health literacy Fair

Health Literacy Fair

On Friday, April 8, we’re partnering with the  WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine to offer an afternoon full of important and helpful information to help you and your family stay healthy and informed. These bright and eager WMed student volunteers have designed presentations around topics that affect all of us. This event is brought to you as part of our Feel Good Friday wellness series. Don’t miss it! 

Participants will receive a free wellness kit that includes fun items to help you enjoy your health journey. See below for the agenda and sign up by Wednesday, April 6. 

Virtual Health Fair: 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

  • 12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Warning Labels and the Dangers of OTC Medicines 
    Presented by: Conrad Czejdo, Joseph Preziosi, and Ali Shammout
  • 1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Choosing a Doctor and Filling Out Paperwork
    Presented by: Suhaib Ellythy, Carlynn Gasser, and Ariana Schneiderhan
  • 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Medicare/Medicaid and Other Types of Insurance 
    Presented by: Pnina Rokhlin, Rosemary Vergara, and Michelle Zhang
  • 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. “Ask the Almost Doctor” Q&A
    Panel of medical students

our presenters

Conrad Czejdo is a first year medical student at WMed. He is originally from Louisiana, and has lived in Texas and North Carolina. He completed his BS of Computer Science and BA of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019. In his free time, Conrad enjoys growing corals, cooking and playing tennis.

Suhaib Ellythy is a first-year medical student at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. He was born and raised in Egypt and moved to Chicago for college. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at University of Illinois at Chicago. In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball, soccer, ping pong, videogames as well as cooking.

Carlynn Gasser is a first-year medical student at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. She is originally from Belleville, Michigan on the east side of the state. She graduated from Wayne State University in 2020 with her Bachelor’s degree in the Biological Sciences. Carlynn is interested in pursuing pediatric cardiology in the future. In her spare time, she loves to play volleyball, see her dogs and her family, and be outdoors. 

Joey Preziosi is a first-year student at WMed. He is originally from Lakeland, Florida, and studied biomedical engineering at Mercer University. In his free time, Joey loves watching basketball and football, embroidery, and baking. Also, Joey is forming a health literacy interest group at WMed!

Pnina Rokhlin is a first-year medical student at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Prior to medical school, she received a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. She grew up in AZ, but is enjoying the four beautiful seasons Michigan has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors, feeding the ducks by her apartment, and working out.

Ariana Schneiderhan is a first-year medical student at Western Michigan University. She grew up in Minnesota, where she attended St. Catherine University for her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has a special interest in psychiatry, sexual health, and gender medicine. She enjoys spending her free time on a new craft each week or playing Dungeons & Dragons with friends.

My name is Ali Shammout. I’m from Dearborn, MI, right outside of Detroit, and I went to the University of Michigan for undergrad! Go Blue! I’m currently a first year medical student here at WMed and have been in Kalamazoo for almost a year now. In my free time, I love going out with friends, watching football (I’m a huge Lions fan), and playing video games with my little brothers.

Rosemary Vergara is from the Bay Area in California. She attended Santa Clara University where she majored in Biology and minored in Biotechnology and Public Health Science.  After college, Rosemary spent her gap years in a lab at Stanford University, conducting research in immunology and virology. She holds a Masters in Biomedical Sciences. Rosemary is passionate about improving health disparities including addressing improvements in low-income communities. She loves research and has volunteered with MiMentor, Latinas in STEM and Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). She is also a part of the Latino Medical Student Association National Board and serves as the co-chair of Public Relations.

Michelle Zhang is a first-year medical student at WMed. Before this, she studied at University of California, San Diego and graduated with a degree in Human Biology. Michelle grew up in China but moved to California before high school. In her free time, Michelle loves to craft, to cook and to watch reality TV. Feel free to talk to her about any of these things!

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