Current students

2023 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Adam Mssika


Major: Public Health

Minor: Business

High School: Great Bridge High School, Chesapeake, VA

Extracurricular Engagements:

Officer of the Health Occupation Students of America chapter

President & Co-founder of the Racially Unified Community Club

Career Aspirations: With my MD and MBA, I aspire to increase the bonds between healthcare institutes and the communities they serve by providing easier communication between different healthcare providers, educating communities on foundational healthcare procedures, and making sure that proper healthcare is accessible to everyone.

Aminah Lawal


Major: Biological Sciences
Minor: Undecided

High School: University High School Academy, Southfield, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: National Honor Society, President of Student Council, Vice President of Book Club, Peer Tutoring

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become a dedicated physician that connects with my patients, has a positive impact on my community, and helps ease the fear and mistrust of healthcare. In addition to that, I want to be a source of representation in the medical field

Minha Gil


Major: Public Health

Minor: Statistics

High School: Cranbrook School, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Extracurricular Engagements

Volunteering (Bellbrook senior home, food pantry, Grace Centers of Hope, 7cups), Worked at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, Research internship at biotech startup, Varsity Softball, Vice president of CK GIDAS chapter, Editor at Crane-Clarion student newspaper, Principal oboist (CK symphony band, Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony)

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become a physician who brings attention to community health challenges through research and outreach initiatives and serves populations whose health has been neglected.



Benji Robinson


Major: Public Health

Minor: undecided

High school: Lincoln College Preparatory Academy

Extracurricular engagement: Youth research advisory board, sports, Star 2.0 program, student council member 

Career aspirations: I am hoping to be a good family practice doctor that can provide for underserved communities 

Inji Ismaeil


Major: Public Health 

Minor: Biological science 

High School: Canton High School, Canton, MI 

Extracurricular Engagement: P-CEP Pals President, Canton Congress Member, Unified Sports Buddy, National Honors Society Member, Muslim Student Association Member, Debate Member, Volunteer at DMC, Volunteer at Friendship Circle, By Kids For Kids Reading Facilitator, and Shadowing. 

Career aspirations: I aspire to become a physician that works to bring attention to the healthcare disparities that neurodivergent and disabled individuals face. I hope to be an advocate for these patients, providing them with empathy, compassion, and ease. In the future, I hope to be a pediatric neurologist or an endocrinologist.  

Majd Victor



Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Undecided

High School: Hatboro-Horsham High School, Horsham, PA

Extracurriculars: Jazz/Marching/Concert Band, Students for a Sustainable Future Co-President, Future Medical Leaders of America Co-President, Sneaker business (@pa_sneakersa1)

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become an ophthalmologist and a leader in the field of medicine as well as academics. I would love to start my own clinic and run my own business while helping those struggling with vision problems like cataracts that are unable to afford care. I also would love to do research while practicing in medicine and helping teach the future generations about the field of health.

Angela Lee


Major: Public Health

Minor: Undecided

High School: Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX

Extracurricular Engagements:

Trained and completed rotations at nursing homes, hospitals, and fire stations as a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA), Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA), Vice President of Mu Alpha Theta (National Math Honor Society), Treasurer of Asian Cultural Club, International Chat Pals Tutor, Math Tutor, Frisco Family Services Volunteer, DECA, HOSA, and Shadowing 

Career Aspirations:

I aspire to become a compassionate physician who focuses on properly educating patients. I aim to improve health literacy and build a greater emphasis on the importance of health in medically underserved communities. I want to become an advocate for my patients and a meaningful figure in their lives. 

Wale Osinowo


Major: Biology.

Minor: Undecided.

High School: Glassboro, Glassboro High School.

Extracurricular Engagement: Rotary Club, Track and Field.

Career aspirations: A practicing anesthesiologist.

Hello, my name is Olawale Osinowo and this fall I am excited to be an incoming freshman at Wayne State University. I am from Glassboro, New Jersey and at Wayne State University I currently plan to major in Biology. For fun, I enjoy reading and working out.

