Jessica came to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai from Tulane University, where she received a full-tuition scholarship through the Posse Foundation. She majored in Public Health and minored in Cell & Molecular Biology. Before attending Mount Sinai, Jessica was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Vietnam, where she piloted the Medical English curriculum for the University of Danang School of Medicine and Pharmacy. She entered the MD program in 2018.
At Icahn, Jessica was accepted into the Patient-Oriented Research Training and Leadership (PORTAL) program, a scholarship-funded MD/MSCR dual degree program. She was awarded the PORTAL Thesis Award in Clinical Research for her master’s thesis on comparative outcomes between surgical and transcatheter replacement for failed bioprosthetic aortic valves. Outside of research, Jessica served as the Chief Teaching Senior in the ophthalmology branch of the student-run East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP) clinic. She developed pediatric ophthalmology curriculum, which was integrated in the third-year Pediatric Clerkship and was Course Director for the inaugural Introduction to Medical and Surgical Ophthalmology Nexus Course.
Jessica would like to thank her family, friends, mentors, PORTAL leadership, the Department of Population Health Science and Policy, and the Department of Ophthalmology for their unwavering support and guidance.
Jessica will graduate with her MD/MSCR degree and will continue her residency training in ophthalmology at the University of California – Los Angeles Stein Eye Institute.