We are excited to announce our ninth chapter of Citizen Physicians right before the general election! Founded by five amazing medical students at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.
Kevin Xie: President
Kevin Xie studied Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He grew up in New Jersey and was involved in student-run non-profit organizations throughout his undergraduate career. There, he found his passion at a cross between health, and medicine, and service to marginalized communities. His longitudinal advocacy work throughout his years at Rutgers centered on a partnership with Change-A-Life Uganda, a grassroots organization that focuses on women and children’s education in rural Uganda. Kevin believes that health advocacy can make a tangible change for those abroad and for those in the States. He is excited for Citizen Physicians to take off at Jefferson because he knows that the passion and the capacity for change is present in Philadelphia.
William England: Treasurer
William grew up in New Mexico and left for college in Texas. After graduating, he moved to Philadelphia and worked for several years before starting school at SKMC. William is excited about being involved with Citizen Physicians and their work educating future physicians on basic civics. "Often times local and state programs are a forgotten, but important, area for physician involvement and I am excited to be a part of helping the SKMC community make those connections."
Joshua Wynne: Outreach Chair
Joshua Wynne is a second-year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. Originally from New Jersey, he attended college at Northwestern University, graduating with a major in psychology and a minor in global health. His interest in global and public health grew out of his studies in global health, particularly when he was able to study about global health systems and health disparities for a semester during his junior year at Sciences Po in Paris. He hopes to combine his interests with public health with the practice of medicine during his career.
Helen Xu: Programming Chair
Helen Xu grew up in Connecticut and attended Yale University, where she studied Psychology. Helen has worked in various fields, from psychiatry research to urban education. Her interest in citizen engagement developed when she lived in New York City and was surrounded daily by diversity, but also by vast inequities. "In caring for our future patients, as much as we might like to focus on pathologies, diagnosis, and treatment, we are also aware that our patients and our practices do not exist in a vacuum. Our work involves our local communities, our larger society, the economy, and the laws that govern us. Citizen Physicians is a way for us to engage in matters that will directly affect us, our patients, and our work in real and tangible ways."
Melissa Chai: Programming Chair
Melissa Chai grew up on the east coast, went to undergrad on the west coast and now is finally back on the east coast for med school. She is passionate about population health and interested in health policy. She is excited to be a part of Citizen Physicians to increase civic engagement among healthcare students and providers at Thomas Jefferson University.
Welcome to the family, Jeff!