Student Spotlight

Ronkino McCoy

Ronkino McCoy

Ronkino McCoy is a second-year medical student from Malden, Missouri. McCoy serves as treasurer for the Military Medicine Interest Group and the American Medical Student Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Edwards University in Austin and served eight years as a medic in the U.S. Army. This summer, McCoy is conducting research on improving the care of trauma patients at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon.

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Adriana Saavedra-Simmons

Adriana Saavedra-Simmons

Adriana Saavedra-Simmons is a second-year medical student from Edinburg, Texas. She serves on the executive board of the UTRGV School of Medicine Student-Run Clinic, is a Student Ambassador, a student representative on the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Organization of Student Representatives for the Class of 2022, community service chair of the Latino Medical Student Association and a member of the Minority Advancement in Medicine. She is interested in hematology and will spend this summer conducting pediatric leukemia research at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital.

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Vanessa Sanchez

Vanessa Sanchez

Vanessa Sanchez, a first-year medical student from McAllen, Texas, is the academic chair for the Class of 2022 and a member of the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Student Government Association. She completed her undergraduate degree from UTRGV. Sanchez’s clinical interest is in obstetrics and gynecology and is interested in community-based research for health issues that affect the Rio Grande Valley.

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Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller

Sarah Miller, a second-year medical student at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. Before coming to medical school, Sarah worked as an EMT in Fort Worth, Texas, and received her Master of Public Health in Global Health Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Though she has lived all over the country, Sarah considers Grapevine, Texas, her hometown. She currently serves as the Student Government Association Treasurer, a Student Ambassador, and the Immediate Past President of the Texas Medical Association/American Medical Association chapter. Sarah’s research interests include global health and the ways in which barriers to healthcare can be addressed in underserved communities both in the U.S. and abroad.

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Areeb Masood

Areeb Masood

Areeb Masood, a first-year medical student from Austin, Texas, is the academic chair for the Class of 2022 and was recently elected as student body president for the UTRGV School of Medicine. Masood’s research interests include food insecurity and the social determinants of health that contribute to food insecurity. He, along with other first-year medical students, are involved in a student-led research project focusing on food insecurity among pediatric patients in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Patrick Ojeaga

Patrick Ojeaga

Patrick Ojeaga is a second-year medical student from McAllen, Texas. Patrick currently serves as the American Medical Association/Texas Medical Association (AMA/TMA) chapter president, Student Ambassador, and as a Peer Tutor. He completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Texas at Austin and his interests are in the specialties of orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology and neurosurgery.

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D’Andrea Ceasar

D’Andrea Ceasar

D’Andrea Ceasar is a second-year medical student from Houston, Texas. Ceasar currently serves as vice president of the Women’s Health Interest Group and the Emergency Medicine Interest Group, as well as the SNMA liaison for Minority Advancement in Medicine, head girl for the Academic Houses of Success and is a peer tutor. She completed her undergraduate studies at Baylor University and her main research interests are maternal mortality rates and pre-mature birth rates among African American women.

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Chelsea Peterson

Chelsea Peterson

Meet Chelsea Peterson, a second-year medical student from Littleton, Colorado. Peterson attended Baylor University and has an interest in researching public health and how it is used to reduce health disparities. Peterson recently was elected to serve as president of the Student Government Association.

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Shea-Lynn Hopson

Shea-Lynn Hopson

Shea-Lynn Hopson is a second-year student at The University of Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine. She is a career changer and started her journey into medicine by becoming an EMT-basic in Austin, Texas. Though she was born in Detroit, Michigan, she considers Evansville, Indiana her hometown. Shea-Lynn attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and has an interest in emergency medicine and urology.

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Baine Herrera

Baine Herrera

Baine Herrera, a second-year medical student at the UTRGV School of Medicine, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. At UT Austin, he helped investigate new techniques in cancer cell detection. Before applying for medical school, Herrera worked for Houston Methodist Hospital and Legacy Community Health—one of Texas’s largest Federally Qualified Health Centers. At Methodist, Herrera researched and published the organization’s 2013 Community Health Needs Assessments—one for each of the five Houston Methodist hospitals. At Legacy, Herrera served as the government grants writer, where he helped secure 35 awards totaling $23 million dollars in federal, state, county, and city grant awards that supported community health initiatives. His medical interests include Urology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Anesthesia, Surgery, and Internal Medicine. Currently he serves as president of the School of Medicine’s Student Government Association.

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