President's Initiatives

2013-2014 President's Symposium & White Paper Project Fellows

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Tyler Coyle, MD
Graduate School

Tyler is a PGY-2 Preventive Medicine resident at UMB. He received his BA in History of Science & Medicine from Yale University in 2005 and his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 2010. He completed his intern year in internal medicine at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. After taking a hiatus from medicine following neck surgery, he will complete his MS at UMB in Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine in 2014.

In medical school, Tyler was the co-president for the P&S Club -- the nation's largest medical student activities organization with an annual budget of $150,000 -- and also served as the medical liaison to the Doctor for a Day program, a New York City nonprofit that exposes local fifth-graders to the medical profession. He has recently been the guest speaker at two UMB seminars, "Writing for the Health Professions."

Tyler plans to work in either academia or the public sector following completion of his residency. Tyler's personal interests include baseball, brewing beer, and cooking. 

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Curtis Gallagher
Graduate School/School of Medicine

Curtis was born and raised in Lancaster, Pa., in the heart of Amish country.  He received his BS in biology from York College of Pennsylvania in 2009 and is currently a graduate student in the PhD Program in Molecular Medicine.  His research focus is the role of erg K+ channels in the brain, specifically the hippocampus.  He is utilizing electrophysiology and confocal imaging with acute hippocampal slices and primary cultured hippocampal neurons to explore the functional role of different erg isoforms in the hippocampus and how they could functionally be a risk factor for schizophrenia. 

During his time within the Molecular Medicine program, Curtis has established collaborations with the Physiology department in the labs of Dr. Scott Thompson (chair) and Dr. Tom Blanpied in order to study the putative role of erg in neuronal hyperexcitability and synaptic transmission.

In addition to his graduate work, Curtis is a budding entrepreneur and inventor of life science products.  One invention of his was previously “patent pending” and his idea for a lab resource sharing software program is being implemented by UMB. Recently, he has begun a collaboration with the FDA’s MedWatch team to implement a novel approach to increase medication adverse event reporting by consumers. He is eager to begin his President’s Fellowship, working with his colleagues to recommend a strategy for implementation of formal Interprofessional Education at UMB and authoring a white paper on the subject. Upon graduation, Curtis hopes to use the scientific and creative experience that he is gaining at UMB to enter the field of life science technology transfer and commercialization.

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Alexis Gorden, MD
Graduate School/School of Medicine

Alexis is a clinical gastroenterology fellow as well as a graduate student in the PhD Program for Clinicians through the Graduate Program in Life Sciences. Alexis was raised in Washington, D.C. and received her BS degree in Psychology from Brown University.  She attended New York University School of Medicine and completed a year-long research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute research scholar.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center.  Alexis’ clinical and research interests include the relationship between obesity and digestive diseases.  She has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and has been a speaker at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease Conference, and the Maryland Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

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Minerva Hughes
Carey School of Law

Minerva is a student at the Maryland Carey School of Law pursuing broad interests in health law and public service. Before starting at UMB, she completed a doctoral research program at Johns Hopkins University where she worked on new approaches to combat the tuberculosis pandemic.  She also has almost 10 years of professional experience as a scientific lead on interdisciplinary teams undertaking the clinical development of new medicines.  As a law student, Minerva has completed a legal internship at the Mississippi Center for Justice, working on access to health care issues, and the University’s President Clinic on interdisciplinary team-based health care.  She is member of several scientific and student organizations, most notably the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, and Maryland’s Student Health Law Organization.  In her free time, Minerva enjoys giving back to the community and has volunteered for several University community outreach programs. She looks forward to continued community service in the upcoming school year.   

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Kimberly Solovy
School of Social Work

Kimberly is a Master of Social Work (MSW) candidate with a concentration in Management and Community Outreach, and a specialization in Community Development and Social Action.  During the past two semesters, she interned at the American Red Cross National Headquarters in the International Services Department, as the International Disaster Response Research Intern.  Kimberly currently serves as the university’s representative on the University System of Maryland Student Council, where she is the Student Representative on the University System of Maryland’s Health Care Reform Policy Implementation Workgroup. She also serves as the Parliamentarian on the University Student Government Association Executive Board, where she chairs the Constitutional Review Committee and Legislative Committee.  In addition, Kimberly serves as the Secretary of the University of Maryland School of Social Work Financial Social Work Initiative Steering Committee, where she is a member of the Community Practice and Policy Workgroup, and as the MSW Representative on the National Association of Social Workers Maryland Chapter Board of Directors. Prior to attending UMB, Kimberly gained inter-professional experience at Fortune 50 corporations, community nonprofit organizations, and distinguished universities. 

Kimberly holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Central Florida, and has studied in London and Greece.  She is a recipient of the President’s Certificate of Commendation for her work on the University Student Government Association, and of the Platinum Award for the President’s Student Leadership Institute. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Kimberly is looking forward to interning at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.  

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Jueli Li
School of Pharmacy

Jueli is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Prior to pharmacy school, she has completed internships at the National Institutes of Health and at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where she worked in collaborative teams to research the mechanisms of mental health diseases and to study the proliferation of breast cancer cells, respectively. While in school, Jueli has been selected for the Pharmacotherapy Pathway, a program that improves the marketability of students pursuing a post-graduate residency program through various didactic requirements and the completion of a multidisciplinary capstone research project. Furthermore, she has worked alongside esteemed faculty to develop evidence-based continuing education programs for health care practitioners through the University of Maryland Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions. In her spare time, Jueli has devoted herself toward providing resources to the Baltimore City community. Currently, she is spearheading a team of faculty and student colleagues to improve health literacy and “school ready” programs for indigent families. Through the President’s Fellowship, Jueli hopes to showcase the value of pharmacy within the interdisciplinary team in order to create a more dynamic, collaborative environment. She plans to pursue a clinical pharmacy residency upon matriculation.

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Vy Nguyen
School of Pharmacy

Vy is a second-year student at the School of Pharmacy.  Her first experience with interprofessional education was through the competition of a multidisciplinary four-year research program at the University of Maryland, College Park. During pharmacy school, she continued to receive opportunities to learn from students and faculty of different professions through her participation in a research program offered by the Office of Student Research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Currently, she is promoting further interschool collaboration by co-coordinating a campuswide HIV/AIDS Awareness Month initiative. By participating in the President’s Fellowship, she hopes to help demonstrate the value of interprofessional collaboration in both academic and professional settings. 

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Kaila Williams
School of Social Work

Kaila is an Advanced year student at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She received a BS in Psychology and Sociology from Jacksonville University and has a wide variety of experience with interprofessional education from attending the Geriatric Assessment Interdisciplinary Team (GAIT) program and the Navigating Transitions Along the Care Continuum for Frail Older Adults to her personal experience in the importance of interdisciplinary communication at the Baltimore County Department of Aging and her participation as a member of an interdisciplinary team at her current field placement at Union Memorial.  She has gained research experience by assisting several professors at the School of Social Work in their individual studies and recently completed a summer research position at World Relief. Kaila also remains engaged in her local community by volunteering as an Affordable Care Act Ambassador for Healthcare for All, co-organizing the Strategic Planning Committee at Milford Mill United Methodist Church, and working on the Outreach Committee for the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week 2012. Her most recent accomplishment in the field of aging includes receiving the Gwendolyn C. Lee Award for Innovative Practice awarded for a holistic health program implemented at the Baltimore County Department of Aging. In the future, she intends to pursue a Doctorate in Social Work focusing on the implementation and evaluation of programs for aging adults.