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. SAB Members are in order by office hours to the right!
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: Thursday 1-3 p.m.
Hi everyone! My name is Chaoyang Wang (call me Chao) and I am a senior in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors College at the University of Maryland. I am majoring in Physiology and Neurobiology and minoring in Piano Performance and will be going to medical school in the Fall of 2019. I am an experience leader for Alternative Breaks, a past Co-President of the American Medical Student Association, a member of Youth Art for Healing, a CMNS Honors Ambassador, and a UTA for BSCI171. I was a member of the 2016 UMaryland iGEM Team and I have done 3 summers of research at the NIH. I am also an NCSF certified personal trainer and work at Holy Cross Hospital as a Guest Services Representative. In my free time, I like to play piano, paint, go to the gym, hang out with friends, and go to concerts. Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the pre-medical journey!
Office Hours: Monday 2-4 p.m.
Hello! My name is Dina Khadder and I am a junior Neurobiology and Physiology major. I am an active member of pre-dental and volunteer oriented clubs on campus, such as the Student Dental Advisory Board, the Pre-dental Society, Beyond These Walls, and College Mentors for Kids. In addition, I was part of the Antibiotic Resistance Stream in the FIRE Research Program, and I am currently a peer mentor for the program. I have continued to work in research on campus throughout this past summer by studying disease ecology in salamanders. I am looking forward to meeting and advising other students on their pre-dental track!
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4
Hi! My name is Mark Coelho and I am a junior here at UMD. I am majoring in general biology and I am studying on a pre-med track. In my free time, I enjoy running, listening to music, and going to Terps games. I am passionate about medicine and I am eager to share my thoughts and experiences with research, academic courses, and clinical experiences with you. I am excited to be able to help you on your journey in the Pre-Health field. Looking forward to meeting and working with you.
Office Hours: Thursdays 2-4
Hey everyone! My name is Patience Timi and I am a Physiology and Neurobiology major with a minor in Spanish. When I am not volunteering at a primary care clinic, I am doing neurophysiology research on campus where I handle embryonic chicks. I enjoy doing service with my church community and my Primannum honor society, for which I am the Co-President of. In my free time, I like to go to the gym, play piano, and watch netflix. I am looking forward to meeting and advising other students on their pre-med track!
Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1-2 p.m.
Hey! My name is Andy Kuo and I’m a senior in the University Honors College at the University of Maryland. I am studying Biology (Physiology and Neurobiology specialization) and I plan to pursue medicine in the future. I was a medical scribe in the ER, am currently doing research on campus, and a Resident Assistant at LaPlata. I am also a volunteer leader for A Wider Circle, an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, an EMT-in-training, and will be an experience leader for Alternative Break this coming Spring Break. In my free time, I love to play golf, read about cars, and keep up with current events. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Pre-Medicine tract!
Office Hours: Mondays 2-4 p.m.
Hello! My name is Maïgane, and I’m a junior in the Integrated Life Sciences Honors Program. I’m a Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics major with a minor in Philosophy, and I plan to pursue a career as a physician-scientist. My passion for research and public health policy has lead me to participate in the Departmental Honors Program, studying transgenerational gene expression patterns, and the Federal Fellows Program. On campus, I’ve been an Alternative Breaks Experience Leader and I co-lead Gove’s Quest, a student organization that aims to facilitate volunteerism and civic engagement to promote women’s health. I’m also an avid musician and bibliophile. I look forward to advising you!
Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:30- 12:30
Hello! My name is Nishi Shah and I am a junior in the University Honors Program. I am majoring in General Biology and I am studying on the pre-med track. I am the Treasurer for the American Medical Women’s Association and I volunteer with the Pregnancy Aid Center and the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. I have also enjoyed volunteering with Food Recovery Network. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV, traveling, and hanging out with my friends. I look forward to meeting and advising students on the pre-med track!
Office Hours: Wednesdays 11-1 p.m.
Hi everyone! My name is Nneka and I am a senior Pre-Dental student and a Public Health Science major. I am very passionate about both these aspects of my education and I love to help others figure out their passions in the health professions field as well. I am currently President of an on-campus organization called Supporting Hospitals Abroad with Resources and Equipment (SHARE) and I am Community Service Chair of the Undergraduate Student National Dental Association (USNDA). I am also a Certified Dental Assistant in the state of Maryland, but I have had clinical experience in both Maryland and Delaware. I am an alumni of the Life Sciences College Park Scholars program, and in the past, I have volunteered as an America Counts Mentor and was a Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) scholar. In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends, watch movies, cook/bake, and travel. Thanks for reading and I look forward to meeting and advising you!