Paolo Belleza


Major: Public Health

Minor: Undecided
High School: Plymouth High School, Canton, Michigan

Extracurricular Engagements:

Health Disparities Research Through Eastern Michigan University’s Center for Health Disparities Innovations and Studies, Michigan Swimming Athletes’ Committee, Public Relations Officer of PCEP-STEM Council, Schoolhouse World Peer SAT Tutor, Plymouth Student Ambassador, PCEP Peer Mentor, East Middle School Volunteer Assistant Swim Coach, Group and Private Swim Instructor, Captain of Boys Varsity Swim, All-State/Academic All-American, 6-Time School Record Holder, National Honor Society

Career Aspirations: I hope to become a medical physician equipped with the tools to provide quality yet equitable access to healthcare to all who need it – especially underserved communities. I have a particular interest in researching and addressing the effects of the Model Minority Myth on the prominence of Asian American health disparities.

Raj Gandhi


Major: Biology

Minor: Health Psychology
High School: John Hersey High School, Arlington Heights, IL

Extracurricular Engagements: Certified Nursing Assistant, Admin Assistant at Neurohealth, Pediatric Emergency Department Volunteer, Volunteer Tutor for Low-income families, Basic Life Support Certified - American Heart Association, Stop The Bleed Certified - American College of Surgeons, Committee of Trauma

Career Aspirations: I aspire to be a family medicine physician who actively supports the effort to equalize access to healthcare. I intend to accomplish this goal by opening a clinic in which I operate on a sliding scale fee. This ensures that those who may not have health insurance can still receive affordable treatment and education on preventive health measures, thus avoiding the traumatic and costly experiences associated with preventable illnesses and diseases.

Yohanna Gerbremariam

Major: Public Health

Minor: Undecided

High School: Washtenaw Technical Middle College, Ann Arbor, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: WTMC Running Club - Public Relations Associate

WTMC P2P Mental Health Club, Teen Advisory Group member at the Ypsilanti District Library, Church Volunteer: Youth Worship Team and Kid's Church.

Career Aspirations: I aspire to be a physician that works to decrease health disparities in underserved communities. I also want to focus on learning how the disparities we see are connected to other factors outside of medicine, with the goal of hopefully being able to advocate for their change. I wish to be a doctor that understands their patients and works tirelessly for their well-being, and not for my individual success.

2022 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Adura Sogbesan

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Undecided

High School: Cy-Fair High School Cypress, TX

Extracurricular Engagements: Serve Hope English Peer Tutoring
Health Occupations Students of America
Memorial Hermann Junior Volunteer
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship
Varsity Volleyball

Career Aspirations: I aspire to be a physician that addresses many of the healthcare disparities that we see today. I think that it is important for individuals to feel represented when they see a physician, and I want to provide that representation and knowledge of medical conditions that disproportionately affect African-Americans.

Arun Kumar

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Undecided

High School: Hononegah High School, Rockton, Illinois

Extracurricular  Engagements: Researched Muscular Dystrophy at Illinois State University
Emergency Room Volunteer at Beloit Memorial Hospital
Founder and President of Ping Pong Club
President of Chess Club
Captain of Varsity Tennis

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become a physician-scientist and research notorious neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Furthermore, I hope to resolve the health disparities that people face throughout our nation and provide them with the basic care that they deserve. 

Dhruval Bhatt

Major: Biomedical Physics

Minor: Undecided

High School: Warren Township High School, Gurnee, IL

Extracurricular Engagements: In high school, I participated in Science Olympiad, FBLA, and National Honors Society.

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become a physician who serves in underrepresented communities. I also want increase health literacy within those communities. 

Habib Alrabaa

Major: Public Health

Minor: Global Health and Social Medicine

High School: DeBakey High School for Health Professions, Houston, TX

Extracurricular Engagements: 

Chess Club

Health Occupations Students of America

Volunteer at VA Hospital

Volunteer at Houston Zoo

Career Aspirations: Becoming a physician instills the responsibility of dedication to scientific research methods along with the passion to medically treat individuals no matter their background. By committing to this responsibility, I will be able to aid those in underserved and underrepresented communities.

Jada Shorter

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Undecided

High School: Renaissance High School

Extracurricular Engagements: InterSTEM Research Group - Biology Research Leader
Minds Matter
Simply GenZ (current event/ pressing global topics blog for younger individuals) - Communications Coordinator 
Ivylettes - Corresponding Secretary
Biomedical Career Advancement (Assistant)

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become a prominent leader in the medical field, and to use my experience to fight medical discrimination and work to provide equitable care to those in need. 

