Mary Ann Lunsford Summer Externship for Pre-Medical Students

Program Description:
The Externship provides an in-depth exposure to all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular disease as enumerated in the attached schedule. Two six week periods with two positions each are offered (total of 4 students/ summer) and a $1000 stipend is provided to each student after the externship term. The Externship is sponsored by the Division of Cardiology and the Mary Ann Lunsford Endowment Fund. The application deadline for the externship is April 1st.

Program Purpose:
The purpose of the Externship is to provide qualified students interested in pursuing a career medicine, a broad introduction to the Memorial Hermann Hospital and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth with a focus on cardiovascular medicine.

Program Pre-Requisites:
1. A junior in college (completing the third year)
2. Seriously interested in pursuing a career in medicine
3. Possesses a 3.6 GPA or higher
4. Interested in actively participating in an intense learning experience at the cutting edge of
Cardiovascular Medicine

Course Director:

Richard W. Smalling, MD PhD
James D. Woods Distinguished Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine

Course Coordinator:

Araceli Rosas, Senior Administrative Assistant, (713)500-6511

Application Information and Deadline:

The application deadline for the summer externship is April 1st.
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The Mary Ann Lunsford Cardiology Summer Externs 2017

Delfina Bur

Delfina Bur, May 22rd – June 30th
University of Virginia, Major: Neuroscience and Psychology

Delfina is a Distinguished Major in Neuroscience and has been named to the Dean’s List.  She is the Program Director of the Student Interpreter’s Service Initiative Unit of the Madison House and is a Cyracom Certified Medical Spanish Interpreter.  She is a member of Delta Delta Delta and the Latino Medical Student Alliance.  She is part of “Towards A Better Latin America”, which raises funds for countries in Central America that are in dire condition, and volunteers at Loaves and Fishes Pantry.  She has done a significant amount of research working in several labs at the University of Virginia and was selected to present an abstract at the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Hunter Bechtold

Hunter Bechtold, May 22rd – June 30th
University of Texas at Austin, Major: Biochemistry/ History

Hunter is the recipient of the College of Natural Sciences Book Award, he is a Distinguished College Scholar for the College of Natural Sciences, a Distinguished College Scholar for the College of Liberal Arts, Ampla cum Laude – College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Honor List, and the University Honors List.  He is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta – Premedical Honor Society and Phi Alpha Theta – History Honor Society. He volunteers as a Program Director for Mt. Nebo Volunteer Tutoring Program tutoring underserved children.  He is also Interning as a Teaching Assistant for Biochemistry.

Alex Pham

Alex Pham, July 5th – August 11th
University of Houston – Main Campus, Major: Honors Biomedical Sciences

Alex is the recipient of the Tier One Scholarship and Honors College Scholarship, and has been named to the NSM Dean’s list at the University of Houston.  He conducts research at the UH Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling (CNRCS) and was awarded the Audience Favorite Poster Award on UH Undergraduate Research Day 2015. He is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Texas Delta Chapter – Premedical Honor Society and serves on the HBS Medical School Interactions Committee.  He volunteers for the Sakya Care Foundation – Vietnam Medical Brigade, as well as Texas Children’s Hospital. In addition, he participates in community outreach projects to provide support for refugees through Voices of UH.

Christian Caranto

Christian A. Caranto, July 5th – August 11th
University of Texas at Austin, Major: BSA Biochemistry/ McCombs Business Certificate

Christian is a University Honors Recipient and has been selected to participate in the Freshman Research Initiative.  She is a member of Alpha Epsilon Delta – Premedical Honor Society and has organized several community events for the organization.  She volunteers with 2 Elementary Schools in the area by organizing events, teaching the students in chemistry, biology and earth science and reading to students.  She has also participated in MD Anderson Programs as a Research Trainee.


The Mary Ann Lunsford Cardiology Summer Externs 2016

Rachel Carlson, May 23rd – July 1st
University of Alabama, Major: Biology

Rachel has received several honors such as President’s List, University Honors, and the University of Alabama Scholars Scholarship.  She is the International Student Ambassador to Serbia representing the Department of State, a research assistant in the animal behavior lab and was Project Health Ambassador in the Peer Health Education Internship.  She is CNA certified and volunteers at a Hypertension Clinic in Marion, AL and the West End Health Project in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Yasmin Tuchaai, May 23rd – July 1st
University of Texas at Austin, Major: Biology (Honors)
Yasmin is in the UT Austin Natural Science Honors: Health Science Scholars program and has also received University Academic Honors.  She is originally from Australia, and upon coming to the US she began volunteering for the Community Volunteer Fire Department and received the 2014 President’s Volunteer Service Award for her efforts.  Last summer, she was a CPRIT/UTHealth undergraduate research intern conducting research at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital and was the recipient of the Qualtrics Behavioral Sciences Research Grant for her honor thesis titled: An Intervention to Change the Paradigm of Long-Term Care for Cancer Survivors and Americans with Disabilities.

Jana Gutierrez, July 5th – August 12th
University of Texas at Austin, Major: Public Health

Jana is the recipient of several honors and awards including University Honors, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Achievement Scholarship in 2015 and HLSR Metropolitan Scholarship in 2013.  She also volunteers at the University Health Services as a Healthy Horn Volunteer, University of the East Medical Center, and Global Medical Training Nicaragua.  She also serves on the Student Health Advisory Committee and UT Counseling and Mental Health Center Advisory Committee.

Connor Groff, July 5th – August 12th
University of Texas at Austin, Major: Physics

Connor has received several scholarships based on academic merit such as National Science Foundation S-STEM Scholarship, Walter Davis Scholarship, Continuing UST Student Scholarship and Margaret Reddie Scholarship in Mathematics.  He was also awarded the Welch Foundation Chemistry Scholarship for research performed with Dr. Elmer B. Ledesma.  In addition, he volunteers as a physician assistant for Dr. James J. Fleming.

The Mary Ann Lunsford Cardiology Summer Externs 2015

Jenny Shin, May 18th – June 26th 
University of Texas – Austin, Major: Neurobiology

Last year Jenny participated in the 2014 Summer Externship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She is EMT-B certified and also worked as an ER scribe in Dallas, TX. She volunteered at a community hospital and elementary school in Kathmandu, Nepal for one month. She also worked as a research assistant at UT Southwestern for one year. She is the recipient of the UT Academic Distinguished Honors Scholar, on the Dean’s List at Duke University and a Gamma Beta Phi.

Erisa Hysi, May 18th – June 26th 
Rice University, Major: Biochemistry
Erisa Hysi participated in the Rice Summer Program in 2014, HCC-UST Research Program 2013-2014 and a Pre-Medical Internship in Istanbul. She is also representative of North American Professional and Entrepreneurs Council. She has been awarded the Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Parker Starr, June 29th – August 7th 
Texas A&M University, Major: Chemical Engineering

Parker is the recipient of several honors and scholars including National Merit Scholar, Undergraduate Research Scholar, University Honors, President’s Endowed Scholar, AP Scholar, and he has also earned Texas All-State Musician. He has recently worked in Texas A&M Biomedical Device Lab and worked alongside anesthesiologists.

Jocelyn M. Carnicle, June 29th – August 7th
University of Texas San Antonio, Major: Biology

Jocelyn recently participated in the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program in 2014, was nominated at the “Most Outstanding Sophomore” at UTSA in 2014 and was awarded “Who’s Who at UTSA”. She has volunteered at Tandi Medical Center, was selected into the 2013 HENAAC Scholar’s Program/ Great Minds in STEM and serves as a UTSA Ambassador.