Julian Hinson is currently pursuing a medical doctorate at Meharry Medical College while developing both visual media and healthcare technology as a vehicle of care for the underserved. His path to medicine includes a 2010 B.A. in Chemistry and French language from Hope College, as well as a year-long internship as an emergency medical scribe in two ‘Twin Cities’ hospitals. He currently serves as the copy editor for Meharry‘s PULSE newsletter and recently joined the writing staff of MDlingo.com
Julian is passionate about applying the principles of ‘design thinking’ to the field of medicine, and when not in the clinic – he can usually be found pointing his camera or pen at the inspiring young-professionals he calls “The UnDetourred”. You can find both his and their stories at apptlychosen.wordpress.com.
Jay-Sheree Allen is a 3rd year medical student at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. She currently serves as the Student Vice President to Alumni Affairs in the Student Government and is the Community Service Chair for the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). She graduated from The City College of the City University of New York (CUNY) in May 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Magna Cum Laude.
She is the Founder and visionary behind the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, Women of Excellence, Strength & Tenacity, Incorporated (WEST) whose mission is to empower young women to develop their strengths and leadership abilities and live up to their highest potential. She fulfilled a one year commitment with Jumpstart Americorps in New York City and taught biology and chemistry classes in Tanzania, Africa to over 150 young women in a Girls Empowerment Science Camp.
Andrew Marshall is a medical student at Meharry Medical College and a member of the graduating class of 2015. He is an Ingram Scholarship Recipient, and at this time he serves as President for the Medical Class of 2015. In May 2010 he graduated from Oakwood University in Huntsville, AL with a B.S. in Computer Science.
Andrew is a tinkerer, programmer, athlete, gamer, and future ER physician. Hailing from the small island of Barbados, he now calls Nashville home. He loves to travel, and enjoys the occasional game of tennis. Having worked before medical school as a Software Engineer, he has a specific interest in medical technologies and hopes to one day use them to revolutionize medicine in the developing world.
Healthcare disparities are often marked with very thin lines. Here in Nashville, our team daily crosses one named Charlotte Avenue. Its four lanes signal a transition from ubiquitous organic grocers and hot-yoga clubs to food deserts and decaying parks plagued by violence. We each chose to learn the medical arts in this environment however, hoping that by training among North Nashville’s safety-net populace we would have the best chance of impacting its health on a grand scale. The brand of care we aim to deliver provides culturally and linguistically tailored medicine to groups with no choice as though they had every option. This is not a distant, lofty goal – it is a daily mission born of and practiced through our experiences.
As a pre-med, Jay Sheree Allen founded Women of Excellence, Strength and Tenacity, Inc. (WEST), a 501(c)3 nonprofit designed to empower the young women of Harlem to develop their leadership abilities. Bolstered by her background as a Jamaican immigrant, she drove programming that brought modern health education to a community largely untouched by it. Her focus on the underserved led her to Tanzania, where she spent a month teaching both chemistry and biology in Girl’s Empowerment Science Camps. Her zeal for combating women’s health disparities is only matched by the problem-solving prowess of Andrew Marshall. After witnessing the hurdles fielded by U.S. physicians working to save his father’s life, ‘Drew’ committed himself to delivering the innovations of modern healthcare to such under-equipped arenas as his native Barbados. Armed with a degree in computer science, he applied his knowledge of code to medicine; developing apps that educate medical students, improve patient care, and support Meharry’s first student-run clinic. While competent physicians inspired Drew to approach problems from new angles, under-exposed patients drove Julian Hinson’s desire to see simple solutions applied broadly. While shadowing doctors in Accra, Ghana, Julian received word that his uncle had died of a heart-attack in the same city. Bystanders ignorant of CPR had doused him with water before calling a makeshift ambulance – a taxi honking its horn endlessly. Returning to the states, Julian took notice of the impact of health media; from magazine ads explaining “What Drowning Really Looks Like” to the impact of the “Truth” anti-smoking campaigns. This led him to pursue both graphic design and photography as tools of patient education.
Despite our various backgrounds, our desire to cross the boundaries of healthcare is shared, as is our appreciation for the lessons learned during international experiences. The Timmy Global Health Challenge offers a unique opportunity to not only deliver care to the underserved, but to formulate our own strategies to meet the needs of our patients. Medicine is not a calling for the prepared, but rather prepares the called. The Global Health Challenge is another piece of that training, a chance for us to extend our social, technical and creative skills in addition to our medical knowledge to erase yet another line.