Lin Rayes


Major: Nutrition and Food Science

Minor: Global Health and Social Medicine

High School: West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Brilliant Detroit tutor, Math Pentathlon coach, MSA, HOSA, shadowed various physicians

Career Aspirations: I aspire to be a compassionate doctor that helps patients in more than just their case. I'm particularly interested in anesthesia and its magical effects of easing pain and allowing patients to reach recovery more smoothly.

Monica Thomas


Major: Public Health

Minor: Biology, Healthcare Ethics

High School: Timber Creek Regional High School, Sicklerville, New Jersey 

Extracurricular Engagements: Class President, Head of the Health and Hygiene Fundraiser for Families Affected by COVID-19, Team Captain of the Girl's Tennis Team, Dance Captain of the Drama Club, National Honor's Society Member 

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become a doctor with empathy and compassion who advocates for their patients. I would like to start my career as either a Cardiologist or an Anesthesiologist, and possibly work my way up to administration. I would like to work on ethical practices in the medical field, and make sure that healthcare is accessible to all.  

Shaylyn Avery

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Undecided 

High School: Hart County High School, Munfordville, Kentucky

Extracurricular Engagements: Future Business Leaders of America
Science Club
Peer Tutoring 

Career Aspirations: I aspire to be a doctor who brings awareness to rare genetic disorders that many physicians are unfamiliar with. I would also like to help underserved communities and increase public knowledge of health.

Simi Olabode


Major: Public Health

Minor: Medical Humanities

High School: Mansfield Early College High School, Mansfield, TX

Extracurricular Engagements: Civil Air Patrol
Pioneer Academics: Biology Research Concentration 
New York Academy of the Sciences: Junior Academy
Underclassmen Peer Tutor & SAT Prep Club Co-President
RCCGHOTR Youth Executive Team

Career Aspirations: What attracts me to a career in medicine is the opportunity to advocate for and encourage my patients, especially those who are undermined in the healthcare system. I aspire to become a physician and contribute to healthcare policy.

Tolani Sogbesan

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Undecided

High School: Cy-Fair High School, Cypress, Texas

Extracurricular Engagements: Health Occupations Students of America
Serve Hope English Peer Tutor
Memorial Hermann Junior Volunteer
SIRE Therapeutic Horsemanship 
Varsity Volleyball

Career Aspirations: I aspire to become a doctor not just to help those in need of medical assistance, but to also serve as a voice to those who society has silenced. Through my work as a physician I hope to shed a light on healthcare disparities while simultaneously giving a voice to ethnic minorities within the healthcare system.

Victoria Fasakin

Major: Neuroscience and Political Science

Minor: n/a

High School: School for the Talented and Gifted Townview, Dallas, Texas

Extracurricular Engagements: UIL Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics
Gardening Club
Destination Imagination
Dallas Environmental Education Initiative
Black Student Union

Career Aspirations: My career aspirations are to study and combat environmental detriments of health as a clinical research physician in the field of neurology. I also want to fight for deprived communities to access green spaces that are free from environmental waste and work toward a greener future for everyone. 

2021 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Andrew Robinson

Major: Biology

Minor: Finance

High School: Lincoln College Preparatory Academy, Kansas City, MO

Extracurricular Engagements: Explorer's Club
Varsity Track and Field
Varsity Soccer
Real Estate Investing Club

Career aspirations: I aspire to be a doctor that helps patients with more than just medical issues. I want to create programs to help teach information that isn't inherently known by most underserved groups. 


Bianca Jennings

Major: Public Health

Minor: Psychology

High School: Southfield High for the Arts & Technology, Southfield, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: High School: NHS (National Honors Society), Southfield Rotary Interact
College: Applied Discussions in Medical Ethics, Black Student Union, Elevate Women

Career aspirations: My aspiration is to become a doctor not only in the medical field, but also a doctor in life. I want to help those who are underserved, and educate the community on how crucial and important knowledge in health is, while showing compassion and understanding to patients and their families.

