Curriculum

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.

waliaj1@amc.edu

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.

jacqueline.shen@tufts.edu

Twitter: @jacqshen

Sub Chairs

Marlee Akerson, PostBacc Student
University of Colorado

Marlee Akerson graduated from Colorado College in 2019 with dual degrees in Environmental Policy and Global Health. With a group of fellow undergraduate students, Marlee researched and wrote a climate resiliency plan for the City of Colorado Springs, specializing in the impact of rising temperatures on marginalized groups in the city. Since graduation, she has been working as a public health research analyst at a firm based out of Washington D.C., studying the social and environmental determinants of health. She has worked on projects covering opioid/substance-use-disorder, toxic air pollutants as they impact/cause respiratory illnesses, the prevalence on preterm births in vulnerable communities, and state responses to COVID-19. She has also been working as a Research Coordinator at the University of Colorado studying the relationship between the natural environmental and human health and well-being. She will begin a Post-Baccalaureate year at University of Colorado in the summer of 2021, and plans to attend medical school upon completion of the program. Marlee is passionate about studying the relationship between climate change and public health, and is excited to pursue this passion in MS4SF and beyond! 

marlee.akerson@gmail.com

Tianyi Wang, M1
University of Michigan Medical School

Tianyi Wang is a first year medical student at the University of Michigan. She graduated from Princeton University in 2019 with a major in International and Public Policy and Relations and minor in Global and Public Health. After college, she spent a year in research and payor/stakeholder work at the UCSF Breast Care Center. During her year in San Francisco, Tianyi became passionate about sustainability, climate change technology, and conscious consumerism. She believes that it is a moral duty to do what is in our capacity to save our planet. As a first year medical student, Tianyi noticed that the medical school curriculum does not include how climate change and pollution impacts human disease, mental wellness, and health inequality. She looks forward to working with MS4SF to integrate climate health into medical education and strive for a more equitable, sustainable, innovative future.

watianyi@med.umich.edu

Op-Ed Subchair

Simona Martin, MS3
University of Michigan

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