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!

 

2022 Medical Student Fellows

Julianna Lebron-Echandy

Julianna is joining our program from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. During her early childhood, she grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to MD along with her parents and younger sister. She graduated from Northeastern University in 2019 with a major in Behavioral Neuroscience. During her time at Northeastern she worked in the Emergency Department, as a technician, which motivated her to pursue a career in medicine. Her passion for community health started by volunteering with the organization Global Brigades, a non-profit organization aimed at partnering with under resourced communities to help them become self-sustainable. As a physician, Julianna hopes to care for marginalized communities and those afflicted by disasters. Julianna enjoys spending time with friends, working out, and dancing salsa!

 

Jazmine Noles

Jazmine was born and raised in Detroit, MI; a city constantly recovering from one tragedy to another. It was her environment around her that sparked a constant sense of urgency to be a part of a solution to at least one of the worlds many obstacles. Jazmine attended Michigan State University (MSU) where she obtained a B.S in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience. She also served as the President of the student organization, Black Women’s Leadership Committee. In her role, she was able to help promote the unity of the minority, woman-identifying individuals from prospective students, current students, to faculty and staff. Jazmine is now a first year at MSU’s college of Osteopathic medicine. There she is involved with the Michigan Osteopathic Association as a Political Action Committee liaison as well as a past President for the Student National Medical Association. Promoting diversity, equity and inclusion along her medical school journey has always been an additional bonus as she strides towards being one step closer to her life’s dream. Jazmine will become an Emergency Medicine physician by training but eventually will have her own clinic where she believes she can help minimize the health disparities seen predominantly by minorities by creating a clinic curated for them. In her free time she loves spend time with her family. Outside of family time, she lets her artistic juices flow in the world of makeup or pretend to be in a cooking battle with the Gordon Ramsay.

 

Leonardo García Martínez

Leo Garcia (he/him/his) is a first-year medical student at UCSF. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in Houston, TX. Leo studied Sociology with a Secondary in Chemistry at Harvard University. His deep commitment to tearing down healthcare barriers, immigration advocacy, and anti-oppressive work draws him to Emergency Medicine and this summer opportunity.  Commitments at UCSF include serving as the coordinator for the UCSF Human Rights Collaborative Pediatric Clinic, a team member at the Acute Care Innovation Center, a member of the Anti-Oppressive Curriculum Student Collaborative, a lead coordinator for the Medical Spanish Lunch Talks elective, and Clínica Martín-Baro volunteer. He is honored and excited to be a part of this cohort and work on a project dedicated to better referring patients to outside resources to address social determinants of health.

 

Jeremiah Douchee

Jeremiah Douchee is a rising second-year medical student at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Born and raised on Chicago’s Southside, “JD” credits his passion for community-centered care to the people centered values instilled in his childhood. He took these lessons to Dartmouth College, where he majored in Black Studies, participated in the Afro-American Society, and captained the varsity football team. Since completing his undergraduate studies, Jeremiah returned to his hometown where he served as an EMT-B. While there, he completed a postbaccalaureate program at Northwestern University and supported mutual aid efforts in his community. JD is excited to build on his experiences in community care and learn more about how ED physicians can disrupt systemic forms of oppression that harm underserved populations. This summer, he and his peers at the Columbia Chapter of White Coats for Black Lives are developing curriculum that will formally include caring for patients involved in the carceral state. Aside from medicine, Jeremiah loves watching movies with friends, spending time with family, reading, and being a new plant dad.
 

Héctor Martínez

Hector Martinez was born in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and moved with his immediate family to Calexico, CA at the age of 13. He majored in Industrial Engineering at Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior and worked in the engineering field for 2 years. His journey in the medical field began in 2016 when he became an elected official in Calexico, CA. Hector spent 5 years as a Board Director of Heffernan Memorial Healthcare District serving his community. Within those 5 years, he spent the last 3 as a Scribe and Spanish Translator in the Emergency Department of El Centro Regional Medical Center. During this time, he completed a Post Baccalaureate Premedical Program at UC San Diego. He is currently Co-President of Emergency Medicine Interest Group and a T.A. of Medical Spanish at Western University of Health Sciences. He is currently researching with a team of physicians from UCSD and ECRMC the effectiveness of Monoclonal Antibody (Sotrovimab) treatment for patients infected with COVID-19. Additionally, Hector will be the first physician in his big family. He hopes to set a good example to young adults of Latino backgrounds and get them interested in becoming physicians. Hector enjoys weightlifting, playing basketball, and loves seafood and traveling to different beaches in Mexico.