Cassidy Allen

Major: Public Health

Minor: Health Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

High School: The High School for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering at City College, New York, NY

Extracurricular Engagements: 

Peer educator, Center for Anti-Violence Education
Explainer, New York Hall of Science

Participant in the Explainer TV Program, New York Hall of Science
Elementary School Math Tutor, Engage STEM NYC
Participant, Center for Excellence in Youth Education's Bioinformatics Virtual Summer Course (2020)
Brownie/Junior/Cadette/Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout, Girl Scout of Greater New York (2011-2021)
President, Springfield Gardens Leos Club (2018-2021)

Career aspirations: Currently, I am entering uncharted territories and the more I learn about neurological pathways, intestinal diseases, and the voluntary and involuntary processes our body enacts to function daily, the more I become inquisitive about the fields within Medicine that exist to provide quality healthcare to patients. As a future Physician, I plan to advocate for accessible and affordable healthcare and to know mentally, spiritually, and emotionally the communities I serve. I know that the field of medicine and caring for patients goes beyond prescriptions and medical procedures and I hope to incorporate a holistic approach into the way I provide treatment to my patients. 

Deidre Crockett

Major: Biomedical Physics

Minor: Biological Sciences

High School: Taylor Preparatory High School, Taylor, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Varsity soccer
Student Ambassador program
Church volunteer - Youth Praise Team and Nursery
Beaumont volunteer - Surgical Lounge

Career aspirations: I will become a geneticist who specializes in treating and finding more accessible and effective treatments for sickle cell disease. I plan to open a private practice specifically aimed towards sickle cell patients and offer those treatments at more affordable rates in order to lessen the financial burden on them and their families.

John Nzasi

Major: Public Health

Minor: Swahili

High School: Abington Heights High School, Clarks Summit, PA

Extracurricular Engagements: Black Student Union

Career aspirations: I want to be an orthopedic surgeon who is able to help people get back to working and playing like they intend to. 

Kadaree Richardson

Major: Biology

Minor: Accounting

High School: River Rouge High School, River Rouge, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: 

The Midnight Golf Program
DTE's Mentorship, Internship, & Student Co-op
Business Owner

This fall, I plan to take part in intermural sports such as soccer and basketball, and become engaged with a real estate group located on campus.

Career aspirations: My career aspirations are to become a Sports Medicine Physician, utilize the capital that I have been able to save over the years to generate multiple streams of income (invest in stocks, real estate, intellectual properties, or other assets), and continue to enhance my financial literacy. Eventually, I will be able to assist and enlighten those from my community and similar environments.

Mohammad Muntakim


Major: Public Health 

Minor: Chemistry

High School: Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI 

Extracurricular Engagements: 


The Skillman Foundation 

Chai & Ink 

Detroit's Muslim Youth Council

Huda Clinic

Career aspirations: As a physician, I hope to improve the conditions that contribute toward the health disparities present in our society. My goal is to ultimately help raise the quality of life for people in my community, not only in my hometown of Detroit, but also abroad, in countries like my parents' native-land of Bangladesh.  

Sergio Guerra

Major: Biochemisty and Chemical Biology

Minor: Spanish

High School: Cesar Chavez Academy High School, Detroit, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Science Olympiad 
Youth Council
Student Government

Career aspirations: I want to open a clinic and provide good affordable healthcare back to my community 

Trey Timban

Major: Biomedical Physics

Minor: Public Health

High School: Detroit Country Day, Beverly Hills, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: AAPI Association Leader 
Varsity Quizbowl Team
Research Engineering Army Program Internship
Varsity Basketball Captain
Varsity Football State Champion

Career aspirations: I aspire to become a surgeon who can connect with my patients. I want to become someone who can give back and help the community of Detroit

 Anjolaoluwa 'Anjie' Dinakin 

Major: Biology

Minor: Undecided

High School: Cave Spring High, Roanoke, Virginia

Extracurricular Engagements: Varsity girls lacrosse, Youth volunteer leader (Veterans Hospital), Tutor (Grades k-6), Beta club, Club camp coordinator (Hunting Hills Country Club).

Career aspirations: I will become a doctor who can impact the lives of patients, coworkers, any other people around me. I plan to work in either pediatrics or gynecology.

2020 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Abisola Fasakin

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Sociology

High School: School for the Talented and Gifted, Dallas, Tx

Extracurricular Engagements: Wind Band, Teen Trendsetter, Choir, Bible Study,

Career aspiraions: I aspire to a doctor that can make a large, positive impact in the largely unserved communities in my area, and continue the work of so many doctors and researchers who are trying to eliminate the high maternal death rates for all women in our country.

