Student Advisory Board
What is the HPAO Student Advisory Board?
The SAB is a group of pre-health students at the University of Maryland who are pursuing careers in Medicine, Dentistry, and a variety of other health professions. These students are here to help other pre-health students based on their experience regarding classes, applications, interviews, and more.
How can I meet with a SAB member?
Visit the HPAO (1210 H. J. Patterson) during their office hours. SAB members are only available in the Fall/Spring semesters. THERE ARE NO SUMMER HOURS
The Reed-Yorke Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO) of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences has created a Student Advisory Board (SAB), consisting of students pursuing the health professions. This will include Pre-Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Podiatry, and Allied Health. The HPAO Student Advisory Board has the following goals and purpose:
advising HPAO staff on issues pertinent to the undergraduate experience of pre-health students;
representing the University of Maryland student body on issues of particular interest or concern to pre-health students;
communicating with HPAO students about important HPAO initiatives, goals, and programs;
contributing to the advancement of the HPAO office and projects;
organizing events, communications, and activities to foster a spirit of community and identity amongst pre-health students.
Office Hours: Thursdays 2PM-4PM
Hi everyone! I'm Tiffany Hu, a senior Neurobiology/Physiology major currently in the med school application and interview process. I'm working to pursue an MD/MPH dual degree. In my spare time, I like to read, play piano, and volunteer with Tzu Chi, a Taiwan-based humanitarian organization. Besides the HPAO Student Advisory Board, I am also involved in AMSA, Alternative Breaks, Health Leads, research at NIH, and Kaplan (as an MCAT Instructor). Come find me if you have questions about courses, med school apps, internships, etc...we're excited to help you out on your pre-health journey!
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11:45AM to 1:45PM
Hello fellow Terps! My name is Karen Tchuindjo; I am a junior here at the University of Maryland. I am a Neurobiology and Physiology major and a U.S Latina/os studies minor on a premed track. On campus I am involved in Primannum honor society, Charles R. Drew Premed society and undergraduate research. I look forward to meeting you all and helping you in your prehealth track.
Office Hours: Mondays 1:00PM-3:00PM
Hello! My name is Ayanna Garland and I am a senior Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics major and Spanish minor on the Pre-Medical track. I have recently taken the MCAT but plan on taking a gap year before applying to medical school. I am a Banneker Key Scholar and a part of the University Honors Program. Some organizations I am involved with on campus are Images Organization, I am the Artistic Director of Prima Dolls Dance Team, I am a part of sorority life, and I am member of the Primannum Honor Society. I have participated in the Summer Premedical Academic Enrichment Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, conducted research, and have volunteered for multiple organizations. Please feel free to stop by and ask me any questions you might have about the Pre-Medical Process!
Office Hours: 11AM-1PM
Hi! My name is Sarine Tahmazian and I am a junior Neurobiology and Physiology major on the Pre-Medical Track! In my free time, I work as an activities assistant at Friends Nursing Home in Sandy Spring, MD and volunteer at my local hospital. I also spend time researching in a cardiovascular lab at Howard University, studying the effects of alcohol on cardiac function. For fun, I love to play tennis and travel whenever I can! I am very excited to be on the HPAO Student Advisory Board serving as a resource for you all and I can’t wait to meet you all soon to help you on the Pre-Medical journey!
Office Hours: 9AM-11AM
My name is Michael Chojnacki, and I am a senior physiology and neurobiology major here at UMD. As a TerpService coordinator, I enjoy working with students at nearby Magruder Park, where we help out park rangers with beautification and invasive species removal. I also spend time in the Bely lab here on campus, studying the evolution of regeneration in annelid worms. When I get the chance, I like to go running or swimming. I also spent a summer doing research at the NIH. I love talking to you guys about coursework and future plans, and I’m happy to answer any questions you may have!
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11AM-1PM
My name is Kalala Pines and I am a junior Biological Sciences major with a Human Development minor. As a Global Public Health Scholars alumnus, I am heavily involved in the College Parks Scholars program as a Peer Mentor. I am also a Fundraising Chair of the Club Volleyball team and a Project Leader of Public Health Without Borders. Currently, I am working as a Rehabilitation Technician at 4Oaks physical therapy clinic. I’m excited to be serving on the HPAO Student Advisory Board, and I can’t wait to help you on your pre-professional journey. Feel free to stop by to ask me any questions about the Pre-Health track!
Office Hours: Thursdays 11AM-1PM
My name is Pranaya Terse, and I am currently a junior working towards a Chemistry degree while on the premed track. I have been a GSS leader for BSCI170 for the past 3 semesters and I have been an active member for the University of Maryland Residence Hall Association for the past 2 years. I am also involved in undergraduate research on campus and I am apart of the National Residence Hall Honorary. I look forward to meeting and advising you all this year.
Office Hours: Tuesdays: 9AM-10:50AM
Hi fellow Terps! My name is Alyssa Patterson and I am a senior chemistry major here at the University of Maryland. I am a part of the University Honors program and I will also be participating in the upcoming 2017 Global Dental Brigades trip. Outside of class, I play rugby for the University of Maryland Women’s Rugby Team. I am very excited to serve on the HPAO Student Advisory Board, and I look forward to meeting many of you and helping you on your pre-health journey!
Office Hours: Mondays 10AM-12PM
My name is Samantha Chu, and I am a junior nutritional science major here at UMD. I am part of the University Honors program and a member of the Primannum Honor Society. As part of the exec board of the American Red Cross Club, I enjoy volunteering and hosting the blood drives we have across campus each semester. I was also involved in research on campus, in studying the Terrapin Genome, and served as a Peer Mentor for the FIRE research program. During my free time, I like to listen to music, and attend theater/music performances at Clarice. I look forward to meeting/advising you all and am excited to be part of your pre-health journey here a Maryland!