SJV Prime Matriculating Class of 2020

 

Inderpreet

Inderpreet Bal

Born in Selma, California and raised in the neighboring city of Kingsburg, Inderpreet is the daughter of two Sikh immigrant farmers. Living her whole life in the San Joaquin Valley, Inderpreet has been able to familiarize herself with the region’s current healthcare system as well as local healthcare disparities. Her passion to help advance healthcare in the SJV is ignited by several personal experiences she underwent while caring for her terminally ill mother. The end of her mother’s life journey and Inderpreet’s vision to deliver the highest possible level of patient care is what motivates her to return to the SJV; her goal is to help serve and advance healthcare in the highly underserved region she has always called her home.

Dariush

Dariush Bazyani

Raised in Fresno, California, Dariush was exposed to medicine at a young age by his father, a pediatrician who has been serving the Central Valley for years. His interest in medicine grew as he began volunteering in a student-run free clinic during college. There, he was introduced to the health disparities that exist within vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. As a result, Dariush learned about the significant role that the social determinants of health played in the lives of the patients he met. His experiences in the free clinic have stimulated a passion and drive to mitigate adverse social determinants of health, especially those unique to the region. In the future, Dariush hopes to deliver equitable healthcare to the residents of his hometown and across the San Joaquin Valley.

Seerut

Seerut Bhullar

Seerut was raised in Clovis, California, and was introduced to medicine at a young age. She majored in economics at Boston University and came to appreciate how economics and healthcare intertwine. Returning to the San Joaquin Valley as an emergency department scribe, she saw firsthand how economic issues, such as the physician shortage, impeded patient care. Moreover, she saw how other social determinants of health, such as the language barriers faced by her Punjabi-speaking family and a significant number of patients in the emergency department, also prevented healthcare access. In the future, Seerut hopes to return to the San Joaquin Valley as a physician and to provide health education and resources to underserved populations. 

Alli

Alli Gomez

Alli Gomez was born in Turlock, California and lived there until she began college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During her time at UC Santa Barbara, Alli participated in many volunteer activities, worked as a preschool teaching assistant and as a medical assistant at a pediatrician's office, and studied the effects of climate change and tropical storms on coral reefs in Costa Rica. Alli graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2019 with a degree in Biological Sciences. Her main career goal is to return to Turlock as a physician in order to address the shortage of medical providers that is currently affecting the Central Valley. She is passionate about bringing health education and advocacy back to her hometown, and hopes to serve her community as a physician, educator, and community leader. Outside of school she enjoys yoga, crafting, reading, taking care of her many plants, and petting dogs and cats. She is excited to begin the journey of giving back to the Central Valley along with her SJV PRIME classmates.

Francisco

Francisco Gomez-Alvarado

Fresno holds a special place in Francisco’s heart as it was where his family settled down after immigrating from Mexico. Francisco studied biophysics for his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the perk of enjoying his mother’s fantastic cooking on a more regular basis, Francisco chose to attend UCSF and train in the Valley for the opportunity to develop a voice in places where he felt he didn’t have one growing up. During his training, Francisco hopes to learn how to conduct meaningfully impactful research, become a competent physician, and above all else, strive to be a good person that is constant to his roots.

Charis

Charis Hoppe

Charis grew up in Merced, California, where she spent most days swimming to beat the Central Valley heat. Her water affinity led her to UC Santa Barbara, where she studied Cell & Developmental Biology and competed on the swimming team. Originally working in public health research, Charis decided to pursue medicine after meeting physicians who inspired her to change routes. Through volunteering in free clinics and abroad in Ethiopia, she witnessed health disparities but also saw how excellent medicine can change not only people's lives, but entire communities. Her inspirations for medicine include her Lola, an immigrant and nurse, her parents, a pastor and a high school teacher, as well as the many educators and coaches that raised her. As part of SJV PRIME, she aims to become a physician who brings high-quality care to the very people who have shaped her into the person she is today.

Kiranjot

Kiranjot Kaur

Kiranjot was born in India and grew up in Fresno, California. She initially became interested in medicine after a family member was diagnosed with epilepsy. During college, different clinical experiences and community engagement projects reaffirmed her interest in becoming a physician and she also developed a strong passion for working with underserved communities. As a part of the Diversity in Medicine program at UC Irvine, she learned about various health disparities faced by many minorities and underserved populations, such as those in Fresno. Kiranjot believes that adequate healthcare should be accessible to all people. As a part of the SJV PRIME program, she hopes to gain the knowledge to provide the best quality of care for the Central Valley and to be an advocate for health equity.

Vanessa

Vanessa Mora

Vanessa was born and raised in Fowler, CA, a small farm town in the Central Valley. She is the daughter of two Mexican immigrants and the second in her family to pursue higher education. In 2015, she earned her B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from UC Santa Barbara. After graduating, Vanessa has been involved in clinical work, community outreach, and mentorship of underrepresented minority students. Most recently, Vanessa worked as a clinical research coordinator assistant for UCSF at San Francisco General Hospital. In her free time, she enjoys reading, walking her dog Maverick, and visiting loved ones. Vanessa is passionate about working with the underserved and is looking forward to returning to the Central Valley to help address health inequities. She is thrilled to be part SJV PRIME and is looking forward to giving back to her community.

Jacob

Jacob Perez-Stringer

Jacob is a small, rural town boy who was told he didn’t have the grades to become a nurse when enrolling to the local community college. He developed a passion for science in college and now he's here–an M.D. candidate at UCSF. He loves animals, he tries to spend a lot of his time outdoors/being active, he enjoys interacting with people, he rarely takes himself seriously, and he plays sports whenever/wherever he can.

Kyle

Kyle Shen 

Kyle was born in Merced, California and attended UC Merced where he studied Molecular and Cell Biology. Growing up in the Central Valley, he saw how the physician shortage affected his friends and family, which started his interest in medicine. In high school and college, he volunteered in the Intensive Care Unit at his local hospital where he directly saw how a lack of physicians affected the healthcare system, leading him to pursue medicine. In the future, he hopes to practice medicine in his hometown and help the underserved community in the Central Valley.

Christopher

Christopher Teran

Christopher is originally from the Central Valley Town of Patterson, California. Inspired by the impact of the local doctors and the difference they made in the eyes of his family and community, he decided to pursue a career in medicine. Born into a Latin-American immigrant family, he became a first generation college student when he enrolled at Yale University, majoring in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. While at Yale, eager to learn more about the scientific side of medicine, he conducted research on Alzheimer’s Disease. After earning his bachelor’s degree, Christopher continued to explore biomedical research and was involved a variety of projects at Stanford University ranging from lung development to treatments for Cystic Fibrosis. Having seen the barriers faced by members of his own community and family, Christopher also worked to increase accessibility to healthcare by serving as a Spanish-English Medical Interpreter at free clinics and emergency rooms. He is thrilled to begin his journey as an SJV PRIME medical student and hopes to use his career to serve as a doctor providing and improving healthcare in Central Valley communities.

Sam

Sam Vydro

Samuel Vydro was born and raised in Fresno, California to a family of Russian immigrants with his mother being an internist and father working as a psychiatrist. Throughout his childhood, he saw many medical providers in the Central Valley and was inspired by their service to the culturally diverse community that made his family feel welcome. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, exploring animal behavior both in California and abroad in Mo’orea, French Polynesia. In the future, he hopes to combine the research skills he has obtained thus far and the compassion that has been inspired by the physicians around him to return to the Valley for his medical education and subsequent career, working to help overcome healthcare disparities.