Amanda York

Major: Chemistry

Minor: Arabic Language

High School: Phoenix Central High School

Extracurricular Engagements: 

President of International Distinguished Scholars
Varsity Volleyball Captain + Phoenix Union High School District Hall of Fame
Secretary of Black Student Union
Lifetime Gold Award Girl Scout
Delta Academy & GEMS Graduate
Global Studies Magnet Program Student 
2020 Links Cotillion Debutante 

Career aspiraions: I am really interested in the female reproductive field and wish to work to alleviate the injustices against minority women in maternal health. Infertility particularly interests me, so it's where I would like to dedicate my life's research. I want to be a part of a woman's life journey from beginning to end. 

Biola Makinde

Major: Biomedical Physics

Minor: Public Health

High School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, California

Extracurricular Engagements: Academic Decathlon, HOSA, Volunteer at Kern Medical, NHS/Interact Club, Tennis

Career aspiraions: I aspire to become a pediatrician.

James Wairagu

Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Economics

High School: Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, GA

Extracurricular Engagements: 

St Joseph's Candler Youth Volunteer Program
Civil Air Patrol
New Life Church

Career aspiraions: I aspire to be a thoughtful physician treating vulnerable patients in the communities that need me.

Olivia Carlisle

Major: Public Health

Minor: Arabic

High School: Edison High School, Alexandria, VA

Extracurricular Engagements: 

Career aspiraions: It is my dream to become a successful physician who is able to connect with my patients and provide them the best care possible. Specifically, I aspire to specialize in reproductive endocrinology working with innovative reproductive technologies.

Olma Tadesse

Major: Public Health

Minor: Chemistry

High School: St. Anthony Village High School, Minneapolis, MN

Extracurricular Engagements: 

Career aspiraions: I hope to become an equitable medical researcher/professional that actively works to help underserved communities around the world.

Shane Tinsley

Major: Philosophy

Minor: Biochemistry 

High School: Belleville High School, Belleville, Michigan

Extracurricular Engagements: 

•Leadership Team - EQUIPPED Scholarship Organization
•Volunteer in Surgical Center - Beaumont Hospital in Wayne
•Varsity Bowling Team - Belleville High School
•Children's Chapel Teacher - Middlebelt Baptist Church
•The Brotherhood

Career aspiraions: To become a Urologist that also teaches at a medical school. In addition, addressing health disparities in minority communities along with men's health.  

Solen Tadesse

Major: Public Health

Minor: Neuroscience

High School: Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: 

Career aspiraions:

Taylor James

Major: Biomedical Physics and Public Health

Minor: Urban Sustainability

High School: Atholton High School, Columbia, Maryland

Extracurricular Engagements: Student Assistant at WSU School of Medicine, Warrior Safe is Warrior Strong Ambassador, Climate Leader at Green New Detroit, member of Vegan Warriors, and advocate for the health of Detroit's underserved citizens.

Career aspiraions: I have seen the effects of environmental and institutional racism on disparities in the treatment of pain, which contribute to disproportionately high maternal mortality rates and other adverse outcomes in BIPOC communities. I seek to pursue a career in pain management anesthesiology, while spending summers abroad distributing needed medical devices through my biomedical engineering company.

Zoe Graves

Major: Biomedical Physics 

Minor: Biochemistry

High School: Canton High School, Canton, Michigan

Extracurricular Engagements: I was a member of the Guiding Light Club, which helps keep girls in shelters company and brighten their spirits. I also have done gymnastics for about 15 years.

Career aspiraions: I hope to pursue arthrology. My goal is to become an orthopedic surgeon one day.


2019 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Shyama Bhatt


Major: Psychology

Minor: Neuroscience

High School: Warren Township Highschool, Gurnee, IL

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of Indian Student Association, Pre Professional Medical Society, Warrior VIP, volunteering at the DMC Hospitals, and conducting research

Career aspiraions: I aspire to be a neurosurgeon

Tauheed Bhatti

Major: Public Health 

Minor: Biological Sciences

High School: Oscar A. Carlson High School, Gibraltar, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of the Pakistani Students Association, MedAssist, and Replenish Detroit, Intramural Tennis, Basketball, Skiing, Research in Heart Failure and Exercise Physiology at the School of Medicine, Volunteer at Beaumont Hospital and Food Banks across metro Detroit 

Career Aspirations: I aspire to be a Cardiothoracic or Orthopedic Surgeon who works across the globe to provide for multiple patient populations. Additionally, I want to make medical aid more accessible for those in developing countries by reforming healthcare to create a more equitable future.


