Making Medicine Equal

Executive Committee Members

Mandeep Bajwa- Executive Committee Lead

Mandeep Bajwa is a native of a small northern California town, Yuba City. He completed his undergraduate studies at UCSD majoring in Human Biology and a minor in Healthcare and Social Issues. When he isn’t studying for exams he loves to spend time playing the guitar, napping on the beach, and traveling to other countries. He is very passionate about working with the next generation of leaders by volunteering his time tutoring students in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego in addition to working with students at San Ysirdro High School. He also helps manage the Ophthalmology clinics at the UCSD Student Run Free Clinic. Over the summer Mandeep was a legislative intern at the State Capitol in Sacramento. He learned about how state government operates and the influence that health professionals have on important legislation. He aspires to become a physician that works with underserved populations, mentoring high school students, and an active player in forming health policy at both the state and national level.






Theresa Whitchurch- Fundraising Chair


Theresa Whitchurch is a current second year medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is currently involved in Free Clinic as a continuity manager with a focus on helping those who can apply and receive insurance and establish care with community health centers around San Diego. Growing up in rural Northern California, her focus throughout schooling has been on how her education can help her better serve her community. After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2011 she returned to her hometown and worked at a local hospital. Seeing the health disparities rural communities faced first hand inspired her to apply to medical school in hopes of returning to a rural community as a much needed health care professional.

Priyanka  Patel- Conference Programs

Priyanka Patel is a second-year student at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. She received a B.S. in General Biology from UC San Diego and an M.S. in Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy from Georgetown University. Priyanka serves as a co-chair in Border Health Project, Nutrition Kitchen Project, and the Women's Clinic at the UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic. In her career, she hopes to support the strengthening of policies, public health initiatives, and health systems to alleviate disparities in underserved communities




Evaline Cheng- Logistics Lead


Evaline Cheng is a second year medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine. As a part of the Global Health Academic Concentration, she has been interested in global health inequities and spent the past summer researching cardiovascular risk and obesity in Chile. She also volunteers as a renal specialty clinic manager at the UC San Diego Student-Run Free Clinic. She studied Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University and worked in health policy in Washington D.C. before moving back to California. Outside of medicine, she loves going on outdoor adventures, learning new things, and eating spicy food.







Shanon Astley- Internal Communications Lead


Shanon Astley is a second year medical student at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and a National Health Service Corp Scholar. She grew up in Sacramento and attended UC Davis for undergraduate where she majored in biochemistry and molecular biology. She volunteered two years with Safer Alternative Through Education, a syringe exchange in Sacramento while managing an Alzheimer’s unit in an assisted living community. These life experiences as well as her dedication to underserved work has very excited about the opportunity to work with young and aging patients as a family medicine physician in medically underserved areas, specifically with sex worker and injection drug using committees.






Michelle Keyser- External Communications Lead

Michelle Keyser is a second year medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine. She is originally from Northern California and went to college at UC Berkeley. She has been interested in the systemic factors that dictate health for many years, studying medical and cultural anthropology and doing medical outreach in Vietnam in college.  Her professional interests include healthcare policy, patient-centered care focused on quality of life, and social determinants of health. She is currently involved in the UCSD Free Clinic where she focuses on providing continuity care to medically complex patients, access to healthy foods through a food bank service, and healthy cooking classes for patients. Over the summer, she was involved in a clinical externship in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation which focuses on the quality of life of patients with movement disorders, degenerative disorders and severe traumatic injuries. In the future she hopes to be able to bring together her interests into a specialty and practice that will allow her to address all aspects of a patient’s health. 

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