Jeffrey White

Hi! I’m from Montrose, New York, about an hour north of New York City, and I graduated from Boston College in 2015, with a degree in physics. That’s a remnant from when I wanted to be a physicist, and then an engineer. Things change. I found myself called to medicine later in college, because I wanted to cultivate my interest in science while pursuing a career where I could work with teams of passionate people to tackle challenges. Medicine provided the perfect opportunity to follow both of my motivations, and I haven’t looked back.

For three years after graduation, I worked as a research assistant and lab technician at a neurology lab in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where I studied the effects of hypoglycemia on the autonomic nervous systems of healthy people and people with Type II diabetes. Though I worked in a quaternary care clinic with a very specific patient population, my appreciation for primary care grew during this time. By talking with so many chronically ill patients, I recognized the challenges they face every day and the limitations placed on them by the current healthcare system. Moreover, I was struck by the disparity in care patients could receive in a large city like Boston compared to the rural regions of New England. As you will learn, access to primary care is one of the key issues facing the healthcare industry today. The Generalist Scholars Program offers the chance to be part of the community that is working to improve healthcare for all patients at the most basic level. For the first time in my life, I could be assured that I am working towards a solution rather than simply pointing out a problem. When I was accepted to the program, I packed my life into my compact car and drove down south. Though I miss the northeast, Charlottesville (and its assortment of quality affordable fried chicken restaurants) is growing on me.

In my (limited) free time, I like to hike, bike, and do crossword puzzles. If you ask nicely, I will let you try the crossword puzzle I published in my local paper back home. I am excited for the next four years at UVA, and I look forward to meeting you! And, let me know if you ever want to toss a Frisbee on the Lawn.

Morgan Tyler

Haley Meade

Hey y’all!  I’m from Pound, Virginia (a small town in the coalfields of southwest Virginia), and I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2018, with a B.S. in Biochemistry and B.A. in Religion and Culture while minoring in Chemistry and Appalachian Studies.  I love hiking, camping, spending time with my family, and trying new crafts (I LOVE crocheting, quilting, and painting).  I love the unique culture Charlottesville has to offer and am always excited for opportunities to experience new restaurants, shops, and local arts.

If someone were to ask my greatest passion, I would answer my family and community.  This passion is the reason I decided to attend medical school. Growing up, I watched countless family members, friends, community members, and neighbors struggling to find quality medical care and facing misunderstanding and stereotypes when accessing medical care.  I realized at a young age that my family, friends, and community deserve just and equitable health care.  I hope to become a pediatrician, return home, and display how resilient and strong my community really is through my work.

I am so excited to be a part of the GSP community at UVA, because it is a group of motivated, committed, and compassionate individuals devoted to advocating for patients, supporting patients, and changing the state of health care for our patients.  The GSP is preparing me to tackle not only local issues in primary care, but also tackle larger issues of health disparity and inequity affecting far more than primary care.  I cannot wait to see the impact GSP has on my life and the life of my future patients.

Brett Jackson

Hi, my name is Brett! I am from a rural region of southern Colorado called the San Luis Valley, where I grew up surrounded by a large extended family. I first gained interest in medicine through my parents, who work as a physician assistant and a nurse. After high school, I spent two years in Ecuador serving a religious mission, which was an incredibly humbling as well as eye-opening experience in a foreign country. I received my bachelor’s degree in biology at Utah Valley University, where I continued to strengthen my desire to pursue medicine. I had the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to build and donate prostheses to amputees in need, as well as volunteer with local Spanish-speaking communities through free health clinics. I then spent a gap year working as a research assistant in maternal – fetal medicine at Intermountain Healthcare. My wife, Lisa, and I welcomed our first child, Eva, into our family early September 2018.

I’ve enjoyed living in Charlottesville due to the beautiful mountains nearby, the beach being only a few hours away, and the fact that I don’t have to travel very far to be in the calming rural settings that I love. UVA has been a fantastic medical school, made all the greater due to the kindness of the faculty, staff, and fellow classmates. One aspect that I have enjoyed about GSP – besides the fantastic opportunities it gives students to learn about primary care – is the sense of community and belonging that exists within the program. I hope to take what I have learned up to this point, and what I will learn here at UVA, to serve underserved areas and populations both locally and globally. My interests are in primary care (obviously), healthcare policy, medical education, and rural health.

Eugenie Hughes

Hello!  My name is Genie, and I am originally from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where I grew up surrounded by family and going to the beach.  I traded my rural surroundings for city life by attending Fordham University in NYC, where I graduated May 2018.  At Fordham, I was a biology and theology double-major and was an active member of the University Choir and served as a freshman advisor.  I tried out bench research for over a year, researching mutations in the homologous recombination pathway that are incident in forms of breast and prostate cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering.  While I gained an appreciation for basic cancer research, I realized I am more of a people person, so I transitioned into a clinical research position at Albert Einstein, spending a year working on evaluating an integrated model of behavioral and mental health care in pediatric primary care settings.  Pediatrics, specifically in primary care, has long been an interest of mine, particularly for the longitudinal nature of care delivered throughout developmental milestones.  I am so excited to be a part of GSP, to be a part of a community focused on providing high quality primary health care to all people.  The community atmosphere at UVA is one of the reasons I decided to attend, and I have loved every minute of getting to explore everything Charlottesville and the surrounding counties have to offer!

