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Graduate Class of 2011

Negin Agange »
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Negin Agange, MD
Ophthalmology, University of Texas San Antonio
MBA, UC Irvine
Biochemistry, UC San Diego
Home Town: Torrance, CA

Elysia Alvarez »
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Elysia Alvarez, MD
Pediatrics, Stanford University Progs, CA
MPH, Harvard University
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Clark University
Home Town: Fremont, CA

Marco Angulo »
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Marco Angulo, MD
Family Medicine, UC Irvive Medical Center, CA
MA, UC Irvine
Chicano Studies, UC Berkeley
Home Town: Montebello, CA

"Marco was born in East Los Angeles and raised in Southern California. Barely graduating from high school, he pursued a music career as a lead guitarist for a rock band. At the age of 26 he enrolled back in school at East Los Angeles College where he was an active member in the Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM) and Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA). He then transferred to UC Berkeley in 1999 to pursue a BA in Chicano Studies (2002) as well as continuing an interest in Latino health and medicine. While an undergraduate at Berkeley, he served as Co-Chair for Chicanos/Latinos in Health Education (CHE) and was an active member of the Biology Scholars Program (BSP).

After graduating, Marco worked 4 years in the Biology Scholars Program and co-developed the Pre-Health Pathway component in BSP to increase the number of undergraduate students serving the underserved communities as future professionals. He is now finishing medical school at the University of California Irvine in a program dedicated in serving the Latino community called the PRIME-LC. He is currently the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) co-chair. "

Andy Eads »
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Andy Eads, MD
Emergency Medicine, USC
Fellowship, TCE
MPH, Epidemiology, UCLA
Chemistry, UC Berkeley
Home Town: Lake Forest, CA

"Being a part of PRIME-LC allows me to create the sort of career in medicine I always dreamed of, one that is devoted to service in communities where the need is greatest. The program gives us a forum to discuss, debate and expand our understanding of health, disease and the economic and social structural factors that affect the health of underserved Latino communities.

The greatest strength of the PRIME-LC program are the people. You'll never find a group of more humanistic, creative and service-minded students and faculty anywhere in the country. My classmates continually inspire and humble me with their talents and their capacity for compassion. Once I am done here, I am confident that I will be ready to, along with my classmates, blaze a new trail in medicine based on solidarity and service that improves health, not just through medical intervention but by building community and empowering patients."

JB Fenix »
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JB Fenix, MD
Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, DC
Fellowship CaHPSA
MPH, Yale University
Anthropology: University of Notre Dame
Home Town: San Luis Obispo, CA

"While most doctors are trained to look only at the biomedical problems facing their patients, as PRIME-LC students we will be trained to consider both the biomedical and the sociopolitical-economic problems of our patients and their communities. We might not be able to change the entire system, but together and over time we may be able to significantly change communities and larger parts of the system."

Adam Francis »
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Adam Francis, MD
Family Medicine, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa, CA
MHA, University of Michigan
Public Policy, Duke University
Home Town; Albuquerque, NM

"Being a part of PRIME-LC allows me to create the sort of career in medicine I always dreamed of, one that is devoted to service in communities where the need is greatest. The program gives us a forum to discuss, debate and expand our understanding of health, disease and the economic and social structural factors that effect the health of underserved Latino communities.

The greatest strength of the PRIME-LC program are the people. You'll never find a group of more humanistic, creative and service-minded students and faculty anywhere in the country. My classmates continually inspire and humble me with their talents and their capacity for compassion. Once I am done here, I am confident that I will be ready to, along with my classmates, blaze a new trail in medicine based on solidarity and service that improves health, not just through medical intervention but by building community and empowering patients."

Jamie McGuire »
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Jamie McGuire, MD
OB/Gyn, UCLA Mediacl Center, CA
MPH, University of Michigan
Microbiology & Bacteriology, UCLA
Home Town: Oakland, CA

Christina Penfield »
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Christina Penfield, MD
OB/Gyn, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, CA
MPH, UC Berkeley
Chemical Biology and Spanish Literature, UC Berkeley
Home Town: San Diego, CA

"The PRIME-LC program appealed to me because it looks beyond biology to understand the complex environment surrounding our patients.  We learn how these external forces influence health and then work together to develop solutions that address our patient's needs.  I can't imagine learning medicine any other way. "

Jose Pio »
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Jose Pio, MD
Family Medicine
MPH, California State University, Long Beach
Biology & Social Science, UC Irvine
Home Town: Anaheim, CA

"One of the main reasons that I chose the PRIME-LC program is because I knew that this program would enable me to become more than just a doctor but would also train me to become a leader within my community. I knew that by being in the PRIME-LC program I would be around a diverse group of highly talented individuals who I could collaborate with in search of the same great goal which is to be an advocate for the underserved Latino community and provide a voice for change in the fight for a more just and equitable healthcare system in America."

Pedro Salcido »
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Pedro Salcido, MD
Emergency Medicine, Case Western University Hospital, Case Medical Center, OH
MBA, UC Irvine
Psychobiology, UCLA
Home Town: Anaheim, CA

"I chose the PRIME-LC program because I want to help the underserved Latino community. There is a problem with the healthcare that is administered to these underserved communities and with the help of PRIME-LC we will be able to better bridge this discrepancy."

Jesus Ulloa »
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Jesus Ulloa, MD
General Surgery, UC San Francisco, CA
MBA, UC Irvine
Chemistry, UC Davis
Home Town: Yuba City, CA

"I choose the PRIME-LC program at UCI because I knew that there I would find a strong network of students all working toward a common goal of social equality and dignity, not only for Latinos but for all marginalized people whose voice is silenced by those more powerful than them."

Lauren Nicole Ross »
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Lauren Nicole Ross, MD
Masters, University of Pittsburg
Nutrition, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
Home Town: Arroyo Grande, CA

"My name is Lauren Ross, I am a Central California native, and Cal Poly SLO graduate in the area of nutrition. I am deeply engaged in the understanding of health, especially from a preventative health and lifestyle standpoint. I chose PRIME-LC for its broad assessment of well-being in terms of social structures and our culture of medicine. I find that this approach a vital aspect to understanding and ameliorating our overly naturalistic healthcare system."