MEDLIFE Alumni Stories - MEDLIFE

Welcome to our MEDLIFE Alumni Stories page, where former MEDLIFErs share how their involvement with MEDLIFE shaped their careers and lives.

What does it mean to be part of the MEDLIFE Movement?

By joining the MEDLIFE Movement, students can benefit from various opportunities that help in their personal growth, skill development, and meaningful service. In fact, some students have even redefined their career choices after joining. We take pride in supporting students to develop empathy and global awareness, while fostering lifelong connections and potential career opportunities.

Sarah Hillware, Former Chapter President at The George Washington University and award-winning Global Health, Development, and Diplomacy Leader, shared: “During my three years with MEDLIFE, I learned the value of servant leadership. It wasn’t about imposing our ideas; it was about listening to the community’s needs. This approach has profoundly influenced my professional life, teaching me the importance of humility and understanding in leadership.”

Are you a MEDLIFE alum eager to share your story? Email us at [email protected]! We can’t wait to hear from you!


Meet Michael Walker, a dedicated quality engineer for Blue Origin who ensures the safety of space systems for astronauts and passengers. Michael’s journey began as the Recruitment Chair at the Mississippi State University MEDLIFE Chapter, where his passion for making a difference was evident.

Introducing Nick Braasch, an adept Engineer Technician & Project Manager. Nick’s journey into leadership started as the Public Relations Manager at the UIC MEDLIFE Chapter, where his dedication and organizational skills left a lasting impact.

Presenting Valeria Martinez-de Leon, currently in her 2nd Year of Medical School at the University of Puerto Rico. Valeria’s commitment to healthcare and community service blossomed during her tenure as President of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez MEDLIFE Chapter.

Meet Coraly Rivera, now a Pediatrics Resident at Puerto Rico Women and Children’s Hospital in Bayamón, PR. Coraly previously served as Treasurer at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in San Juan, PR MEDLIFE Chapter, demonstrating her commitment to healthcare and community service.

Introducing Ashley Cianchini, currently a 3rd Year Medical Student at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Ashley previously held the position of President at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras MEDLIFE Chapter, showcasing her dedication to academic excellence and community service.

Meet Rohan Joshi, soon to embark on his journey as a PGY-1 Neurology Resident at KUMC in Kansas City. Rohan previously served as the Treasurer and Vice President at the Drexel University MEDLIFE Chapter, demonstrating his commitment to service and leadership.

Introducing Kristy Chong, currently embarking on her journey as a 1st-year Medical Student at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (Tulsa Campus). Prior to this, Kristy played pivotal roles as the Volunteer Coordinator and Public Relations Chair at the University of Oklahoma MEDLIFE Chapter.

Meet Madison Brooks, previously the President of the Michigan Technological University MEDLIFE Chapter, now a dedicated 2nd year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Madison’s commitment to healthcare and community service shines through her journey from leading her chapter to pursuing her medical education.

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Meet Sarah Bridge, a former MEDLIFE Journalism Intern from the University of Bath. Today, she is the Head of UK Development for the esteemed Public Health Charity Institut Pasteur.

Meet Biz Shenk, a former MEDLIFE Intern from the College of the Holy Cross, now a Family Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University School of Nursing and a MEDLIFE supporter!

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Meet Emily Gardner, a former MEDLIFE Intern from Vanderbilt University, now a 3rd Year Pediatric Resident at UCLA. We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments!

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Meet Zoheb Sulaiman, a former MEDLIFE intern, volunteer, SAB member, and Chapter president from the University of Georgia. Today, Zoheb continues his journey as a PGY-5 Infectious Diseases Fellow at the Medical College of Georgia.

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Meet Crystal Rubalcava, a former MEDLIFE Chapter Member, Volunteer, and Intern from UC Berkeley. Today, she’s applying her skills as a Biostatistician at Keck Medicine at USC.

Meet Jake Kincaid, a former MEDLIFE Intern from the University of Colorado Boulder. Now, he’s an Investigative Journalist. During his time with MEDLIFE, he developed strong connections with patients and community members.

Meet Bryan Calderin, a former Chapter Sub-Treasurer and volunteer for multiple SLTs from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez. Now, he’s a Pediatric Resident at Puerto Rico Women and Children’s Hospital, continuing his journey of service and care.

Meet Rachel Goldberg, a former MEDLIFE Intern from the University of Virginia, now Senior Manager of Social Media at National Geographic! We’re incredibly proud of Rachel’s accomplishments and grateful for her continued dedication to making an impact!

Meet Bhavana Aitha, a former MEDLIFE President from the University of Delaware, who is now poised to begin her journey as an Upcoming Psychiatry Resident at the University of Massachusetts! We’re immensely proud of Bhavana’s achievements and inspired by her ongoing commitment to making a difference.

Meet Ihsan Moosapanah, a former Fundraising Director at the University of South Florida MEDLIFE Chapter, now a Senior Executive Banker! Ihsan’s journey from leading fundraising efforts to excelling in the banking industry is truly remarkable. We applaud his dedication and success in both realms