Andrew Burns

Hello! I am from Annandale, Virginia, a suburb outside of DC. I graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and a Public Health Minor. I was introduced to Charlottesville and UVA through two summers as a camp counselor at Camp Holiday Trails, a camp for children with medical needs. This amazing experience taught me so much about the lives of children with medical needs and how what physicians do and say affect them outside of the medical setting.

I love music, traveling, and the best TV show ever, Survivor! I’ve been playing the clarinet since I was 10 and during undergrad, I played in the W&M Wind Ensemble where I was fortunate enough to go on two international tours to China and the United Kingdom. I also went on a service trip to Costa Rica with the Children’s Well-Being Foundation and learned about health disparities on the international level. Despite being a fairly short trip, it sparked my interest in global health and I hope to do more in the future. As for Survivor, that has been a family favorite for as long as I can remember and, in the summer of 2017, I was lucky enough to actually meet many Survivor contestants, get their autographs, and take pictures with them.

I am so excited to be a part of the GSP community at UVA as it prepares me to be an active member of my local, national, and global community through primary care. I hope to become a pediatrician and want to integrate what I’ve already learned from my past experiences with what I will learn through UVA and GSP to make a meaningful impact on those I serve now and in the future.

Caleb Southall

My name is Caleb Southall. I was born April 7, 1992. I am from the small, rural town of Sutherland, Virginia. Sutherland is located just south and west of the Tri-Cities, an area about 25 miles south of Richmond, VA. I went to college at UVA where I majored in biology. After graduating from UVA, I went to dental school at Virginia Commonwealth University. For the past year, I have worked as an emergency room scribe at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, Virginia. During my time off, I enjoy spending time outdoors, playing soccer, hiking, and kayaking. My father is a family physician, and his life has inspired me to become a doctor.

Alexander Paap

I grew up in Highlands Ranch, CO, which is a suburb of Denver. Even though I loved everything about Colorado, I decided to switch things up and take on a new challenge for college by attending the University of Virginia to pursue a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. Outside of the classroom I was involved in the Catholic Student Ministry, which taught me the true power of relationship, and by extension the true impact of service to the community when it is fundamentally relational. These values were strongly confirmed in me through domestic mission trips to Ohio and Georgia as a student, as well as work with the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India following graduation.

After returning from India I spent a year working as a scribe in the UVA Emergency Department, followed by another year as a scribe in the UVA Family Medicine Clinic. In the Family Medicine Clinic I experienced firsthand the fulfillment that comes from the long-term relationships that are built with patients, as well as the deep sense of connection to the community that a career in primary care provides. These experiences have convicted my desire to pursue a residency in either Family Medicine or General Internal Medicine in the future.

In my free time I enjoy playing guitar and piano (I especially love anything by Chopin), golfing, skiing, supporting Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, and enjoying the outdoors.

Margot Mellette

I was born and raised in Williamsburg, VA and am excited to be returning to Virginia for medical school! I attended Yale University for undergrad, completing my B.A. in 2014. As a history major with an interest in public health, I focused my studies on exploring the inequalities built into our health care system. For my senior essay, I researched the role of black physicians organizing on behalf of Medicare and Medicaid legislation in the 1950s and 1960s. I began to see a career in medicine—and primary care in particular—as a means of bridging my interests in health and social services. After Yale, I returned to Williamsburg to complete my premedical requirements at William & Mary, conduct research at a safety-net clinic, and work as an ER scribe.

Before coming to UVA, I spent a year working for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program at a primary care clinic located inside an emergency homeless shelter. As a medical case manager and health educator, I supported women staying at the shelter by making referrals to social services, assisting with housing and disability applications, escorting to appointments, and providing health education. I loved the process of building personal relationships with these women and being a part of their path towards better health and greater stability. This year demonstrated to me the vital role that an integrated primary care team can play in both improving individual health and addressing structural barriers to care for underserved populations. I am thrilled to be joining the GSP community at UVA, and I look forward to four years of learning more about primary care delivery and population health from my peers and the GSP faculty.

John Kalmanek

Hello! I was born and raised in Homer Glen, Illinois–a southwest suburb of Chicago— and received my B.S. in Science-Business from the University of Notre Dame. Pursuing Science-Business allowed me to take a bulk of science classes and a handful of fundamental business classes, while giving me the flexibility to pursue my other academic interests (namely Math and Psychology).

I am excited to become a generalist physician because primary care is truly at the intersection of my passions and aspirations. As a health nut, my eyes were opened to the importance of preventive medicine and community involvement after leading wellness programs at a free medical clinic near my hometown. As an enthusiastic educator, I have learned the importance of embracing a student-centered approach after teaching harmonica to both children on the autism spectrum and nursing home residents. My humbling experiences interacting with neglected members of society, and shadowing physicians who serve them, have fueled my aspirations to use a team-based approach to both holistically care for and empower the community I will eventually serve. I am so excited to keep learning and growing through the Generalist Scholars Program!

A lifelong resident of flat lands and a fitness enthusiast, I am excited to run and hike across the mountainous Charlottesville area. On rainy days, I can most likely be found either playing trumpet, watching Chicago sports, or stomping on my Dance Dance Revolution pads.