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.

Lauren Hoops

I was born in Alabama, spent 7 years in Germany while my mom was in the army, and ultimately grew up in Blacksburg, VA. Despite the strong town rivalry, I left Blacksburg behind to attend the University of Virginia, where I studied math and economics. After graduating in 2012 I worked for an economic litigation consulting firm in Washington, D.C., for several years, with the intention of applying to law school. Although a great learning experience, I ultimately decided litigation was not a good fit for me. It was in this way that my non-traditional path toward medicine began!

I returned to UVA in 2015, having taken no undergraduate science classes, to complete a post-bacc pre-med program. I volunteered at the Charlottesville Free Clinic as a nurse and as a pharmacy technician while in the program, and then worked as a medical scribe for UVA Family Medicine during my gap year before medical school. Both of these experiences have greatly influenced my interest in primary care, and family medicine more specifically, as I think the broad scope of practice and close patient-physician relationships will be very rewarding. In addition to family medicine, I am very interested in practicing medicine in underserved communities, specifically in rural areas. I am thrilled with my decision to attend UVA (becoming a triple Hoo!) and am looking forward to joining the GSP family.

Outside of school, I enjoy running, rock climbing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and paddleboarding, as well as spending time with my family, friends, and 45lb hound dog named Moose.

Micah Brickhill

I grew up in Buckingham County, a rural area about an hour away from the University of Virginia, and I graduated from UVa in 2017. During my undergraduate career, I competed on the NCAA Division I Women’s Track and Field team as an 800-meter runner. Despite the grueling nature of middle distance races, I thoroughly enjoyed track; I loved the challenges of seemingly impossible workouts, the adrenaline of competition, and the camaraderie with my teammates. Although I have retired from intercollegiate athletics, I still enjoy running and working out.

My interest in general medicine stems from my experience living in a rural area, where timely medical care is often elusive. I am excited to gain skills and knowledge at the School of Medicine that I can one day use to support medically underserved areas. I look forward to interacting with a community in a small-town setting and engaging with the health issues that affect rural populations.

Laura Walsh

Walsh, Laura (2020)My name is Laura Walsh and I grew up in Bethesda, MD. I attended UVA for undergrad, where I received a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Psychology.  After college, I completed a two-year post-baccalaureate premedical program at Washington University in St. Louis. I then returned home to Bethesda and worked at the NIH Clinical Center in a basic science laboratory.

Some of my favorite activities have included tutoring, volunteering at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital, volunteering for a hospice agency, and volunteering in an emergency department. These experiences have also impacted my desire to become a generalist physician. As a hospice volunteer, I encountered many patients afflicted with COPD or lung cancer as a result of smoking. Helping these patients made me consider how important it is for physicians to employ preventative care measures and to serve as the first point of contact with patients. Additionally, through my volunteering experiences in hospice and in the emergency department, I have learned the value of continuity of care when working with patients. My shadowing experiences with my father, an oncologist, have also helped me to appreciate the role of treating the whole patient, an important aspect of primary care.

After medical school I hope to pursue a residency in pediatrics or combined internal medicine/pediatrics. I am also interested in learning how to work with community leaders towards the prevention of chronic illnesses and infectious diseases at the primary care level.


In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, attending yoga classes, and visiting my cousin in NYC.

Haley Smith

Hello!  My name is Haley Smith. I was born in Madison, NJ and grew up in Lynchburg, VA.

Smith, Haley (2020)I pursued my love of sciences and languages at Washington and Lee University where I majored in Biochemistry and Romance Languages.  A medical sociology course at W&L opened my eyes to the importance of preventive medicine and engaging community resources in order to ultimately improve health outcomes. While in college, my experiences volunteering at the Free Clinic of Central VA and the Rockbridge Area Health Center reinforced my belief in the importance of primary care, and helped me form an image of the community doctor I would like to become.

This past year, I greatly enjoyed working as a scribe in the Emergency Department at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  I learned a great deal from the attending physicians, residents, and physician assistants in the ED, however I know I ultimately desire a career in medicine that allows for long-term relationships with patients, and being able to follow multiple aspects of their care.  I am incredibly excited to join the Generalist Scholars program at UVA, and plan to pursue a career in Family Medicine.

In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, running, listening to French podcasts, and baking pumpkin brownies.

Joscelyn Seaton

Seaton, Joscelyn (2020)I am a lifelong Virginia resident, and since 1999, I have lived less than 30 minutes from the University of Virginia. Ever since then, the Seaton family’s ties to UVA have exponentially increased. My father is a UVA physician. My brother is a third year studying computer engineering. Now I am going to UVA medical school! You could say we are a triple-hoo family.

I attended Grove City College and majored in biochemistry.  While at Grove, I debated as to whether I wanted to become a doctor, a researcher, or a teacher. So naturally, I explored each avenue. During my first and second undergraduate summers, I researched for UVA’s Department of Pathology. During my third summer, I researched for Roche Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland. During my semesters at Grove City, I pursued teaching opportunities. I became a chemistry tutor and a teaching assistant for biology and physics labs. In the end, I decided to become a physician because of one particular primary care doctor I shadowed.

I had the opportunity to shadow the same doctor both in his office and on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic (DR). I witnessed him using his medical training as a tangible means to deliver hope. He genuinely cared about the long-term well-being of his patients. In his office, I witnessed how he had developed strong physician-patient relationships. In the DR, I observed the value of his understanding his patients’ cultural and personal backgrounds when formulating a treatment. In the same light, I want to become a primary care physician, so that I can come alongside my patients, follow through with their therapies, and monitor their progress over the long-term. In the future, I hope to use my medical training to minister to underserved, rural populations in the United States.

John Popovich

Popovich, John (2020)I was born in Torrance, CA (a beach city, one of many Los Angeles suburbs) and went to University of California, San Diego for a B.S. in Human Biology. I come from a large, close family, 80+% of whom live within the LA area; we’re not exactly wanderers. (My decision to come to UVA for med school is breaking the mold.) I loved every second at UCSD, but the defining features of undergrad for me were my two major extracurriculars/jobs:

I have extensive experience working in sports medicine—evaluating injuries, designing rehab plans, and tracking student-athletes from injury to return-to-play. I love this type of primary-care medicine—getting to experience every step of diagnosis and recovery—and I’m proud I was able to establish meaningful, trusting, relationships with my patients. Although I’ve known that I want to be a doctor for as long as I can remember (I’m kind of a med school stereotype that way), this solidified for me what kind of doctor I want to be.

I’ve also taught in a large handful of biology courses—mostly upper-division physiology—at UCSD. I love teaching; I find the give-and-take of talking to students to be a superbly fun and rewarding way to spend your time. Indeed, part of the reason I’m pursuing internal medicine is for its reputation as more of a teaching field within medicine.

In my free time I’m an avid runner—the combination of solitary thinking time, stress relief, and guilt-free eating all appeal to me greatly—and shameless movie nerd. I’m pretty confident I could carry out a full conversation in just movie and TV quotes. I know that’s nothing to be proud of, but still…