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Summer Experience Spotlight: Brione Griffin

It is with great excitement, to introduce our Summer Scholar Spotlight, Brione Griffin.

This past summer, Drew Scholar, Brione Griffin completed a research program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She participated in the Research and Education for the Advancement of Compassionate Healthcare (REACH) program where she worked with Dr. Rashid Bashir. Her research focused on multiplexing protein analysis in order to develop a point of care device that detects biomarkers for sepsis. On top of completing research, she had the opportunity to shadow several doctors at the Carle Foundation Hospital as well as sit in on a couple of surgeries. At the end of the summer, she was able to present my research at the Illinois Summer Research Symposium. It was a very rewarding summer and she had an article written about her by the I-STEM coalition at U of I!

Congrats on your new experiences! Great job! 

“When I was younger, my cousin was in a car accident, and I remember being at the hospital and people being concerned about whether she'd make it or not and just watching the doctors and how hard and how diligent they were working with her. And it just made me feel like this is something that I would want to do. And I've always just had a passion for helping people, so I feel like the medical route [would help me do that]. I never knew what kind of doctor I wanted to be, but I just knew I wanted to be a doctor—be a doctor and help people out.”​


Summer Experience Spotlight: Marcel Coleman Summer Experience Spotlight: Marcel Coleman

It is with great excitement, to introduce our Summer Scholar Spotlight, Marcel Coleman. 

Marcel Coleman is a sophomore focusing on a major in Biomedical Laboratory Diagnostics (BLD) with an emphasis on pre-medical tracking. Marcel is interested in pursuing a Master of Healthcare Administration and becoming a MD physician making an impact through serving in underserved communities. He enriched his summer experience by participating in the University of California Los Angles/ Charles R. Drew University School of Nursing Summer Health Professions Education Program a.k.a UCLA/CDU SHPEP, which is committed to developing future leaders that will change the face of medicine and dentistry as well improve health care delivery, policy and research in underserved communities. He explored cardiovascular disease research within the Latino community in South Central LA with fellow interns and dived into problem based physiology and anatomy courses with simulator manikins (see image below). Each week during the 6 week program, his team received an educational challenge to to diagnose patients using the information from their lecture and outside resources (Pubmed, NCBI, etc). In addition, Marcel is a member of the MSU Honors College. 

Congrats on your new experiences! Great job! 

Message from Marcel: “Success is easier when you stop believing in limitations. Thank you Catinlia Bartlett for helping with my personal statement for UCLA/CDU SHPEP. Also, a special thank you to Sharon Griffin for writing a strong letter of recommendation!”

Marcel learning using a simulator manikin.Marcel posing outside of Charles Drew University School of Medicine

Summer Experience Spotlight: Emily Washington Summer Experience Spotlight: Emily Washington

We would like to introduce our summer scholar spotlight, Emily Washington!

Emily Washington is a senior with a major in Human Biology. Her ultimate career goal is to be a journalist, physician and health educator focusing on preventive medicine and global outreach health specialty care. During her summer, she had the opportunity of working with the American Osteopathic Association to plan and coordinate a symposium with the CEO, Adrienne White-Faines, for the OMED 2018 Conference. 

The OMED 2018 Conference is an annual osteopathic medical conference that brings thousands of DO physicians, residents and students together to champion the profession, learn and network. Emily worked to establish a symposium that addresses the diversity crisis in medicine. Numbers for men of color applying for and attending medical school are increasing year by year, but the numbers are drastically lower compared to the total number of applicants and matriculants. The symposium purpose is to implement and share an action plan to encourage increasing diversity within the medical field. It is geared to educate physicians, executives, and student leaders of color on how they can help resolve this crisis through mentorship and representation. Prospectively, we hope this acts as a gateway to future events that target other issues in medicine that stem from gender or racial inequality. 

Message from Emily:

“Never limit what you can accomplish. If it hasn’t been done before, be the first and grab the opportunities that come your way fearlessly. I thank God for answering my prayers, guiding my character, and opening doors. There is great power in prayer, and it’s God who makes it happen and strengthens me to be at my full potential. I also thank the Drew Scholars program for sharing this opportunity with me. If it weren’t for Drew, I would’ve not known about this opportunity nor would I have applied.”

Keep up the outstanding work, Emily!


Emily Washington standing outside of AOA







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