Preston ButlerIntern, Program for LGBTI Health (Summer 2017)
Preston is a rising senior studying Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Dallas. He hopes to attend medical school after graduation and become a physician. He’s not sure about specialties, but he’s interested in primary care and pediatrics. Preston has done lots of work on system-level approaches to ensure patients feel welcome in a healthcare setting, because healthcare access is so hurt by stigma and the fear to seek treatment. He’s also interested in community sexual health projects like HIV prevention and reproductive justice. Preston is currently working to complete the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), a national survey from the Human Rights Campaign to gauge the inclusivity and quality of LGBTI care provided at hospitals across the country. He’s also working with a variety of departments to make VUMC a more welcoming space for LGBTI patients to find the care they need. He’s excited to learn best clinical practices for LGBTI care so he can employ them in his own future as a physician. He’s also happy to connect with so many wonderful physicians and staff at Vanderbilt!
Jimmy DingIntern, Trans Buddy Program (Summer 2017)
Jimmy is a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Biology. He currently serves as a lead volunteer at the Trevor Project, where he increases the program's capacity to serve LGBTQ youth in crisis, and as a phlebotomist on his college campus. Interested in pursuing a career in medicine, he is passionate about improving the relationship between LGBTQ people and healthcare, and hopes to improve healthcare equity from within the system.
Sami HellerIntern, Program for LGBTI Health (Summer 2017)
Sami is a rising Junior at Vanderbilt University pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Women and Gender Studies. Interested in a career in medicine, she is working on a study to determine how disclosure of sexual and gender minority status to healthcare providers affects long-term healthcare outcomes, as well as working on a project utilizing natural language processing to identify transgender patients in electronic records. Sami is excited to use the knowledge she gains to help make the healthcare system more welcoming and accessible for LGBTQI+ patients in the future.
David HonorioIntern, Program for LGBTI Health (Summer 2017)
David is currently a senior at Florida Atlantic University double majoring in biology and sociology. He currently serves under the dean of diversity at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine as one of the LGBT health curriculum committee members. He works in developing a comprehensive and in-depth educational experience for the medical students to become trained in LGBT Health. He hopes to continue his work with the LGBT community and in educating future healthcare providers. For the summer internship, he is working on updating our current training for healthcare professionals and developing provider training modules for Coursera. He is super excited to learn how to effectively educate and train future healthcare providers.
Cali KirkhamIntern, Program for LGBTI Health (Summer 2017)
Cali is entering her second year of medical school and Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, Tx. She is pursuing an MD/MPH and planning on specializing in infectious disease and trans health. In her career she wants to work closely with LGBT, specifically trans, patients. For the summer LGBTI Health internship, she is currently working on several projects: writing a systematic review on identifying transgender patients in electronic records, using natural language processing to identify trans patients, and creating a brochure for interviewing residents of LGBTI resources and activities at Vanderbilt and in Nashville. She's super exciting to learn about writing a manuscript.
Julian SunIntern, Program for LGBTI Health (Summer 2017)
Julian graduated from Vanderbilt University in May 2017 with a double major in Women’s and Gender studies and Communication studies. They want to work with LGBT communities in their future career. For their summer internship, they are working on social media; capturing data regarding presentations, publications, and referral calls for LGBTI Health records; helping with Trans Buddy, a patient advocacy program supporting transgender patients; creating various trainings; and other projects. They’re excited to gain new skills to help communities in need.