Thank you for participating in the elections for the 2015-2016 PMA Executive Board! Please view the profiles of the candidates below. Don't forget to submit your vote on Wednesday, April 1 at the Fourth General Meeting!

PRESIDENT:

Name: Sylvia Koo
Major/Minor: Microbiology, Korean minor
Career Interest: General Surgery
Number of Semesters with PMA: 3

Autobiography:
Hi! My name is Sylvia Koo and I am currently a Sophomore classified as a Junior majoring in Microbiology and minoring in Korean. I have lived on Oahu my entire life, graduated from Kalani High School in 2013 and then entered UH Manoa. I’ve always been interested in the health field since high school where I first started as a volunteer at Kapiolani Hospital in the ER and Mother Baby Care unit. Since then, I’ve always been searching for opportunities that could expose me to different aspects of the health field. I’ve shadowed orthopedic surgeons and a general surgeon, and witnessed a ton of live surgeries in the OR at the Straub Clinic and Hospital. I really enjoy going to the beach and taking part in outdoor activities with my friends and family. I absolutely love pickles and will eat them anywhere at anytime. I also love playing the piano.

VICE PRESIDENT:

Name: Abraham Kwan
Major/Minor: Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology
Career Interest: Cardiology
Number of semesters with PMA: 3
Autobiography :
I was born and raised in Waipahu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. As an alumnus of Moanalua High School, I am currently in my second year at the University of Hawaii at Manoa pursuing a major in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology. Outside of school I enjoy hanging out, going to the beach, playing tennis, and Chinese lion dancing. I first decided to go into medicine after competing in a science competition called Science Olympiad. Within that competition, I was required to learn about the anatomy of the human body, specifically the circulatory and nervous system, and I grew to love reading about those topics. It was something I didn’t mind spending my free time to learn about, and as a middle school kid it was tough to keep my attention on something for long. I continued through high school with same ambition, but at the same time keeping my options open with other careers like engineering and research. My mind kept rebounding back to medicine as it was a career I could see myself excited to go to work every day to help others get back on track with their own lives. It involved topics I would enjoy learning about. I can make a difference, and I could see myself spending the next several decades of my life doing that job.

 

SECRETARY:

Name: Krissen Lee
Major/Minor: Biology
Career Interest: Internist
Number of semesters with PMA: 1
Autobiography :
I am from Aiea and graduated from Moanalua High School. I enjoy
playing tennis, hiking, shopping, and reading.

 

TREASURER:

Name: Jessica Cabusog
Major/Minor: Biology
Career Interest: Geriatrician
Number of semesters with PMA: 1
Autobiography :
Hello, everyone! My name is Jessica Cabusog and I am currently a freshman, majoring in Biology. I enjoy binging on Netflix (like most people), singing for fun, making weird and unattractive faces, and exploring new things and places. Random fact: When I get my period late, I think that I’m the next Mary and will produce the next baby Jesus, but then I remind myself, you’re not THAT special. I also like to ponder about life a lot and think how we all aren’t really free and just slaves to a system. And sometimes I think about how I was born in the wrong generation and should have been born in the 30s instead because I love everything of that time period. Well, that’s a bit of me!

DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY SERVICE:

Name: Lea Lacar
Major/Minor: Biochemistry
Career Interest: Medicine
Number of semesters with PMA: 3
Autobiography :
I'm currently a junior in class standing but in my second year of college. I plan to attend medical school after graduating the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I hope to become a physician so that I can help people overcome their health obstacles. I'm not quite sure what specialty to go into yet but I'm leaning into cardiology or nephrology due to the struggles my mom has experienced as a patient for both areas of her body. If I go into these specialties I know I'll be able to perform a quality job for my patients so they don't have to suffer by returning to the doctor for the same issue. I'm working hard for this future. However, in my free time,  I like to have adventures and take advantage of the fact that I live in Hawaii. I like snorkeling and surfing with my friends and the occasional life-threatening hike. Some days I'm just the type of girl who will lie around in her pajamas reading a good book or watching shows on Netflix. Though relaxing is fun, I believe in working hard to achieve my goals. My efforts in life pave the path to my future and I do my best to make sure I reach my goals--whether they're short-term or long-term.

Name: Lynn Nguyen
Major/Minor: Biology
Career Interest: Pediatrician
Number of semesters with PMA: 1
Autobiography :
I was born in Hawaii, am fluent in Vietnamese, and I know some Spanish. I
like to go hiking with family and friends and go on adventures outdoors.

DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL EDUCATION:

Name: Charles Kim
Major/Minor: Psychology
Career Interest: Family Medicine
Number of semesters with PMA: 1
Autobiography :
My name is Charles Kim and I was born in July 7th 1993 in Maui where I spent the majority of my life until I graduated from high school.  At around age 3, it was clear to myself and others that I really enjoyed helping people and making new friends.  My mom who saw how friendly I was gave me the nickname "Mr. Aloha".  Today, I do not go by "Mr. Aloha" anymore because I feel like I have enough nicknames already.   However, I am still very friendly and eager to help people out.  Despite my friendly personality, throughout my elementary years I had bullies that attacked me emotionally and physically.  Despite the negative aspects of being bullied, I believe those events ultimately shaped me into who I am now.  Instead of being bitter about the past, I made sure to better myself and strengthen the qualities I value such as being friendly, remaining strong despite harsh times, and always wanting to help people.  When I attended high school, I made the decision to become a clinical psychologist.   I believed that talking was the best way to help people with their problems.  However, as I entered college and started taking psychology courses, I realized counseling people was not enough for me.  I realized in my sophomore year being a physician would allow me to care for the person's physical health and their emotional wellbeing.  I am still striving to become a physician by gaining more experience through serving others.

 

DIRECTOR OF STUDENT RELATIONS:

Name: Billy Nikhomvan
Major/Minor: Public Health/Chinese
Career Interest: Physician Assistant
Number of semesters with PMA: 2
Autobiography :
I have lived all over the country, but until last year I had never left the United States. Last year I spent time in Afghanistan and volunteered at the local hospital there. It was an interesting experience but it is time to buckle down and get back into school! I've taken the long route and am on that 10 year-track because I didn't always want to go the medical path.  Freshman year I wanted to go into international business while in North Carolina, then I went to California to study linguistics, and now I am in Hawaii still not 100% positive about what I want to do when I grow up.  PMA has been a great experience for me and an awesome medium for meeting awesome people!  I want to keep PMA alive and strong in the networking aspect to help all the students new to island as well as helping those who have lived here their entire lives connect others from across the other side of the H1.  We are all in different parts of our lives, but I love that we can come together to learn more about the medical career options available to us while having fun volunteering and helping others!

 

Name: Jamie Wong
Major/Minor: Molecular Cell Biology
Career Interest: Medicine
Number of semesters with PMA: 2
Autobiography :
Hi my name is Jamie and I can bring fresh enthusiasm to the club. I honestly want to everyone to experience a positive and exciting fellowship. I am responsible and strive for greatness. I am very flexible to new ideas and suggestions.

 

WEBMASTER:

Name: Sean Saito
Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Career Interest: Medicine
Number of semesters with PMA: 3
Autobiography :
Hi my name is Sean Saito and I am currently a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I am from Hawaii Kai and I attended Maryknoll High School. I like eating, sleeping, and hiking.