Shawn Goodman


Major: Neuroscience

Minor: Political Science

High School: Southgate Thomas J. Anderson High School, Southgate, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps, Michigan Army National Guard, Baseball, Bowling, and Soccer

Career aspiraions: I wish to complete the necessary training to become an orthopedic surgeon and practice in orthopedic sports medicine, and serve as a doctor in the US Army. Afterwards I wish to become an orthopedic doctor for the Detroit Tigers.

Sabrina Khan


Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: Anthropology

High School: Star International Academy, Dearborn Heights, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Undergraduate research assistance under Dr. Shane Perrine in WSU SOM's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Career aspiraions: I want to become a doctor who is able to connect with patients and be their hope for a better tomorrow. I also want to be able to integrate technology and medicine in order to provide the best care possible while always looking into the future.

Zahira Malik


Majors: Public Health

Minor: Psychology

High School: North Farmington High School, Farmington Hills, MI


Maryam Mufti


Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Public Health

High School: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), Aurora, IL

Extracurricular Engagements: Volunteering at the Karmanos Cancer Center, engaged in research on cytoskeletal proteins in Dr. J. P. Jin's lab

Career aspiraions: My goal is to be an orthopedic surgeon who also conducts research. I would also like to volunteer with Doctors Without Borders.

Kalyyanee Nanaaware


Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Global Health and Social Medicine

High School: Obra D. Tompkins High School, Katy, TX

Career aspiraions: I hope to become an impactful physician and bring change to medically underserved areas

Safia Yusuf

Major: Public Health

Minors: Biological Sciences and Urban Sustainability

High School: Dublin High School, Dublin, CA

Extracurricular Engagements: President of Nu Iota Sigma Sorority - Grand Alpha Chapter, Social Media Coordinator for WSU EduPartners, Member of Muslim Student Association (MSA), Indian Student Association (ISA) and Mental Health Matters (MHM), engaged in research in the RamLab, Volunteer TA for MCC Sunday School, Patient Sitter at Detroit Receiving

Career aspirations: Growing up, I saw the hardships the underserved go through to access healthcare. I want to become a physician leader that finds ways to help underserved patients and stands at the forefront of patient care and research.


2018 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Brandon Brown


Major: English

Minor: Chemistry

High School: White Station High School, Memphis, TN

Extracurricular Engagements: BIO 1050 Peer Mentor, WSU Boarding Club member, Cannibidiol (CBD) Anxiety Research, The Brotherhood @ WSU

Career aspiraions: I want to become a medical school teacher, or a teacher of resident doctors. I want to be involved with drug research within my career.

Hamza Hai

Major: Biochemistry and Chemical Biology and Neuroscience

Minor: Psychology

High School: Grand Blanc Community High School, Grand Blanc, MI

Zunaira Imran

Major: Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

Minors: Psychology and Spanish

High School: Franklin High School, Livonia, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of the Hispanic Club, the Muslim Student Association, and the Knitting and Crochet Club. Volunteering at the Sheikh Medical Center, Peer Mentor for the Med-Direct Learning Community

Career aspiraions: I aspire to be a physician-scientist, with a focus on neurosurgery and neurological diseases.

Ranya Krayem


Majors: Sociology and Neuroscience

High School: Stevenson High School, Livonia, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Student Life Director for WSU's Muslim Student Association (coordinate the Big Sib/Lil Sib Program), Social Media Coordinator for Students for Justice in Palestine, member of Future Pediatrics, Peer Mentor for Warrior VIP program and volunteering at DMC Children's Hospital of Michigan.

Career aspiraions: My ultimate goal is to become a pediatric physician, possibly specializing in Emergency Medicine or Orthopedics.

Pierce Krolewski


Major: Anthropology

Minor: Chemistry

High School: International Academy of Macomb, Clinton Township, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: New Student Orientation Leader, Pre-Professional Medical Society, volunteering at DMC Children's Hospital, Med-Life: volunteering in Lima, Peru, volunteering at the Democratic Presidential Debates 2019 in Detroit, Communication Lead for Students Demand Action

Career aspiraions: I am interested in going into a primary care field and also doing a fellowship in Global Health so that I can help address health disparities abroad.

