Curriculum Co-Chairs

Jessmehar Walia, MS1
Albany Medical College

Jessmehar is a first-year medical student at Albany Medical College. He earned his B.A. in Anthropology with a focus in Global Health and Environment from Washington University in St. Louis. As an undergraduate, Jessmehar collaborated with the United Nations on the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement, attending the COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. Prior to medical school, he researched healthcare reimbursement strategies and contributed to graduate medical education reform, hoping to promote patient health and wellbeing through policy and MedEd. Alongside his transition to co-curriculum chair, Jessmehar will be leading the Planetary Health Report Card effort at Albany Medical School. He’s excited to engage and educate health professionals in the climate crisis and its impacts on human health.

Twitter: @jesswalia

Jacqueline Shen, MS2
Tufts University School of Medicine

Jackie is a second-year MD/MPH student at Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in biology from MIT with minors in Applied International Studies and Statistics & Data Science. Before enrolling in medical school, she spent a year working in a mental health clinic. She is currently an active member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and led the Planetary Health Report Card effort at Tufts for the year 2019-2020. She is interested in public health, health policy, and believes in the power of narrative to bring people together and facilitate healing. Much of her passion for sustainability is rooted in her childhood experiences in Vancouver, including early advocacy around high school water refill stations, meditations in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and yearly family camping trips. She is super excited to work with the rest of the MS4SF team to help facilitate systemic curricular changes around climate health.

Twitter: @jacqshen

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