Jessica Churchill, fourth year medical student with EVMS
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Ms. Churchill’s award recognizes her impact on the health of her communities, particularly within the ones that are medically underserved, where she has done service work as a third year medical student with EVMS. During her tenure as a student, she has been heavily involved in the Free Clinic, HOPES, at EVMS. HOPES serves the highly disadvantaged, underinsured population of Hampton Roads, Virginia, and she first began volunteering at the clinic during her first year at medical school and eventually worked her way up to becoming its Lead of the Laboratory Team and finally the Co-Director of the clinic. She also founded the HOPES Ophthalmology Specialty Clinic, a monthly ophthalmology clinic aimed at addressing the poor vision health in the Hampton Roads area.
“Jessica is the single most passionate and driven individual that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing,” said John Raduka, who nominated her for this award. “She is captivating in her steadfast commitment to helping those who cannot help themselves. Over and over again, she has succeeded. She never backs down from a fight and fiercely believes in speaking up for those who do not have a voice.”
While serving as the Co-Director of the HOPES Clinic and leading the 10 student board of directors and 70 student staff, Churchill also instituted a health literacy program, an influenza vaccine program, and a student venipuncture program. She also founded the EVMS Branch of the American Medical Women's Association to facilitate the advancement and empowerment of women in medicine and created a mentorship network and research guidance program to help female medical students reach their full potential. She served as Associate Editor of the Free Clinic Research Collective and Medical School Representative for the EVMS Curriculum Committee.
Jessica is pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery so she can provide low cost surgical care for those who cannot afford it and donate her time as an athletic trainer for female high school athletic teams. She is expected to receive her medical degree from EVMS this spring.