Current students

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

High School: Carlson High School, Gibraltar, MI


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


Dickson Mogaka


Major: Nutrition and Food Science

Minor: Chemistry

High School: Eton academy, Birmingham, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of the Rising Medical Black Leaders, volunteering at Exercise Physiology Lab, member of Swing Dancing club

Career aspiraions: I aspire to be a cardiovascular surgeon

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

Jacqueline-Pearl Swann


Major: Psychology

Minor: Asian Studies

High School: Ambridge Area High School, Ambridge, PA


Safia Yusuf


Major: Public Health

Minors: Biology

High School: Dublin High School, Dublin, CA 

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of pre-health organizations on campus including AMWA, AMSA, PPMS, and HOSA, engaged in research in the Physiology Department at the School of Medicine

Career aspiraions: Growing up, I've seen 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

Kahlid Ali

Major: Public Health

Minor: Digital Art and Photography

High School: Renaissance High School, Detroit, MI

Extracurricular Engagements:

Public Health Researcher for The Listening Party, a student organization dedicated to analyzing popular Rap/R&B artists' lyrics in a public health context, engaged in a research project that focuses on Mother-Child Interactions and Psychology


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.

Elizabeth Spisak



Major: Biological Sciences

Minor: Asian Studies and Public Health

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

Extracurricular Engagements: Wayne State University Marching Band, The Solanus Project, Circle K International

Career aspiraions: After graduating from medical school, I want to specialize in anesthesiology. I would love to be able to practice at a hospital right here in Detroit, since it is very close to my family and I absolutely love the city.

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.

Ali Fleih

Major: Biological Sciences

High School: Central Academy, Ann Arbor, MI

Extracurricular Engagements: Member of MEDLIFE and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Volunteering at Detroit Medical Center

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.