Featured Alumni

Here are a few of our alumni and what they are currently doing! 

Mindy Duong 

xi Class

Graduation Year: 2014 | Degree: Physiological Sciences, B.S.

What are some things you love to do?

I love photography, traveling, going to art museums, and eating and cooking yummy food!

How were you involved in PhiDE? And how has PhiDE impacted you?

I was in PhiDE all four years of UCLA, and it shaped me into a harder worker, better leader, and successful applicant to medical school! Being in PhiDE was a resource of many leadership and learning opportunities, and also opened so many doors for me to other medical organizations and research opportunities on campus. Most of all, PhiDE was an incredible support system like no other on campus - this family will work and study with you, play with you, and cheer for you, and I had the time of my life!

What are you up to now?

I am currently a first year medical student (soon to be second year) at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. I am the President of the Phi Delta Epsilon medical chapter at Case, and am also involved in other things at the school like APAMSA, Anatomy Camp, and Doc Opera, among other things! I'm loving exploring Cleveland and learning all about medicine and how to best care for patients.

Lisa Shue

Omicron Class

Graduation Year: 2014 | Degree: MIMG, B.S.

What are some things you love to do?

I love sleeping, cooking (but not the cleaning up part...), fashion/makeup, electronic music, and dancing the night away with friends!

How were you involved in PhiDE? And how has PhiDE impacted you?

I've been in PhiDE since my first year, and was a former Academic Chair. Upon looking back on my college experiences and seeing where I am now, I realize that most of my closest friends are from PhiDE! I've met some great people through this organization and those relationships are priceless.

What are you up to now?

I'm a research technician at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute working on stem cell modeling of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. I'm also a medical scribe and trainer at St. John's Health Center Emergency Department in Santa Monica. Keeping busy until I apply for medical school in June 2015!

Carly Kawanishi 

Omicron Class

Graduation Year: 2014 | Degree: Physiological Sciences, B.S.

What are some things you love to do?

I love being able to explore LA, particularly the food scene tbh. Also, in my free time I love volunteering at the animal shelter, because cats.

How were you involved in PhiDE? And how has PhiDE impacted you?

Joining PhiDE was probably the biggest game changer of my undergrad career. I joined PhiDE the spring quarter of my first year, and it was really the first major org on campus I had ever been a part of. PhiDE gave me the support system that carried me through college and my closest college friends. It also introduced me to the wealth of student activities and organizations available on campus, which ultimately helped me to better understand my passion for medicine. After spending 2 terms as social chair, my time in PhiDE helped me become a better leader and allowed me to grow and learn so much about myself in the process.

What are you up to now?

I am taking a few gap years before starting Med School, and hope to apply in this upcoming cycle. Currently I am working as a Medical Scribe in the Emergency Department at Centinela Hospital. I've been volunteering with the UCLA Mobile Clinic, which was something I always wanted to do during undergrad and love immensely. I've also continued my involvement with UCLA Unicamp, being a part of Unicorps this past year.

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Sabrina Jiang

Pi Class

Graduation Year: 2014 | Degree: Psychobiology, B.S.

What are some things you love to do?

Honestly, I'm a bit of a homebody so a lot of the things I love to do involve staying in: reading, baking, cooking, and watching TV. But, if you find me a roller coaster, I will be first in line. One of these days, I will go skydiving and bungee jumping in New Zealand (or at least, that's the current plan).

How were you involved in PhiDE? And how has PhiDE impacted you?

I honestly rushed PhiDE on whim but I can honestly say it has been one of the best, if not the best, decision I've made in my entire UCLA career. I came to UCLA, and LA, basically knowing no one and PhiDE gave me not just lifelong friends but a family, a group of people who pushed me to grow but caught me when I fell.

What are you up to now?

Currently, I'm taking some time off from school to relax a little bit before jumping back into school. I was just accepted into Columbia University's Master of Science in Nutrition at the Institute of Human Nutrition, so I'll be moving to New York this summer!