Interns and Fellows

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2017-2018 Interns and Fellows:

  • Raphaela Lapinsky Degette, CEPC Fellow

Raphaela Lipinsky DeGette, MS is a fourth year medical student at UCSF and a 2017-2018 Primary Care Leadership Academy Fellow.   She was born in Denver and received a BA from Brown University.  After spending several years studying STI prevention in New Orleans, she enrolled in the UC Berkeley/UCSF Joint Medical Program.  For her Master's thesis, Raphaela investigated the relationship between income and fertility among Mexican welfare recipients.  She is now studying the impact of Medicare GME funding on outpatient residency training.  Her interests include urban underserved primary care, reproductive health, and health systems reform.

  • Maria Patanwala, PCLA Fellow

Maria Patanwala is a fourth year medical student at UCSF and the 2017-18 Primary Care Leadership Academy (PCLA) Fellow. She grew up in the Inland Empire of Southern California and received her BA in Molecular Cell Biology and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. Prior to medical school she volunteered as a caseworker at the Suitcase Clinic, a multi-service student-run homeless clinic in Berkeley, CA, and completed a year of AmeriCorps service in a community health partnership with a food bank in Sonoma County, CA addressing issues of food insecurity and diabetes. As a medical student she has taken part in the Program for Medical Education for the Urban Underserved, a supplementary longitudinal curriculum on health equity, leadership, and caring for the underserved. She served as a co-director of the student-run UCSF Homeless Clinic and has completed a yearlong PROF-PATH research fellowship for students taking part in health disparities research during which she examined symptom experience of older homeless adults in Oakland under the mentorship of Dr. Margot Kushel in the HOPE HOME (Health Outcomes in People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle agE) Study. As a PCLA Fellow, she will help facilitate student-led efforts in PCLA including the Student Service Learning Experiences Executive Council, which unites student clinic leaders to oversee the care delivered across the UCSF student-run clinics. She hopes to pursue an academic career in primary care addressing issues in homeless and immigrant health where she will remain involved with community partnerships and mentor and teach future students interested in pursuing careers to address health disparities.

  • Maggie Dietrich, MD, PCLA Medical Education Fellow 
  • Kaitlyn Krauss, MD, PCLA Medical Education Fellow


Past Interns and Fellows:

2016-2017 Interns and Fellows:

  • Elaine Lee, Gibbs Fellow
  • Samantha Masaki, CEPC Fellow
  • Alice Mao, CEPC Fellow
  • Leah Rorvig, MD, PCLA Medical Education Fellow


2015-2016 Interns and Fellows:

  • Kira Levy, CEPC Fellow
  • Jordan Nahas-Vigon, Bridges Fellow
  • Tem Woldeyesus, PCLA Fellow
  • Folashade Wolfe-Modupe, Gibbs Fellow


2015 Summer Projects and Interns:

  • Abigail Arons, PCLA planning
  • Jillian Geissler, FCM pipeline with Mission High School students
  • Heneliaka Jones, FCM pipeline with Mission High School students
  • Rachel Schenker, PCLA planning


2014-2015 Interns and Fellows:

  • Nathan Cade, PCLA intern
  • Jennifer Sneden, PCLA intern
  • Maisha Davis, Gibbs Fellow
  • Jacob Mirsky, PCLA Fellow
  • Sonali Sheth, CEPC Fellow