Fourth year medical student Enid Picart, who is part of the San Joaquin Valley PRIME program at UCSF Fresno, has been invited to attend the State of the Union presidential address in Washington DC tomorrow evening! “It’s a wonderful honor to be represent the communities of the Central Valley,” she said. “Hopefully I will have an opportunity to express the health care needs of the valley and California.” Picart, whose mother is from Guatemala and father from is Puerto Rico, grew up in Modesto and aspires to work in the valley to improve health disparities and be a community advocate.
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Tickets are still available for this Saturday’s Wine Tasting Benefit & Auction in support of the UC Davis Affiliated Student-Run Clinics. The annual gala begins at 5:30 p.m. and is hosted by medical/PA/NP students. All proceeds help to provide free culturally competent health services to hundreds of underserved and uninsured patients in Sacramento. The evening's activities at Betty Irene Moore Hall include: wine tasting, appetizers, musical performances by students, activities such as Tarot card reading, and live and silent auctions. Tickets can be purchased at: www.ucdwineauction.com
When Manny Fierro was in high school, he lacked mentors to help him explore career possibilities, which he notes is common among many students like himself – children of immigrants who don’t know “how to navigate the system.” Now, as a MS1, Manny has started a mentoring program for students at Cordova High School in Rancho Cordova and invited 20 School of Medicine classmates to join him. The feedback was tremendous from the high school’s college counselor, parents and students. “The high school students felt represented by those on the stage and the other med students in the audience,” Manny says. Manny’s own mentor, Dr. Jorge Garcia, said “Manny’s vision for establishing long-term mentoring relationships between students will almost certainly yield great benefits for our health professions workforce and, ultimately, for our region.