The Vision for this program started with two Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook medical students and Stony Brook University alumni, who, through their own, very personal experiences, are committed to creating an educational environment where historically underrepresented Stony Brook University undergraduate student could have access to information, programs, mentoring, faculty and staff in the Health Sciences at Stony Brook University. We thank Jheison Giraldo and Nicholas Browne for not only their commitment to excellence, but desire to have other students have clear pathways to all of the health sciences schools and programs at Stony Brook University.
Jheison Giraldo was born in Medellin, Columbia, South America and immigrated to Brentwood, New York at the age of nine. He graduated from Stony Brook University in 2015, where he completed his Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry. As an immigrant and previous DACA recipient, Jheison was able to navigate through many barriers to become the first in his family to graduate college and matriculate into medical school. Jheison has worked diligently on improving mentorship for historically underrepresented students in medicine as the co-president of the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA).
Nicholas is currently a third year medical student at Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. Graduating from Stony Brook as an undergraduate in 2018, he has used his time in medical school to advocate for local high school students and Stony Brook undergraduate students considering a career in medicine. His work with the Renaissance School of Medicine’s Chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), as a Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) liaison has demonstrated his commitment to those who have faced and continue to face obstacles related to systemic racism, wealth inequality, language barriers and immigration status. He serves on the Stony Brook Honor Code Committee and is an interviewer for the Medical School Admissions Committee. Nicholas hopes to pursue a career in Otolaryngology and continue his advocacy both within and beyond medicine.