An award from health insurance provider Kaiser Permanente will bring third-year College of Medicine student Carmen Javier “one step closer to home, family and the Latinx community.”
The Californian is one of 30 recipients of the competitive Kaiser Permanente Northern California Medical Student Scholarship. The awards are scheduled to be presented at a banquet in the San Francisco Bay area on Saturday, September 12.
As a scholarship recipient, Javier is encouraged to complete a one-month elective at one of Kaiser’s Northern California facilities between now and the middle of her final year of medical school – next year.
Javier said, “I hope to take this scholarship opportunity to participate in an internal medicine sub-internship opportunity with Kaiser Permanente Oakland and/or San Francisco. Both of these IM residency programs offer combined Master of Public Health degree tracks with an emphasis in health disparities and preventative medicine. I would like to get an in-person experience at the depth of opportunity these programs offer through an M4 sub-internship, as I am hopeful that this pathway will be a great fit for my career interests and my heartfelt desire to return to serve my Latinx community in California.”
A student leader
When Javier came to NEOMED, she led the charge to start a student chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association—a group that continues to serve Northeast Ohio by providing services such as interpretation assistance during medical visits and staffing at health fairs for the underserved. On campus, Javier and the LMSA have raised the Latino profile through an international festival and observances of Dia de las Muertos (Day of the Dead).