Who we are


Our mentors are UCSF graduate students from all five health professional schools: Nursing, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Physical Therapy, and Medicine. Each mentor is paired with a single high school student. During Saturday sessions, mentors accompany their mentees throughout the day's activities and workshops. Outside of Saturday sessions, mentors serve as a resource to help their mentees navigate high school and set them up for success in their academic and extracurricular endeavors.


Carolina Ornelas

UCSF School of Medicine, Class of 2020

Carolina Ornelas was born and raised in the Bay Area and considers Brentwood, CA her home. In 2015, she graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology, concentrating in Health Disparities in Gender and Ethnicity. Currently, she is a first year medical student at UCSF in the PRIME (Program in Medical Education for the Urban Underserved) program. Like her PRIME peers, she is committed to medically serving and advocating for the Bay Area’s urban underserved communities. Carolina has been fortunate in having several influential mentors and is passionate about now giving back and mentoring students who, like herself, are underrepresented in medicine, the first in their family to go to college and/or go into medicine, or come from underserved backgrounds. 


Eric Ronne

UCSF School of Medicine, Class of 2019

“HealthLink has been one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my time in medical school so far. It provides a unique opportunity for everyone involved, from our high school students to UCSF students in medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, dentistry and nursing, to share what we love about health. Each team of mentors and mentees get to explore exciting workshops on health sciences and careers in health in fun and exciting ways.” 





Our mentees are high school students from communities around the Bay Area that seek to explore their interests in health professional careers. They are students that are motivated to pursue their dreams by attending college and beyond.