Editorial Team

Vinh Dong, MD

Alumni Editor-in-Chief

I’m a recently graduated medical doctor from American University of the Caribbean. I have a B.S degree in Biology from the University of Georgia. I’m a proud Vietnamese American so I love the food and the culture. I’m interested in primary care and rural medicine. I’m passionate about teaching and doing volunteer endeavors. I love food, especially Korean food like bibimbap. I love martial arts and have experience in Karate and Muay Thai.

 

Robert Scarfo, MD

Alumni Co-Editor-in-Chief

I had a fascination with the world around me ever since I can remember. I grew up in a community where everyone around me was working together for the greater good, and I couldn’t be more excited to volunteer with them. I started volunteering in primary school where we went on supply distribution expeditions for the homeless, which I continued throughout high school. After high school, I pursued a degree in biology at the University of Toronto, volunteered in hospitals, and assisted with research projects. It only made sense to go to medical school. It was not easy but I persevered through it and got a job as a telemedicine assistant. I enjoy staying active outdoors and exploring new places.

Sarah Powell

Student Editor-in-Chief

Hi! My name is Sarah Powell and I’m from Houma, Louisiana. Before attending AUC, I received my Bachelor’s in Biology from LSU and my Master’s in Medical Science from Mississippi College. I always played sports growing up, especially soccer, but now my study breaks mostly consist of Netflix or reading historical fiction. At AUC, I was a founding board member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Interest Group; OBGYN is my dream specialty. My goal is to bring affordable health care and education to women across the south and to participate in forming policies that support this mission.

Anushree Solanki-Tapia

Student Co-Editor-in-Chief

My name is Anushree Solanki-Tapia. I was born in India and raised partially in India and partly in Georgia. I earned my Bachelor’s from Aurora University in Illinois majoring in Pre-Med Health Science and minoring in biology, chemistry and physiology. At AUC, I served as an orientation advisor, a course tutor and lab TA. In addition to the medical school academics, I enjoy spending my time watching movies (Harry Potter movies being favorite ones of-course).

Faisal Khowaja

Student Editor-in-Chief

Hi, my name is Faisal Khowaja. I was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan. I moved to the USA after completing high school as an international student. I completed my B.S. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Arlington. I worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator before starting medical school at AUC in Fall 2020.  I want to be a neurologist, preferably a neurosurgeon. I love to cook Pakistani food, travel around the world, and watch TV shows.

Randee Walck

Editor

My name is Randee Walck, and I’m from Shawnee, Oklahoma. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in International Studies from the University of Oklahoma. I started at AUC after a year of traveling. My passions in medicine are global health and primary care, so I’m hoping to Match into Family Medicine or OBGYN. While in St. Maarten, I was a member of the Global Health Interest Group and Phi Chi. This school is very close to my heart because I met my husband on the island, and I’ve made some lifelong friends through the course of Hurricane Irma and time since. I enjoy writing, reading, and yoga. And of course, I love cuddles with the cutest puppy in the world, Baxter.

Pierre Gendi

Editor

Hello! My name is Pierre Gendi. I was born in Egypt and immigrated to the United States at the age of four. I have lived mostly in Houston, TX and Saint Louis, MO. I completed my undergraduate studies in Health Management and Policy and pre-med at Saint Louis University. After that, I attended AUC and completed my clinical clerkships in Miami, FL. I am passionate about primary care and enjoy working with others. Outside of academics, I enjoy watching sports, games, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Sarah Norman

Editor

Hi fellow readers! My name is Sarah and I am a second year medical student at AUC. I have lived most of my life in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois but recently moved to SXM with my husband in August 2020. I received my undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry in May 2018, and have work experience in the clinical research field as well as the field of patient care. I was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 4 years at two different hospitals and a senior living center; I also worked for a pharmaceutical/nutritional international research corporation. I have always enjoyed writing, and am hoping to bring my current and past experiences together to write (and edit) memorable articles describing the obstacles medical students face while receiving an education during a pandemic.

Olivia Warren

Editor

Greetings readers! My name is Olivia Warren. I am an enthusiast for traveling, reading, teaching and an occasional good crossword puzzle. I am a proud New Yorker, but grew up in Florida. The University of Central Florida granted me with many opportunities during my undergraduate years that I am forever grateful for. My past experiences, people I have had the pleasure of speaking to, places I have traveled, all have influenced my passion for writing. I still have many curiosities about what field of medicine suits me best, but I am a firm believer that I will end up where I am meant to be. For now, keep on keeping on.

Ashlyn Brown, MD, MS, PMP

Editor

My name is Ashlyn Brown, and I am from Austin, Texas. I received my B.S. in Health Science Studies from Baylor University. Thereafter, I received my M.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in Kinesiology. While in Sint Maarten, I was the Vice President of the Black Medical Student Association and a contributing leader to the AUC Gym Committee. Additionally, I have been privileged to have various publications during this time. More recently, I am a newly enrolled MBA candidate at the University of Texas at Dallas as I complete my final year at AUC. My passions are sports and holistic health and wellness, so I hope to match into Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Family Medicine next year as well as use my MBA degree to take my career even further. I enjoy staying active, binging on Netflix, and most importantly, spending time with the ones I love most!

Aimee Hawkins

Copy Editor and Website Coordinator

Aimee is a freelance content creator and consultant who helps small business and organizations to develop, curate, and establish their message and goals via traditional and digital marketing. Before becoming a nomad freelancer, she worked in marketing for a health clinic that focused on sleep science, nutrition, and bariatrics for several years. She has enjoyed working with a variety of clients over the last few years, mainly focusing in the health industry. In her free time she enjoys cooking, games, crafting, and yoga.