Featured Student Profiles

Stephanie Oh

Serving in various capacities in The Promise Clinic, MD/PhD student Steph Oh has helped improve quality of care for uninsured members of the New Brunswick community.  Established in 2005 by a group of medical students, The Promise Clinic provides free health care services to uninsured patrons of Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen in New Brunswick.  Led by a team of student directors and RWJMS faculty advisers, the clinic has served hundreds of patients by providing quality primary care services, social services, and public health education.  Steph conveys that “the greatest thing about Promise Clinic is that it seeks to address all aspects of health (a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity) for some of the most vulnerable, at-risk population in our community who often fall through the cracks. And this is feat is only achievable due to the combined efforts of many who come together to volunteer their valuable time and resources-- because we all believe in the tenet that everyone deserves quality healthcare.”

Currently in her 4th PhD year, Steph Oh has been involved with Promise Clinic for over 5 years as a student doctor, steering committee members, and for the last two years as director.  As one of the student directors, she has helped bring many innovations to clinic that have significantly improved delivery of care and strengthened the “team-based, continuity of care” model.  During the last few years, Steph and clinic leadership have implemented an interdisciplinary care model incorporating medical, pharmacy, physician assistant program, social work, and public health students.  In collaboration with other clinic committees, Steph has been involved in efforts to transition to electronic medical records, run IRB-approved quality improvement projects, assist uninsured community members in applying for health insurance, and receive grant funding for a project to look at the effects of community gardening and nutrition education on health markers. Most recently, Steph was involved in organizing Promise Clinic’s 10th year Anniversary Gala at Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick which raised over $20,000. 

Steph highlights that Promise Clinic is a great opportunity for MD/PhD students, for it gives students clinical exposure even during their PhD years.  Many MD/PhD students serve as student doctors while others have served on various committees or been involved with community outreach and Medicaid Enrollment efforts.  Steph conveys that being a part of clinic has been a rewarding experience for her.  She says, “at Promise Clinic, I've had the incredible opportunity to collaborate with a team of wonderful faculty, students, and community members to help guide the Promise Clinic into exciting new territories.” 


To learn more about the Promise Clinic, visit their website: http://rwjms3.rwjms.rutgers. edu/pro mise_clinic/index.html. 

A few members of operations (Kristin Bonello, Ramya Krishnan, Lindsay Volk, Christine Tolias, Sanjay Jumani, Jimmy Lin, and Stephanie Oh)

The volunteer MSW (social work) students at Promise Clinic-- Sarah Livingstone, Suzanne Haggerty, Stephanie Oh and Vanessa Ferreira

The gala: Alexa Melucci, Kerly Guerrero, Stephani Oh, Niall Buckley **Niall Buckley is an M2 who spearheaded the gala organizations!

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