Homes Director (homes.director@gmail.com)

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Erica Smith - UTH

I am a fourth year medical student at McGovern Medical School. HOMES Clinic empowers students to begin doing what we cannot wait to do—care for patients. Volunteering at HOMES Clinic is a rewarding and inspirational opportunity to work alongside other students to help patients in need. My experiences at the clinic have provided me with a unique insight into homelessness and a determination to serve. In addition to volunteering, I enjoy running, watching sports, and hanging out with friends.

 

Associate Directors of Operations (homes.web@gmail.com)

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Liang Gu - UTH

Hi, I am Liang Gu and am currently a third year student at McGovern Medical School. I took a year off before medical school to serve with AmeriCorps, and helped to improve housing conditions for the underserved populations of Houston. I wanted to continue helping the underserved while in medical school, and discovered HOMES clinic during the student activity fair. I was immediately interested, as the clinic provided not only a service that would benefit both the students and the patients, but also allowed students from different schools and career tracks to work together. I served as the Associate Director of Projects previously and had a great experience, and am looking forward to continuing my involvement at HOMES as the Associate Director of Operations!

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Sid Venkataraman - UTH

My name is Sid Venkataraman and I am a third-year medical student at UT Houston. HOMES allows students to give back to the community by providing free healthcare to an underserved population, while practicing their clinical skills. I distinctly remember the very first patient who I saw at HOMES clinic. Hearing her inspiring life stories and how grateful she was that we were able to provide her medical care inspired me to become more involved with HOMES. After that experience, I began going to the HOMES lecture series, where I got a better understanding of what it is like to be homeless and the needs of the homeless community. As the UTH representative, I hope to get as many incoming medical students involved with HOMES as possible and introduce them to wonderful speakers who can provide insight as to how we can help Houston’s homeless.

 

Associate Directors of Managers (homes.manage@gmail.com)

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Harish Eswaran - BCM

Hello, I’m Harish Eswaran and I’m a third year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. I grew up in Houston and graduated from Duke University. I was drawn to HOMES early in med school because of its emphasis on sustainability—the consistent, weekly commitment to serving our most vulnerable Houstonians and, in particular, the ability to link people who might have never had a primary care doctor with a Gold Card and access to healthcare beyond their clinic visit. In addition to volunteering at HOMES, in my free time I’m a college basketball fan and play violin with the Texas Medical Center Orchestra.

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Tianlin (Linlin) Sun - UTH

I am a third year at UTH who had been a part of HOMES since my first year. I absolutely love the people at HOMES: doctors, students, managers-in-training, patients, and the various people who drop in to come and say hi. I am grateful for the opportunity to interact with such an amazing population, learn about their lives while helping them to the best of my ability, and polishing my social and clinical skills. I hope to share my fondness for HOMES to others and when I'm not studying/learning, I'm cooking or binging on TV shows that I've missed.

 

Associate Directors of Projects

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Elizabeth Anderson - BCM

My name is Lizzy Anderson and I am a third year medical student at BCM. I am from Fort Worth, Texas and I graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina. Volunteering at HOMES clinic is one of my favorite activities in medical school because it has led me to grow as a student and a person. Not only do I get to hone my clinical skills, but I also get to listen to patients' journeys and life stories. Every week I attend, my eyes are opened to the unique needs of the homeless community. HOMES is a special organization, and I am thankful to take a part in it. Outside of medical school, I enjoy playing softball, crocheting, and playing with my dog Millie.

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Anish Patnaik - UTH

My name is Anish Patnaik and I am a second-year medical student at the UTHealth McGovern Medical School. My experiences at the HOMES Clinic has not only humbled me, but shown what quality care and compassion look like. My interactions with this patient population remind me why it is a privilege to be in the medical profession and I'm grateful for every opportunity I have to learn and grow from the Sundays I spend here. I'm excited to try and improve care for the underserved in whatever way possible. In addition to volunteering, I enjoy playing basketball, running, playing the guitar and piano, as well as photography and hiking.

 

Associate Directors of External Communications (homes.communication@gmail.com)

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Hannah Triño - UTH

My name is Hannah Triño and I am one of the associate directors of operations. HOMES is an honest look into the daily life of Houston’s homeless population. Between conversations at the Beacon and visits at the clinic, I am reminded that circumstances do not discriminate between those with resources and those without. Working with other students from different disciplines of health reinforces what was learned in the classroom and provides care for those who sincerely need it. I look forward to serving with everyone at HOMES this year. In my spare time, I can be found in Chinatown trying out new restaurants and teahouses.

 

Ealing Tuan - BCM

I'm a second-year student at Baylor College of Medicine. I graduated from the University of Houston in Winter 2015. One summer day in undergrad, I found myself face-to-face with a homeless person in a hospital for the first time; processing this encounter helped me solidify my motivations to practice medicine. Before medical school, I was already volunteering with Houston Healthcare for the Homeless, and so I jumped at the opportunity to volunteer at HOMES clinic. As an associate director of external communications, I hope this year to facilitate the goings-on at HOMES and to help students find meaning in their volunteer experiences!

 

Baylor College of Medicine Student Representatives

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Sricharan Gopakumar

Hi I'm Sri, and I'm a 2nd year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, which has two cities in the top 10 for rates of homelessness, I have been passionate about serving and working with the homeless for quite some time now. By introducing medical student volunteers to a unique patient population, the HOMES clinic offers profound insight into the broad range of human experience. The people we serve at the HOMES clinic and their narratives should challenge our preconceived notions of the homeless, call us to serve with compassion, remind us of the importance of social determinants of health, and rethink how we organize our society.

