PNC (Mercantile) Scholarship Endowment

Helen Cheung

Helen Cheung is a second year medical student at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a double degree in Biochemistry and Biology as well as a minor in Secondary Education. Helen is passionate about providing holistic care to her future patients, which not only addresses their medical concerns, but also the social determinants of health such as food, housing, job training, and etcetera. She is also an advocate for people living with HIV/ AIDS, and has previously led an Alternative Breaks Trip to volunteer with the Terrance Cardinal Cooke Healthcare Center in New York. She has continued her dedication to service in medical school by volunteering with the Jacques Initiative and other UMB professional students to provide HIV outreach and screenings within the Baltimore community. Her interest in HIV is driven by the goal of becoming an advocate for people who are often stigmatized and marginalized in order to create meaningful change within an urban underserved area such as Baltimore, as a future physician.

Sarah Flynn

Sarah Flynn is a fourth year medical student at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. Her undergraduate coursework in Human Biology and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University focused on the health of disadvantaged populations and the social factors that influence an individual’s wellbeing. Prior to starting medical school she spent two years working at the Johns Hopkins Center to Eliminate Cardiovascular Health Disparities on community-based health interventions designed to reduce hypertension disparities in Baltimore. At the School of Medicine, Sarah is an active member of the Primary Care Track and worked to design and implement a clinical skills workshop for first year medical students. She was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and the Gold Humanism Honor Society as a third year student. Sarah recently completed her Masters Degree in Primary Care Research from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She plans to dedicate her career to practicing clinical Internal Medicine in disadvantaged areas while also working to reduce health disparities through health services research and administrative responsibilities.