Devki Joshi is a first year medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and summa cum laude BA/MD program graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College where she majored in Cultural Anthropology and minored in Health and Nutrition. She is passionate about working towards racial and social justice, reducing health inequities and increasing access to comprehensive primary care.
AMSA has been a constant source of inspiration throughout her journey to and through medicine. Devki joined AMSA as a freshman pre-medical student and has been hooked ever since! She served as the president of her local AMSA chapter for two years and joined national leadership in 2014. She has held the positions of Women’s Programming Coordinator and past REACH Chair.
As an undergraduate student, Devki led three public health and medical brigades to underserved communities in Central America, taught health workshops on STIs and HIV in New York City high schools, and conducted medical anthropology research on breastfeeding practices in a rural village of Nepal. She currently serves as co-founder and president of her medical school’s chapter of White Coats for Black Lives and works with the national Diversity in Medicine Coalition. Devki enjoys watercolor painting, hiking and cooking with her grandparents.
Luis Carlos Perez
Luis Carlos Perez is a first year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine. He currently serves as the Southwest Policy Chair of the Latino Medical Student Association, Co-President of the LMSA Chapter at Baylor College of Medicine Chapter, and Chief Information Officer at Surgical Corps BCM-McGovern Medical School. He has worked in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Congressional Intern, and he enjoys working in policy to improve patient and physician outcomes. Born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley, an underserved community, he is also passionate about caring for the underserved and advocating for the underrepresented.
He is a strong supporter of mentorship and believes that without equal representation of minority populations within medical schools, there will continue to be a mismatch between the population served and providers. Because of this, he has arranged mentorship events, spoken at panels about this topic, and utilizes every opportunity to encourage young predecessors.
Eva Shelton is a third year undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been involved with AMSA for the last three years, during which time she has participated in many professional and volunteer opportunities. One of her fondest memories was traveling abroad to Guatemala to do clinical work with a group of UW AMSA students during her freshman year, an experience that gave rise to her passion for working with the underserved populations.
Her past experiences with the underrepresented populations include doing clinical work abroad, tutoring and mentoring inner city high school students, and volunteering at free clinics. She is currently implementing a breast cancer awareness campaign in the Latino community in Dane County, Wisconsin, with the hopes of decreasing the mortality rate from breast cancer. In order to break down language barriers between her and patients, she has taken on a hobby to learn new languages, including Spanish, Chinese, and sign. She is excited to use her experiences and skills to promote cultural competency and humility during her time as the REACH programming coordinator.