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Sarah McGriff

Hi, I am Sarah McGriff, and I am a 2nd year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. Ever since my medical school interview, I have wanted to get involved with HOMES. My host student spoke so highly of her experiences with both the clinic and street outreach teams that HOMES became the one activity I knew I absolutely had to participate in when I came to medical school. Now having volunteered myself, I am even more grateful to have had the opportunity to meet our patients and hear their stories. Volunteering at HOMES has been the highlight of my medical school career thus far. As a representative for my school, I hope to raise awareness about the unique health care needs of Houston’s homeless community and the different ways for students to volunteer with HOMES.

 

McGovern Medical School (UTHSC Houston) Student Representatives

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Jennifer Bush

My name is Jennifer Bush and I am a 2nd year medical student at McGovern Medical School and I will be the McGovern HOMES Representative for 2017-2018. I have been involved with the HOMES Clinic and Street Outreach since beginning medical school and am excited to be a part of the leadership board this year! Studying global health in college taught me that the concept of "global health" can be expanded to any aspect of community-based medicine, both in the United States and abroad. I am interested in learning more about the homeless community in Houston, and how I, as a future physician, can positively impact the vulnerable populations of Houston. Since volunteering, I have been able to learn first-hand how the social and community environment impact the health of individuals. I hope to carry this knowledge and my future experiences at HOMES and Street Outreach with me as I embark on my clinical career.

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Ryan Kim

Hi, everyone! I am a rising second year medical student at UT McGovern Medical School. I received my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rice University. I have always been interested in helping underserved populations and once volunteered as a mentor for high school refugee students in Houston. I was enamored with HOMES  Clinic because of its unique commitment to a large number of homeless patients in Houston. I find this a very rewarding and inspirational opportunity and am excited to get further involved in HOMES as UT McGovern's representative! Outside school/studying, I enjoy spending time with my family and watching European soccer.

 

University of Houston College of Pharmacy Student Representatives

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Stephanie Crowley - Senior Representative

My name is Stephanie Crowley and I am a third-year Pharm.D. student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy (UHCOP). I have the privilege of serving as this year’s UHCOP HOMES Senior Representative. I take this role very personally. I lost a family member to homelessness and mental illness and because of this I am committed to helping in every way I can. Volunteering at HOMES Clinic provides pharmacy and medical students with the opportunity to work as an interprofessional team. I love that the Clinic challenges each student to think outside of the proverbial box and consider each patient’s needs globally. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and our two Corgi-Yorkie mix puppies, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and watching shows on Netflix.

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Callie Downs - Junior Representative

My name is Callie Downs and I am a second-year student at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. I am excited to serve as the 2017-2018 UHCOP Junior Representative for HOMES Clinic. HOMES Clinic challenges students from all different backgrounds to work together and find creative solutions. The passion to serve at the clinic is contagious, and it is inspiring to work with such motivated and selfless students. I’m looking forward to working with HOMES Clinic this year. When I am not studying, I enjoy traveling, finding new places to eat, and spending time with friends.

 

Special Projects Coordinators

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Kevin Chiou - BCM

I am a third year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. I got involved with the HOMES clinic early on my medical career because I was interested in helping bring health care to the underserved populations of Houston. Little did I know that I would receive much more in return through the patients, faculty, and fellow students that I met. I decided to dedicate much of my free time during third year to HOMES as part of the LACE pathway for BCM medical students and eventually became a part of HOMES leadership. As a special project coordinator I hope to utilize my experiences with HOMES to improve the patient experience and research ways we can better serve the homeless.

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Yesul Tina Kim - UTH

My name is Tina Kim, and I'm a second-year at McGovern Medical School. I moved to Houston last year and was unsettled by how many people were on the streets, without basic things that I take for granted, like food and shelter. I am so grateful for the opportunities that Street Outreach and the HOMES clinic have given me. My experiences have taught me to be sensitive to socioeconomic factors in planning a patient's care and have shown me how important it is for doctors to give back to the community. I hope that you all get a chance to volunteer through these amazing programs! We are always looking to improve, so please let us know if there is a project you would like to start.

 

Badar Patel - UTH

My name is Badar Patel and I am a third year at McGovern Medical School. I began volunteering at the HOMES clinic during my first year of medical school, and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my time at McGovern. The HOMES clinic allows us to serve a population that is often ignored by our society and gives us the opportunity to develop an understanding of the challenges that the Houston homeless population must overcome. I am excited to serve on the HOMES leadership board and to help further develop this wonderful organization.

 

Project Cure Representative

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Alyssa Thomason - BCM

I’m Alyssa Thomason, a third-year medical student at BCM. I got involved with Project C.U.R.E. volunteering with my family there a few years ago, and I was hooked! I love the diversity of the people you meet working at Project C.U.R.E. from students and retirees to medical professionals and engineers. Everyone’s unique background and enthusiasm can be brought to bear on projects and the organization’s mission to bring health and hope to the world. I enjoy learning about and handling the variety of supplies and medical equipment that comes through the warehouse as well as loading shipments that will be delivered to communities in need across the globe. In the summer, I am going on a clinic trip to Ghana with Project C.U.R.E. to be a part of their efforts abroad as well. Our partnership with HOMES will be an exciting way to connect passionate volunteers with another area to make an impact on those in need around the world.