand my knowledge of the multidisciplinary approaches to healthcare so that, in the future, I may be an empathetic physician who helps her patients by more than just medicine.

Joseph John

Joseph John

I am a sophomore undergraduate from Kinston, NC. I am pursuing a major in Biology and a minor Global Health, following a pre-medical track. I am interested in increasing the accessibility and affordability of healthcare, and I aspire to provide compassionate and empathic patient care as a future physician. On campus, I perform medical mycology research in the Perfect lab, serve with Duke’s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, mentor for the Research Scholars Program, and volunteer with Duke SPLASH. Through Reimagining Medicine, I hope to gain experience and develop skills that will be essential for practicing patient-centered healthcare in the future.

Irene Koc

Irene Koc

I am a second-year undergraduate student from Bridgewater, NJ, who is pursuing a BS in Neuroscience and a minor in Psychology. On campus, I am involved in biomedical engineering research and piano performance. As someone who has a long-time intimate relationship with the performing arts and a persistent passion for science, I am eager to learn how to apply art’s powerful expressive abilities to present medicine and healthcare narratives through performance. I am also excited to explore the philosophical and emotional foundations of becoming a caring physician through the Reimagining Medicine program. I believe that to become a great doctor, it is important to have both the scientific mastery to identify efficacious treatments and the emotional intelligence to understand the greater narrative of your patient. Being a doctor means not considering patients as mere physiological predicaments to problem-solve, but to also treat them as humans holding unique narratives that intertwine with the lives of many others. In the future, I hope to become a pediatric specialist.

Jepchumba Koech

Jepchumba (Chumba) Koech

I’m a second-year student from Springfield, MO, studying biology. I am interested in pursuing a career in medicine and research. Currently, I am working in the research lab of David D’Alessio, MD, studying alpha and beta cell communication as it relates to the role of glucagon in insulin secretion in type-2 diabetic individuals. Through this research, I have quickly learned that type-2 diabetes, like many diseases is multi-facetted, requiring multiple perspectives and individuals to address the issue. I believe that participating in Reimagining Medicine will help me to cultivate the skills necessary to address my research interests and practice medicine effectively.

Leah Rosen

Leah Rosen

I am a pre-med undergraduate from Denver, CO. Through Duke’s Program 2, I have designed an interdisciplinary major titled “Illness & Identity” that addresses the reciprocity between a patient’s biological, social, and cultural traits and his or her vulnerability and response to illness. My curriculum bridges the arts and sciences in an effort to understand the many dimensions of the human condition—namely, body, behavior, beliefs, and expression—and ultimately channel that understanding towards the practice of patient-centered health care. Along with my studies, I am a research assistant in the Franklin Institute Health Humanities Lab and Duke Eating Disorder Research Lab. My current research projects investigate the role of identity construction in the development, recovery, and relapse of mental health disorders. The mission which unites my studies, research, and participation in Reimagining Medicine is to foster empathy in medical practice—an undertaking that demands treating a patient as a person first.

Michael Shu

Michael Shu

I am a sophomore from Mason, OH, studying Biology and Computer Science. What drew me to these two majors is what drew me to Reimagining Medicine: their interdisciplinary nature. In the future, I hope to solve problems in the biology field by applying computer science skills and perspectives. Similarly, Reimagining Medicine seeks to introduce us to the application of non-science disciplines into the practice of medicine. As I volunteer in the Duke University Hospital and increase my exposure to medicine, I’ve begun to think about what makes a good doctor, and I believe it extends far beyond just technical skill and intelligence. As an aspiring physician, I hope to continue exploring this through Reimagining Medicine.

Ali Sloan

Ali Sloan

I am an undergraduate student from Boston, MA, pursuing a major in Neuroscience and a career in medicine. My interest in medicine was inspired by a desire to understand psychopathology to better aid and support those around me affected by mental illness. However, the exposure to the impact and prevalence of gender violence on college campuses that I gained throughout my first year at Duke shaped my passion to involve both mental health and gender violence advocacy. I intend to practice a career in emergency medicine, specializing within these areas of interest, which has been encouraged by my ongoing volunteering in the Emergency Department of Duke University Hospital. Ultimately, my decision to enter the field of medicine stems from a desire to help those around me, both by providing medical care and emotional support, and I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to begin developing the skills necessary to be a successful and compassionate patient care provider through the Reimagining Medicine program.

Yuxuan Wang

Yuxuan (Jack) Wang

Born in Shanghai, China, and raised in Atlanta, GA, I am an aspiring health professional who seeks to pursue my purpose by providing service and making a contribution to society. My passion and dedication to medicine stems from health care’s purpose of advancing scientific progress and making a difference in people’s lives. I am currently conducting research in infectious disease and emergency medicine and volunteering at the Duke Cancer Center. I hope Reimagining Medicine will further challenge me to explore the relationship between medical science and society. Looking forward to developing the necessary characters and philosophical foundation to practice medicine, I am elated to be a member of the inaugural class of the Reimagining Medicine program.

Matthew Wisner

Matthew Wisner

I’m currently a second-year undergraduate student originally from Carlisle, PA, majoring in Public Policy. I’m interested in the intersection between policy and medicine, specifically pertaining to mental health. I plan to pursue a career in medicine, hoping to contribute to a grassroots cultural shift in how we treat mental health on the clinical level, but I want to help enact policy change in the American healthcare system to advocate for mental health, as well. I’m interested in conducting research both on the policy side of mental health and in a more traditional science laboratory, hopefully approaching topics like how addiction and depression affect the human body. I’m incredibly excited to be a part of Reimagining Medicine and to continue exploring medicine holistically.

Helena Wu

Helena Wu

I’m a sophomore in Trinity, with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Philosophy. In my time at Duke, I’ve followed a pre-health curriculum which has exposed me to the humanistic side of medicine: how psychosocial factors exert far more influence in disease etiology and outcome than many people give them credit for. After taking classes on medical sociology and narrative medicine, I am intrigued by the growing schools of thought which embrace the physician’s role as empathetic storytellers, artists, and narrators. I am incredibly excited to take part in Reimagining Medicine and develop the creative, emotional, and relational skills that doctors of the future will thrive on.