Karly Patterson

Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Sepcial Education Certification

High School: Canton High School, Canton, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Vice President of Rising Black Medical Leaders, Emergency Room volunteering at Detroit Children's Medical Center

Career aspiraions: I aspire to work as a partnering physician at a pediatric clinic. I hope to mirror the long-lasting and inspirational relationship I have with my pediatrician, with future patients.

Breanna Ramsey

Major: Kinesiology-Exercise and Sports Science

Minor: Public Health

High School: Cass Technical High School, Detroit, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Rising Black Medical Leaders, engaged in research with the Department of Kinesiology, volunteering at the Campus Health Center

Career aspiraions: I plan on becoming a Family Medicine physician and work with low income communities. I also plan on researching various women's health issues.

Alyssa Rogers


Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Art

High School: Roseville High School, Roseville, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: La Vie Detroit, Keep Growing Detroit, volunteering at Wayne County Safe, engaged in Research at Wayne State School of Medicine Physiology Department

Career aspiraions: My career aspirations are to ultimately become an impactful community member for the city of Detroit. I plan to achieve this by being an emergency medicine physician, artist, advocate, and promoter of sustainability and urban farming.

Samaah Saifullah

Major: Psychology

Minors: Digital Arts & Photography and Film

High School: International Academy East, Troy, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Orientation Leader, member of the Campus Activities Team, Warrior VIP Peer Mentor, Wayne Med-Direct Peer Mentor

Career aspiraions: I plan on pursing a career in neurology or psychiatry with the hopes of practicing a hospital setting among other medical specialists.


2017 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Mohamed Al-Hassan


Major: Philosophy

Minor: Chemistry

High School: Dearborn High School, Dearborn, MI



Julia Chase


Major: Chemistry

Minors: Spanish and Art

High School: International Academy, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Detroit Institute of Arts Gallery Service Volunteer, Undergraduate Researcher in Chikungunya Anti-Infective Drug Design, Academic Success Center Tutor, Art Road Volunteer, Teaching Assistant for Spain Elementary, Scribe for Student Disability Services

Career aspiraions: I have a strong interest in infectious diseases as a career path, but I'm open to exploring different specialties in medical school. I know for sure I want to go into medical education, whether that be working at a teaching hospital, teaching classes as a professor, or doing community education.

Tabassum Chowdhury



Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Public Health

High School: International Academy East, Troy, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of Wayne State Campus Activities Team, PERIOD, RISE, Muslim Students Association, Dental Assistant at Happy Smile Family Dental, coach for the Muslim Interscholastic Tournament (MIST) for IA East

Shirley Elfishawy


Major: Public Health

Minor: Health Psychology and Fairy-Tale and Folklore Studies

High School: Utica Academy for International Studies, Sterling Heights, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Peer Mentor for Warrior Vision Impact Program (VIP), member of RISE and New Life, engagedin research in Detroit Young Adult Asthma Project (DYAAP), member of Future Pediatrics

Career aspiraions: As a physician, my goal is to go beyond strictly the medical role and be prepared to also help in the social aspects of the job. I molded my undergraduate career around social sciences and humanities as well as the natural sciences in order to learn more about interpersonal skills, because when patients feel comfortable with their doctor, they ultimately will receive better medical care.

Meyer Gershater


Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Public Health

High School: Academy For Health And Medical Sciences, Bridgewater, NJ

Extracurricular Engagements: Intramural Soccer, Indoor Soccer (Futsal), Spanish Club, Slavic Club, WSU Call Center, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

Janice Gibbons



Major: Biomedical Physics

High School: Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Marine City, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Volunteering at The Children's Center and Karmanos Cancer Institute, undergraduate researcher in Dark Matter particle physics


Priya Sharma


Major: Psychology

Minor: Chemistry

High School: Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA), Aurora, IL

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of pre-health professional fraternity Delta Epsilon Mu, engaged in psychology research on substance abuse at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Peer-Assisted Learning tutor, PASS mentor in the Psychology department

Career aspiraions: After living in Detroit, I have realized that not only is there a physician shortage in rural areas, but a lack of connection between communities and doctors. As a future physician, I would like to fill the gaps and provide better access to healthcare that many individuals are not able to maintain in rural communities.

