This award was created in our 60th year to recognize the incredible talent and leadership skills Oregon's MD, DO and PA students contribute to our healthcare landscape. We are grateful to our Board of Directors, family of donors, corporate partners and friends at the Oregon Medical Association, without whom none of this would have been possible.
It is our honor and privilege to support these talented individuals.
OHSU School of Medicine, MD Candidate 2025
Asia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Lewis & Clark College and is an MD student in the OHSU School of Medicine Program. Health disparities are what led Asia to medicine. As a volunteer for CARES Northwest child abuse response clinic, Asia grew a passion for supporting children who have endured adverse childhood experiences. Witnessing health’s multidimensionality and the pervasiveness of health inequity compelled her to want to achieve a better understanding of the healthcare system and the components of care delivery for vulnerable populations. As an intern for Kaiser Permanente’s Medicaid and Charitable Program Care Coordination department, Asia had the opportunity to contribute to the resource pool for patient populations with extraordinary needs and help implement strategies for the organization to uphold the health equity measures outlined in the state’s coordinated care contract (CCO 2.0). Asia currently serves as president of OHSU’s Student National Medical Association helping to create educational and mentorship opportunities for high school, undergraduate, and medical students. Asia’s ambition is to pursue a career in treating the pediatric population. She is excited to become a patient advocate, help to improve the quality of life for medically underserved communities, and work to build equitable, multifaceted, and reliable modes of support for families.
COMP NW, DO Candidate 2023
Alisha Harrington, a Western Health Sciences University medical student, has a powerfully integrative approach to healthcare. Her Master's degree in acupuncture and eastern medicine taught her to appreciate the multitude of factors connected to wellness. With a deeply rooted passion for problem-solving, Alisha strives to address the underlying causes of disease. Because health isn't just something that happens in a clinic, she engages in all aspects of health promotion, from the political to the psychosocial. Throughout her service as a board member of state medical associations, a volunteer health educator, and a clinician, Alisha works to establish a foundation that provides an opportunity for individuals to thrive. Over eight years of private practice as an acupuncturist before medical school, Alisha gained skills to collaborate with her patients. Leaning on her knowledge as a researcher, her training in interpersonal neurobiology, motivational intervening, and now osteopathic medicine, she establishes treatment plans that address the whole person. In her personal life, she is diligent about maintaining a balanced lifestyle. She regularly practices yoga, meditation and enjoys the outdoors with friends and family. Seeking to build a community of wellness, Alisha empowers her patients, colleagues, and community to flourish.
George Fox Physician Assistant Program, PA Candidate 2023
Sage is a physician assistant student and DMSc candidate at George Fox University. Growing up in rural southern Oregon, Sage has been exposed to medically underserved communities from an early age and feels naturally aligned with the PA mission aimed at addressing the primary care gap. Sage has worked in a diverse set of roles prior to his medical education but found particular meaning during his experience as a job developer contracting for the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation. During this time, Sage advocated for Oregon’s Employment First Initiative, assisting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities overcome barriers to employment and autonomy. Sage has held volunteer roles with OHSU, participated in fundraising efforts for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and currently assists at his university's community food pantry. Sage is excited about his future as a medical practitioner and hopes to build long-term patient relationships founded on compassionate, holistic care and a shared decision making model.
OHSU School of Medicine, MD Candidate 2025
Enrique was born in Bolivia and has carried his cultural identity with him throughout his academic and leadership activities. While obtaining his biomedical engineering degree in Utah, he found his passion for research and patient-centered care. This centered around increased healthcare access to vulnerable populations, particularly immigrant communities. He has continued this momentum by serving as a community liaison for the Latino Medical School Association (LMSA) at OHSU and has been part of organizing outreach events and serving local Spanish-speaking communities in urban and rural Oregon. He is passionate about mentoring pre-medical students through the Pay it Forward Program and medical students in the Class of 2026 throughout their journey of becoming physicians. Additionally, he is an advocate for diversity at the administrative level by petitioning for increased diversity funds for OHSU medical students. He firmly believes overall diversity not only enriches the student body, but the community at large with the unique experiences lived by every individual.
OHSU School of Medicine, MD Candidate 2024
Rohi is an MD student at the OHSU School of Medicine paving her path in advancing cancer care. She is a Portland native and completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry while researching and synthesizing drug delivery vehicles for detection and treatment of Glioblastoma Multiforme. She joined the Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum Committee (UMECC) her first year of medical school and spearheaded initiatives to increase cultural competency training and inclusivity in the curriculum. This included working with the Equity & Justice Subcommittee to develop a medical language education tool to critically think about the language used and propagated by medical professionals daily and consciously move towards more inclusive measures. She created a workshop called Racial Healing to provide a safe space for minoritized students to have difficult conversations related to their identity and upbringing, and also volunteered with Physicians for Human Rights to help Afghani refugees resettle in Portland. At a local community hospital, Rohi leads a research team investigating disparities in brain and spine cancer treatment and mentors first-generation students in exploring their own research endeavors.
OHSU School of Medicine, MD/PhD Candidate 2023
Mollie Marr is an 8th year MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University. Her PhD is in Behavioral and Systems Neuroscience, and her dissertation work focused on the effects of stress during pregnancy on offspring neurodevelopment and the intergenerational transmission of childhood maltreatment. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University with a second major in Psychology and a minor in Applied Theatre. She is currently completing her 4th year of medical school and a Master of Clinical Research, and is applying to child psychiatry for residency.
Since 2012, OMEF has awarded over $660,000 in scholarships and financial aid to hundreds of talented, bright and energetic students across Oregon. The impending physician shortage means we have to work together to ensure that our students are ready to take their place upon graduation. Please consider a gift to OMEF.