2023 Medical Student Fellows

Hector Gonzalez

Hector was raised in McFarland, CA, a small farming community nestled within the Central Valley. Prior to matriculating at Stanford Med, he spent most of his time in Southern California where he studied Public Health at USC. College football was definitely one of the highlights of his undergraduate experience, so it’s great that he gets to continue experiencing this sport alongside his medical education – he reps his USC jersey on Game Day in case you’re wondering! His curricular interests include health disparities, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Outside of the classroom, he like to play volleyball, walk his French Bulldog, and play guitar. He is very much looking forward to connecting with vulnerable patient populations throughout his time in this summer program.

 

Jared Yalung

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Jared is a first-generation Filipino American and proud to be a child of immigrants, the first in his family to attend college in the U.S., and the first in his family to become a physician. His undergraduate studies' focus on cura personalis, or care of the whole person, fueled his passion for health equity and social justice while studying nursing at the University of San Francisco. During college, he served at the student-run clinic, Mabuhay Health Center (MHC), to uplift the underserved Filipino community of SF. The consequences of health disparities seen at MHC were equally visible in the inpatient setting during his varied nursing experiences, inspiring him to pursue medicine and be better poised to optimize the health of vulnerable communities. During his post-baccalaureate program at Scripps College, Jared volunteered as an emergency medicine clinical research nurse, was awarded a Fulbright research award to the Philippines, and worked as a rapid response RN for a COVID-19 isolation unit run by the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He continues to work as a public health RN at Stanford. Jared loves to cook, travel, work out, listen to 80s music, and spend time with his dog and is honored to be a part of this EM fellowship program.

 

Cesar Martinez

Cesar grew up in Fontana, California as the oldest of 3 boys in a Mexican household. His interest in medicine was influenced largely by the struggles his family went through after they came to the US in search of stability. His family stressed the importance of education and he felt so thankful for the support he was given that he looked for ways to return it to other members of his community. Cesar went to UCLA for undergrad, where he volunteered with the Venice Family Clinic and underserved elementary schools within the LA area. After graduating college in 2019, he worked as a lab manager for a lung cancer research group during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seeing the effects of the pandemic on the Latinx community was what made him interested in exploring social determinants of health, leading him to join the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program (JMP) for medical school. Today, Cesar is interested in learning about medical education, substance use, care for people living with HIV, and space medicine. On my his free time, he enjoys weightlifting, baking, and listening to house music. 

 

Cecilia Hurtado 

Cecilia grew up in Ontario, California. A first-generation college graduate and Mexican-American, she is passionate about mentorship and community-building. At Williams College, she coordinated a service-focused orientation program, supported students through the Math and Science Resource Center, and organized to support immigrant students. Since graduating, she conducted research in cancer therapeutics and cardiac imaging modalities, completed the UCSF Postbaccalaureate Program in 2020, and worked with her community’s public health department to support Latinx and immigrant folks through COVID-19 outreach and relief efforts. Having witnessed her community and family’s distrust of the healthcare system, she is dedicated to partnering with and advocating alongside historically underserved patient communities to increase the accessibility of preventive care and novel therapies. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, and dancing.

 

André​ Ailoje

Born in Luanda, Angola, Andre spent his formative years in Beijing, China, and he continues to speak Mandarin to stay connected to Chinese culture. Andre has previously worked in pediatric clinical research as a Research Data Associate for NYU Medical, supporting The NYU Children's Health and Environment Study and World Trade Center Study. Andre graduated from City College of New York with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors and received his Master's Degree in Medical Health Sciences from Touro University. Andre is currently a medical student attending Touro University California. He is passionate about promoting a culture of compassion in the healthcare field. Andre's research interests also include addressing the various impediments to institutionalizing modern equitable healthcare. 

 

Maricarmen Marroquin

Maricarmen Marroquin likes to go by Mari, which sounds just like Mario but without the O. She comes from a family of 6, with 3 younger brothers all of whom she is pretty close to. She is married now and has a lovely husband and chihuahua which she adores. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Public Relations but decided to pivot a couple of years ago toward medicine. She is now a student at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley as a medical student. She loves her new educational career and could not think of anything else she would rather be doing. On her time off Maricarmen likes to take her chihuahua on walks, work out with friends, and watch dance videos.

 

Andrea Ramirez

Andrea Ramirez is a rising second-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, then immigrated to Northern California with her mother at the age of 10. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology from University of California, Santa Barbara and stayed in Santa Barbara for a year afterwards to gain clinical experience as a medical assistant. In that role, she noticed the strong influence of insurance status on patient care, and she became interested in the economics of healthcare. This led her to obtain a Master of Business and Science degree at Keck Graduate Institute before applying to medical school. Andrea is currently serving on the executive board of MSU CHM’s Latino Medical Student Association and First Generation in Medicine chapters. In her free time, she likes to watch sports, exercise, and try new types of food.

 

Coral Caceres

Coral is a first-generation medical student from New Jersey. Her passion for medicine began as a child while growing up in the Dominican Republic, where she was often exposed to the complexities of healthcare, illness, and accessibility. After graduating from Rutgers University-Newark amid the pandemic (2020), she worked as a Patient Care Technician in various departments, including the Emergency Room. Through this role, she acquired a solid foundation of clinical knowledge, although the highlight of her experience was the intimate patient-care interactions. The following year, she completed a master’s degree from Drexel’s Pathway to Medical School program (DPMS) and was accepted at Drexel University College of Medicine. As a current M1 (rising M2), Coral is a Teaching Assistant for the DPMS program—providing mentorship and academic support to the next generation. Additionally, she is the co-president of the Latino Medical Student Association chapter on her campus. Her goals lie in supporting the underserved Latinx populations in Philadelphia and advocating for representation and inclusion within the college of medicine. Furthermore, Coral is passionate about sexual and reproductive education. Regardless of which path in medicine she ultimately pursues, she dreams of being an educator amongst at-risk communities who lack the means of protection and education and need a trusting professional to confide in. Outside of medicine, Coral loves the summer, dancing, Reggaeton, and trying different restaurants!