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LINC Scholars - 2017 Class

Jubayer Ahmed

Hello, my name is Jubayer Ahmed, but most of my friends call me “Jubbie.” I am a 23 year old first year medical student here at Brody. I was originally born in Sylhet, Bangladesh, but moved to America when I was 3 years old with my parents. I am the oldest of 4 siblings, with a sister who is 17, sister who is 13, and 10 year old brother. I went to UNC Chapel Hill, where I majored in public health with a focus in nutrition. After graduation, I worked as a medical scribe in the UNC emergency department in addition to a standardized patient at UNC. For fun, I love to play basketball, football and soccer, in addition to singing and spending time with my younger siblings.

Noopur Doshi

Noopur Doshi - I am originally from India and have lived in North Carolina since 2008. I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantitative Biology and Spanish for Medical Professions and Neuroscience minors. At Brody, I enjoy being involved with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School Chapter at ECU and will be serving as its President during my second year. Furthermore, I love volunteering at the Pitt County Care Clinic and the Greenville Shelter Clinic, and I will be serving as a Co-Executive Director at the Pitt County Care Clinic during my second year. While I was at UNC Chapel Hill, I volunteered at the Center for Latino Health (CELAH) at UNC Hospitals for all four years, and I realized that one of my career goals is to become a bilingual doctor and implement innovative ways of improving the quality of care provided to the Latino populations at the clinic and hospital level. I am super excited for my journey as a LINC scholar since no matter which medical specialty I end up choosing, the skills that I develop in leadership, interprofessional team based care, quality improvement, and patient safety through this program are going to help me become an effective physician and leader.

Samantha Forlenza

Samantha Forlenza is from Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2016, she graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health – Nutrition from the Gillings School of Global Public Health with a minor in Chemistry. As an undergraduate student, she volunteered with YoungLife, Girls on the Run and Camp Kesem. Because of this, she realized her passion for working with children of all ages. Samantha realized her desire to be a physician after completing the Chief Medical Officer’s Internship at Baylor Scott & White Healthcare Systems in Dallas, TX. She hopes to combine her public health-nutrition background, love for children and quality improvement skills gained from LINC, to be an effective physician in a constantly changing health care system.

Amber Gautam

Amber Gautam comes from Raleigh, North Carolina and earned a Bachelors of Science in Public Health - Nutrition from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as minors in Chemistry and Spanish. Throughout college she has been involved with public health work in Eastern North Carolina as well as abroad through NGOs in Honduras and Uganda. After graduating college, Amber worked as a Project Manager for the electronic health records company Epic Systems Corporation for one year. Amber is looking forward to learning further about the intersection of public health and medicine, and how as a physician she can best serve as an advocate for her patient population.

Jonathan LaCrone

My name is Jonathan LeCrone. I was born on July 23rd 1988. I was raised in Northeast Ohio and after graduating high school, I worked for 3 years doing new plumbing construction. I moved down to Eastern North Carolina in 2010 and began my college experience at Wayne Community College where I graduated with an AS in Science. Next, I went to ECU where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry. I worked as a part-time sales associate at General Nutrition Center and later at Food Lion (a grocery store chain) while in College. I was accepted into Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in 2016 where I am currently a first-year student. I am interested in a career in Emergency medicine. My hobbies include running, lifting, as well as various other intramural sports.

Bennett Mack

Ben Mack - In 2015, a B.S in Chemistry under my belt, I moved away from The University of North Carolina Wilmington all the way to Sacramento, California. Even further from my hometown of Harrisburg, North Carolina, I spent the next year of my life working with various non-profits as an AmeriCorps member along the West Coast. People are my passion, that I am sure. This passion has taken me across the country and I look forward to blending it with my thirst for medicine to improve the lives of the Greenville community and beyond. Whether I am chasing a volleyball on the court or chasing the opportunity to make someone smile, I hope to make people feel like the best versions of themselves whenever possible.

Chantel Morey

Chantel Morey - I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan; I moved to North Carolina to attend Duke University and have stuck around since graduation. My parents relocated to the Charlotte area of North Carolina and I like to think that they moved because I bragged about the state so often. I graduated from Duke in 2012, having majored in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. After graduating, I worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where I was assigned to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians health department in Cherokee, NC. While I enjoyed my experience in Cherokee, I desired more individualized interaction with patients and decided to go to medical school. I spent a year taking additional classes as a post-baccalaureate student at UNC-Greensboro to strengthen my science background and then worked as a medical scribe in primary care outpatient practices in the Charlotte area while applying to medical school. At Brody, I am currently serving as vice president of the class of 2020 and I am a Brody Scholar. I believe that the community-centered medical education that Brody provides will provide me the opportunity to combine my interests in medicine and public health. I hope to become a primary care doctor who is invested in and partners with my community to improve my patients’ health.

Chirag Patel

Chirag Patel - graduated from Wake Forest University in 2016 where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a concentration in Biochemistry. During his time at Wake Forest, Chirag volunteered as an EMT where he witnessed the discontent patients had with emergency services, specifically from patients that had chronic conditions that could not afford to see a PCP regularly and used emergency services for temporary relief. The EMT experience has motivated Chirag's interest in primary care and emergency medicine. Chirag hopes that the LINC Scholars program will give him the abilities to identify issues with our healthcare system, create projects that address these issues, and analyze the results in order to create lasting impacts on how healthcare professionals deliver care.

Meera Patel

Meera Patel - Though born in South Carolina, Meera is a Tarheel bred, having lived in North Carolina for most of her life. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as an undergraduate with B.S. and B.A. degrees in Psychology and Global Health and subsequently pursued her Master of Physiology at North Carolina State University. Before attending medical school, Meera volunteered as a doula labor and delivery assistant at UNCH and as a scribe at an indigent care clinic. These experiences shaped her interest in learning more about health systems and implementing improvements within the system to promote quality care for all patients.

Meera currently intends to pursue a career in internal medicine. She also aims to incorporate elements of prevention, sustainability and patient empowerment in her future practice of medicine. Outside of academics, Meera likes to spend her time serving the local community at the Greenville Community Shelter Clinic and looks forward to further serving as a board member this year. She intends to apply the leadership skills that she develops as a LINC scholar to these pursuits and her medical practice. Meera also enjoys spending time with friends and family, hiking in the mountains, traveling abroad, and painting.

Allison Williams

Allison Williams - I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology from Appalachian State University in 2015. I enjoy singing, yoga, and volunteering with Project Cuddle. Before coming to Brody, I worked both as a substitute teacher as well as a CNA at an assisted living facility. These experiences help to develop my interest in pediatrics as well as family medicine. I am excited to be a part of the LINC program to improve my leadership skills and learn to design affective quality improvement projects. I know that this program will help me to be a well-informed and innovative physician in the future.