• Personal Bio

    I took a detour on my inevitable path to medicine when I studied theater and fashion at Boston University. Through the arts, I found my passion of social justice medicine and healthcare equality. I joined the PPSC as a way to get more involved with my postbac peers and give back to a program that is helping me achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a physician.

  • Personal Bio

    Hello! My name is Kat Slagell and I am the VP of Community Outreach. As such, I will be bringing community based events, volunteer opportunities, and services to the Postbac/Premed student body. Please reach out to me if you have any ideas or preferences!

    I have a BFA in stage management from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University and had a wonderful career in opera and live events before coming to Columbia. When I started the program in the Fall of 2020, I received invaluable support and guidance from the PPSC officers at the time and became an officer myself to help pay that forward.

    In addition to my responsibilities with the PPSC and as a Disability Justice Liason, I held a year long internship in the Emergency Medicine Research Department at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, volunteer as a care provider for patients recovering from gender affirming surgery through QueerCare, and will be an intern at the Mt. Sinai Brain Bank during the 22-23 school year. 

    I love traveling at home and abroad, reading, running, and taking historical walking tours of NYC!

  • Personal Bio

    Hi everyone! I’m a third year Postbac working full time while in the program. I studied cultural music and Spanish as an ungrad at NYU, and I love to travel and spend time with people from all around the world. After being treated for (and beating!) cancer, my path shifted to medicine with the goal of becoming a physician. I could not be more excited to partner with my patients to allow them to enjoy their lives to the fullest! I’m also very excited to be a resource and partner to you all as you succeed in this program, so never hesitate to reach out or come to me with any questions or concerns you may have! I’m always here to connect.

  • Personal Bio

    Andrea Abi-Karam [they/them] is a trans, arab-american poet, activist, and premed postbac student at Columbia University. They are the author ofEXTRATRANSMISSION (Kelsey Street Press 2019), Villainy (Nightboat Books, 2021), and with Kay Gabriel, they co-edited WE WANT IT ALL: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics (Nightboat Books, 2020). They are a Health Educator with Project STAY and currently serve as the Vice President of Medical Specialties on the PPSC.

  • Personal Bio

    Hello! My name is Bella Tincher and I'll be serving as your VP of Social Engagement for the school year! Before attending the program, I majored in architecture at Columbia University and worked at a residential firm.

    Currently, I work as a research assistant in a neurology lab at CUMC that focuses on well-being and education for patients and family members affected by cardiac arrests.

    Outside of class, you'll see me at concerts, happy hours, and the movie theater! In this position, I hope to encourage a work-life balance amongst the post-baccs, especially in this post-Covid time, so if you have any suggestions just email me!


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