Leah Warren



Major: History

High School: Seaholm High School, Birmingham, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Volunteer for the Michigan Humane Society, volunteering for the Detroit Film Theatre, conducting research on the social history of medicine, specifically in the relation to 19th century Irish public health, Co-founder of the Patriot Week Foundation to promote an understanding of American history and civics, forensic public speaking coach for high school students

Career aspiraions: I intend to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine. In addition, I hope to be an advocate for addressing health disparities through volunteer work.

Raisa Zahir


Major: Nutrition and Food Science

Minor: Chemistry

High School: Novi High School, Novi, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Engaged in research in Dr. Ahmad Heydari's NFS lab which focuses on the impact of Folic Acid (FA) fortification and its relation to cancer biology, volunteering at Children's Hospital of Michigan as a wayfinder for incoming patients, Vice President of Nourish Detroiters

Career aspiraions: Growing up with younger siblings, one of my childhood dreams has been to work in the field of pediatrics. Something else that is also extremely important to me is finding a way to give back to impoverished communities in third world countries; whether through Doctors Without Borders, or setting up my own organization in the future, I want to be able to provide free medical treatments for individuals who do not have access and cannot afford health care.

2016 Wayne Med-Direct scholars

Maya Baiyasi

Major: Psychology

Minor: Public Health

High School: Chaparral High School, Temecula, CA

Extracurricular Engagements: The W Food Pantry, Warrior VIP, FitKids360, MSA, Photography, Piano

Career aspiraions: I aspire to be a physician who not only leads through acquired knowledge, but through passion. Giving back to the city that taught me and practicing in an urban setting as whatever specialty I wish to pursue is the ultimate goal.

Kishwar Basith


Major: Public Health

Minor: Chemistry

High Schools: Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center, Warren, MI and Center Line High School, Center Line, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: The W Food Pantry, La Vie Détroit, The Listening, Party Research Assistant at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, Photographer

Career aspiraions: I hope to one day become a physician and give back to the community that raised me and helped make me who I am. The goal is to build a better future and ensure that those that come after me live in a better world than I did.

Jasmine Coles


Major: Biological Sciences

Minors: Health psychology and Public Health

High School: Utica Academy for International Studies, Sterling Heights, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: President Rising Black Medical Leaders, Director of Community Affairs WSU Student Senate, Peer Mentor Warrior VIP, Engaged in Ovarian Cancer Research, Honors Black Affinity Group member

Career aspiraions: I hope to be a fetal surgeon and tackle health disparities in the city of Detroit.

Myles Hardeman


Major: Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

Minor: Spanish

High School: Plymouth High School, Canton, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Public Heath/Psychology Research, Basketball, clinical work at a Primary Care Facility

Career aspiraions: I aspire to be a cardiovascular surgeon, an entrepreneur, and an activist for minority health.

Benjamin Huber


Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Public Health

High School: Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Physiology Research: Neural control of blood pressure under sedentary conditions, Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix medical staff, shadowing diagnostic and interventional radiology, tutor for SAT and ACT

Career aspiraions: I am planning on specializing in diagnostic and interventional radiology.

Rosetta Irons



Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Asian Studies

High School: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Bowie, MD

Extracurricular Engagements: Cancer Genomics research

Career aspiraions: To become a clinically oriented physician to whom patients feel comfortable entrusting their healthcare needs.

Cedric Mutebi


Major: Public Health

High School: The University of Detroit Jesuit High School, Detroit, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: The Brotherhood, University HOCPR Challenge, Warrior VIP, Downtown Youth Boxing Gym Program

Career aspiraions: I aspire to help create a medical community with a improved level of trust between minority communities and a world in which minority communities have an equitable opportunity to achieve optimal health.

Rebecca Schultz


Major: Nutrition and Food Science

High School: Cardinal Mooney Catholic High School, Marine City, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Engaged in research with Dr. Alana Conti in the Department of Neurosurgery, presented at various conferences, received research grants, and have publications in progress, mentor for FitKids360, volunteering at Michigan Humane Society and the Fresh Prescription Program, club volleyball at Wayne State, and CrossFit

Christofer Smith


Major: Public Health

Minor: Arabic

High School: Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Multicultural Greek Council Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated, Rising Black Medical Leaders, WSU Dungeons and Dragons

Career aspiraions: To become a physician servicing Detroit, Hamtramck, and Dearborn.