University of California, Riverside

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HPAC Peer Mentors


Utilizing a Peer Mentor

Peer mentors are successful pre-health students enthusiastic about sharing their experiences with you. The HPAC peer mentor cohort is highly involved in campus organizations, community programs, and research.  These students share information and provide guidance and encouragement to help you become a well-rounded student and competitive applicant to health professions programs. Students can utilize peer mentors on a drop-in basis to discuss relevant opportunities, such as service, leadership, research experiences and suggestions for success in academic coursework.  Peer mentors share professional interests in health careers ranging from medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, public health, optometry, physician assistant, physical therapy, and veterinary medicine. 

  • Students who have attended an HPAC "Introduction to Health Professions Workshop" may utilize a peer mentor during their drop-in hours - referred to as "Ask a Peer Mentor".
  • Updated peer mentor availability is posted at the beginning of each quarter.
  • If you have basic questions about health profession requirements or becoming more involved, drop by and talk to a peer mentor at your convenience. If you have in-depth questions about courses, long-term career planning, or more personal topics, our professional advisors offer scheduled appointments.
  • HPAC does not hold Ask-A-Peer-Mentor Hours for Summer Quarter. We will resume Ask-A-Peer-Mentor Hours during Fall Quarter.
  • For more information about our peer mentor program, view our peer mentor brochure.Ask a Peer Mentor Schedule 2017-2018

2017-2018 HPAC Peer Mentors

Dentistry  

Michael Kirollos

Michael Kirollos

3rd Year, Biology 

Current research with Dr. Ted Garland's Lab - Physiology and Morphology of Mice

Current Early Assist Peer Educator - ARC

Former Orange County Global Medical Center Volunteer

Current University Honors Program

Current Future Dentist Club Member

Current Coptic Club Member 

Current Intramural Basketball - Team Captain

Former SHPEP at Western University of Health Sciences

Former Biology 5A Learning Assistant

 

 

 

   

Medicine

Christian Agatep

4th Year, Biology

Former Dr. Gu Lab -Small RNA Undergraduate Researcher

Current Student Alumni Association President

Current San Bernardino Free Clinic Physician Coordinator

Current San Bernardino Free Clinic Community Outreach Committee

Current Academic Resource Center Supplemental Instruction Leader

Current Mini Medical School HIV/AIDS Project Leader

Former Student Alumni Association Medical Career Conference Chair

Current Riverside Health Connect Member

Current Riverside Unified School District AVID Tutor

Current Kindling Intellectual Development Mentor and Former Counselor

Current Riverside Community Hospital Health Scholar

Former Pain Medicine Medical Clinic Intern

Alexis Castillo

Alexis Castillo Quinones

4th Year, Biology

Current Mini Medical School Director of Research

Current Mini Medical School HIV/AIDS Awareness Member

Current Mini Medical School Nutrition Awareness Member

Current Riverside Health Connect Vice President

Former Riverside Health Connect Director of Finance

Current Riverside Free Clinic MedSpa Committee Member

Current San Bernardino Free Clinic Patient Advocate

Current Moreno Valley Emerging Leaders Council Student Clerk

Former Loma Linda University Health Patient Unit Volunteer

Former Riverside University Health System Pediatrics Clinic Shadow

Former Future Physician Leaders 2015-2016

 

Manparbodh Kaur

Manparbodh Kaur

4th Year, Neuroscience

Current Cornerstone Free Clinic Volunteer

Current Saltzman Lab Research Assistant

Current Mini Medical School (MMS) Director of External Affairs

Current ARC Peer Educator

Current Phlebotomy Licensure

Former MMS Autism Project Leader

Former Shadower - Dr. Vir Nanda

Former American Red Cross Vice President

Former American Red Cross Outreach Officer

Former Dr. Karin Li Medical Clinic Intern

Former Red Cross Leadership Development Camp Intern

Former Residential Services Assistant

Former Future Physician Leader

 

patrick samones

Patrick Samones

4th Year, Biology

Current Mini Medical School Media Coordinator

Current Mini Medical School HIV/AIDS Awareness Member

Current Riverside Health Connect President

Former Riverside Health Connect Director of Technology

Current Riverside Free Clinic Lung Health Committee Member

Current San Bernardino Free Clinic Education Committee Member

Current ARC Supplemental Instruction Leader

Current Moreno Valley Emerging Leaders Council Student Vice Mayor

Former Loma Linda University Health Patient Unit Volunteer

 

Former Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity Media Chair

Former Moreno Valley Unified School District College AVID Tutor

Future Physician Leaders 2015-2016

somiya maheshwari

Somiya Maheshwari

4th Year, Biology 

Current Sexual Assault Victim Advocate at Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center

Current Clinic Coordinator at Bhagat Puran Singh Health Initiative (BPSHI) Free Clinic

Current Founding Member at AAUS Women of Color in Medicine Research

Current ARC Supplemental Instruction Leader

Current English Speaking Mentor and Tutor at North High School

Former Service Mentor at University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) AmeriCorp

Former Vice President of Programming of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity

Former President of The Literacy Initiative

Former Glen Mor Residential Advisor

Former Health Scholar at COPE Health Solutions

grace lee

Grace Lee

4th Year, Business Economics

Current ARC Supplemental Instruction Leader

Current AmeriCorps Tutor

Current American Medical Student Association Club Secretary

Current research with Dr. Larsen Lab - Wittig Reactions

Current Phi Beta Kappa member

Former Cope Health Scholar

 

arpita gupta

Arpita Gupta

4th Year, Biology

Current Resident Advisor, Pentland Hills

Current Riverside University Health System Volunteer

Current Mini Medical School Wellness Group Member

Current New Hope Free Clinic Volunteer

Former University Honors Ambassador

Former Future Physician Leaders

Former MSRIP Summer Research Program

Former Dr. Liu Lab - Department of Bioengineering

Former Dr. Messaoudi Lab - Biomedical Sciences Research

hyemin kim

Hyemin Kim

4thYear, Biology

Former University Honors Media Team writer

Former American Medical Women's Association Secretary

Current American Medical Women's Association President

Current San Bernardino Free Clinic Research Assistant

Current Academic Resource Center Tutor

Current University Honors Program

Current Mini Medical School HIV/AIDS project member

Current Redlands Community Hospital volunteer

Current Undergraduate Education Research Mini-Grant recipient

Ryan Kim

4th Year, Biology

Current Academic Resource Center, Supplemental Instruction Leader

Current CNAS Science Ambassador

Current Loma Linda Medical Research Volunteer

Former APSP Peer Mentor

Current Dr. Rosenbaum Lab - Metacognition

Current Kindling Intellectual Development Volunteer

Current Riverside Free Clinic Volunteer

Former Health Scholar

Former San Bernardino Free Clinic Volunteer

Former iDiscover Camp Counselor

Optometry

tahani ali

Tahani Ali

3rd Year, Microbiology

Current Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center Volunteer

Former Muscular Dystrophy Assn. Summer Camp Counselor

Current Vision Enhancement Center of Optometry Intern

Former Bilingualism, Mind, and Brain Lab Research Assistant

Current Precision For Vision (Pre-Optometry) Club Publicity Chair

Former Not So Sharp (A Cappella) General Club Member

Current Eye-C-You Optometry Inc. Intern

Former Tecate Free Eye Clinic Volunteer

Current CALPIRG Club Member

 

   

Pharmacy

norint tung

Norint Tung

4th Year, Chemistry

Current CVS Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician

Former Academic Resource Center Tutor

Current Dr. Morton Lab - Organic Chemistry Research

Current Future P.I.L.L.S. President, Former Vice President and Ambassador

Current Chemistry Club Member

Current California State Board of Pharmacy, Licensed Pharmacy Technician

Current Kindling Intellectual Development Member

Former Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA) Member

Current CNAS Science Ambassador

Current RUHS - Medical Center Pharmacy Volunteer

Current Model Minority (Improv Club) Member

Current Weightlifting Club, Member

 julia ho

JULIA HO

4th Year, Biology

Current Riverside Free Clinic, Pharmcy Volunteer

Current Student Alumni Association Director of Career Conference

Current CNAS Science Ambassador

Current Academic Resource Center Early Assist Peer Educator

Current Mini Medical School, HIV/AIDS Member

Former COPE Health Scholar

Former San Bernardino Free Clinic Education Volunteer

Former The Literacy Initiative Volunteer

   

Physician Assistant

Dakota Le

4th Year, Psychology

Current Dr. Sweeny Lab - Social/Personality and Health Psychology research

Current COPE Health Scholar

Current Riverside Free Clinic - Lung Health Committee Member

Current ARC Academic Intervention Peer Mentor

Current Physician Assistants of Tomorrow Co-President

Former Physician Assistants of Tomorrow Treasurer

Former Student Homeless Aid Relief Project - Fundraising Chair

Former Shadower at UC Irvine Medical Center

 

 

annie wu

Annie Wu

3rd Year, Biology

Former RISE Summer Research Program

Former Dr. Gerry Lab- Veterinary Entomology Research

Former Dynamic Genome Outreach Group, Public Relations

Current Dynamic Genome Outreach Group, Secretary

Current Riverside Community Hospital Health Scholar

Current CNAS Science Ambassador

Current San Bernadino Free Clinic Administration Team

Current Physician Assistants of Tomorrow External Relations

 

Exploratory

Vincent Poon

4thYear, Biology

Current Flying Samaritans Vice President

Current Kaiser Permanente Emergency Department Care Ambassador

Current Academic Resource Center Early Assist Peer Educator

Current Migraine Awareness Club Public Affairs

Former Dr. David Reznick Lab - Evolutionary Biology Research

Former San Gabriel Valley Hospital Volunteer

Former San Gabriel Family Optometry Optometric Technician

Former Brockton Physical Therapy Intern

Former SGV Physical Therapy Volunteer

   

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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Health Professions Advising Center
Rivera Library B03

Tel: (951) 827-6233
E-mail: hpac@ucr.edu

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