Today's Medical Students,
Tomorrow's Healthcare Leaders

Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 UW undergraduate and graduate students who are making a difference on campus, in their communities and for the future. Read on to meet this year’s outstanding UW School of Medicine students.

Eva Shelton

Eva Shelton

Growing up in poverty, struggling with my identity as an immigrant, and failing in school taught me to not limit myself by my past. I learned to envision goals and transform dreams into reality. I also realized the future extends beyond myself. Being at the intersection of communities taught me how connected we all are despite our differences and the boundless power of teamwork and imagination. To me, the value of life is measured by the future we create for ourselves and the lives we touch.

My community is everything — thank you for inspiring me to mentor, center justice, and lift as I climb.

- L'Oreal Kennedy, BA: Social Welfare, BS: Nursing, DNP: Nurse-Midwifery, MD: Medicine

L’Oreal Kennedy

As I reflect on the anti-Blackness I have experienced in three separate programs at UW, particularly Medicine, I am propelled to resist retaliation and work diligently and tirelessly with my fellow Black colleagues and accomplices to reimagine healthcare training, co-create radical curricula such as the Black Health Justice Pathway, and build community-centered accountability structures. My community is everything — thank you for inspiring me to mentor, center justice, and lift as I climb.

L'Oreal Kennedy

Brian Cedeno

Brian Cedeno

To be an amazing physician, I must go beyond treating the cellular causes of disease. I must work alongside communities to address the social inequities that make communities sick, such as lack of healthcare access, healthy foods, and housing. I am committed to working beyond the hospital walls as a public health advocate to improve the health of society’s most vulnerable members. I also hope to pay it forward and help increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medical school.

I am grateful to the Indigenous community at UW and the PNW who, during my time as a medical student, helped me find my voice as an advocate for Native women and families.

- Sara Phillips, MD: Medicine

Sara Phillips

Growing up in a medically underserved Native Hawaiian community, I saw how lacking access to healthcare perpetuates unjust disparities. I am grateful to the Indigenous community at UW and the PNW who, during my time as a medical student, helped me find my voice as an advocate for Native women and families. During my next phase of medical training, I will be entering OB/GYN residency armed with an unwavering passion for reproductive justice and health equity.

Sara Phillips

Kevin Glover

Kevin Glover

I get excited by working to democratize medicine. I want to be a part of restructuring our system of healthcare research and delivery to place the needs and assets of communities at the center. Communities should be able to participate in setting the values and goals of the healthcare system that serves them.

Communities should be able to participate in setting the values and goals of the healthcare system that serves them.

- Kevin Glover, MD: Medicine

Lauren Marcell

Caring for survivors of trauma and violence has informed my commitment to redefining what healing-centered healthcare access can look like, as well as how we learn these skillsets within medical education. I have tremendously valued the opportunity to learn from patients themselves, while engaging with my peers at UW and nationally on how best to develop these critical tools throughout our training.

Lauren Marcell

Melanie Langa

Melanie Langa

As a medical student at UWSOM, I’ve had the chance to learn from experts in pathophysiology, indigenous studies and clinical medicine. I came to UW wanting to learn to provide primary care for indigenous patients in the rural west and was able to leverage UW’s connections across the WWAMI region to put classroom learning into practice before returning to Seattle with new questions and an understanding of the challenges that academic centers could investigate to benefit communities.

My work on and off campus helps me create the healthy, sustainable future I want to inhabit.

- Melissa MacEwan, PhD: Pharmacology; Certificate: Molecular Medicine Graduate Certificate Program

Rory Cole

Throughout medical school, I have strived to be a positive presence in my community. Over the last two years, I spent two seasons coaching Moscow High JV Girls Basketball, fought against gender inequities in medicine, coordinated medical student participation in mass vaccination campaigns then grew this opportunity into student involvement via drive-through testing, and developed a program for medical students to visit hospitalized COVID patients who otherwise were not allowed visitors.

Rory Cole

Melissa MacEwan

Melissa MacEwan

Science communication and public engagement are central to my identity as a scientist. From explaining nutrient cycling to children at the Pacific Science Center, to helping Washingtonians ween ourselves off of fossil fuels, my work on and off campus helps me create the healthy, sustainable future I want to inhabit. These pursuits have shaped my time as a UW student and the will inform my personal and professional endeavors long after I graduate.

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