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.

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?
I want to continue to serve on the board to stay involved with a club that I find very important to myself. I also want to continue to see PMA grow as a club and make an impact in not only our UH Campus but also in the community. I would love to be the president to be able to take part in not only one position, but to oversee and help out all of the board members who have their own responsibilities.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
I am dedicated, responsible, and am self-driven. I get along with others very well and can be a leader, a follower, and a team player when needed. I have prior experience on the board, which I believe will be very beneficial. I can also learn from the past board members mistakes and prevent it from happening again.

What experiences have prepared you for this?
I’ve been involved in clubs since high school and took a variety of leadership roles such as president, secretary, and etc. I also continued in college by joining clubs such as PMA, Relay for Life, etc., and also took on leadership roles such as the Director of Community Service, and Co-Chair of the Sponsorship committee.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?
I would love to see more socials for our club in order for all of us to become closer to one another. I think that a trip or an outing would be the perfect opportunity for a club as big as ours to create new bonds and friendships. I would also like to see PMA acknowledged as a great club from our peers on the UH campus.

 

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.

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?
I decided to run for vice president of the Pre-Medical Association because I really enjoy all that PMA has provided me so far. I received the opportunity to contact, interact, and connect with current and potential medical professionals all over Hawaii. These are people I would work with in the future as I do plan on practicing in Hawaii after I graduate medical school and finish residency. As vice president, I can see to it that the club continues to grow to give more pre medical students opportunities to achieve their goal of working in the medical field.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
I have served in various leadership positions throughout high school and currently in college. In high school I served on my robotics club as the Director of Public Relations as well as coordinated a couple of huge events and competitions that involved inviting other public schools from around the state to attend. Currently, I serve on the executive board for my lion dance association as the secretary. I am a really organized person, and I actually enjoy planning events and opportunities for others to benefit from.

What experiences have prepared you for this?
I’ve been in PMA for the last three semesters and I have gotten the opportunity to serve on the Medical Education Committee. Within the Medical Education Committee I got a glimpse into the life of an officer and the amount of work they have to put into making sure the club runs properly. Although, I know it would take up a lot of time and effort, I am willing to sacrifice some time to make sure this club continues to be as great as I found it when I first joined.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?
I would really like to find a way to connect more pre-medical students to the hospitals. I find it’s really important for medical school applications, but more importantly for pre-med students, to see what really occurs in a hospital. They need to see what the life of a doctor really is and determine if medicine is the right career path for him/her. As vice president, I might instill the position of working to find doctors for students to shadow or extend the role to connecting student directly to medical professions.

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.

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?
I want to be the secretary for PMA because it would allow me to contribute more to the
club. I think I would be successful in this position because I am very organized and
responsible.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
I would make a great officer because I am very dedicated. I have been very active
throughout these semesters and I know that I will be able to continue that if I were an
officer. I am very willing to help in any way possible and I hope that I’ll be able to make
PMA awesome for everyone next year.

What experiences have prepared you for this?
An experience that I have is that I was an officer for a club in high school. Being an
officer taught me about being a leader, taking initiative, and helping others. I feel that I
will be able to carry these on to PMA and positively impact the club.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?
I would like PMA to try and pursue a spring break trip to a neighbor island next year.

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!

Why do you want to serve this officer position?
I want to serve for this officer position because I am aware of the responsibilities and tasks required of the Treasurer from being a part of this school year’s fundraising committee. As the only member who assisted and learned from this year’s Treasurer, I feel that I would be most suited for this role. I also know that by becoming Treasurer, I can offer a lot of service to the club, which is what I love to do—serve.  

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
I think one of the most important qualities in a good officer is to have a friendly demeanor because that makes you approachable and allows you to bond well with all the members of the club. I do believe that I have that trait. In addition, I am very dedicated person.
If my heart lies in something and/or in a position that has important responsibilities, then I do my best to perform well. I wouldn’t want to let down the people who rely on me by failing to do something on time, etc.

What experiences have prepared you for this?
Because I was a part of this year’s fundraising committee and assisted the current Treasurer in some her duties, I have had numerous experiences that have given me sufficient preparation to be on my own. (Kellie does plan on giving me a Treasurer’s Bible, which shall act as a supplement.) This school year, I—for the most part—organized the Cookie Corner Fundraiser, which was quite successful. I learned many things from doing that, such as all the logistics, which I can carry on for next school year. Also, I participated in the presentations for the ASUH and SAPFB funding for our banquets and general meetings. Lastly, I assisted the Treasurer with some applications, paperwork, and the car washes.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?

I would like to see PMA more family-like. Everyone does get along and are friendly with one another, but it would be so awesome if we were all “tight”, which is difficult to do with such a huge club. I think we should do a lot more getting-to-know-you type of games or activities.  I also want to look into the club fundraising at Stan Sheriff or the Aloha Stadium by doing the concession stands because I realized people would rather serve to earn money, than ask people for money in return for food.

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

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?

I want to serve in this position because I want to be more involved in the Pre-Medical Association as an officer. I think that being on the board will be a great way to practice leadership skills as well as learn more skills about being on a team. As a Director of Community Service I'll also be able to network with various organizations as I coordinate activities with my committee.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
I'm very personable. If members would like to approach me with questions, it would be very easy for them to. I will listen with an open mind and take their opinions into account. I'm also very flexible. As a leader, this quality will make it easier to collaborate with others about plans. In addition, a quality I have as a leader is that I'm a good follower. I'll listen to my peers and follow directions from other officers as well.

What experiences have prepared you for this?
I have various leadership experiences for organizations from high school. I've held positions like President,  Vice President,  Secretary,  Treasurer and Editor for these organizations--specifically in National Honor Society,  Key Club, Helping Hearts Club, Spanish Club and Student Council. From these experiences I've learned how to plan and manage events as well as membership. I've also learned how to work in a team to create ideas that fit the goals of the organization. In addition,  I'm prepared to be the PMA Director of Community Service from my experience in the Community Service Committee where I've planned and managed at least two events for the PMA members. 

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?

I would like PMA to work on keeping members active. Perhaps we can create more incentives to have people reach active status. This can be done by creating events that are easily accessible for members (I.e. Closer to or on campus). Hopefully, next year the trip for Spring Break can go through because I think that's a great way for members to keep their interests piqued as well as provide a greater experience for medical education in a new environment. Though it's still interisland,  the experience can show a new perspective from what members have already experienced.

 

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.

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?
I was on the Volunteer committee for PMA this past year, and it was a very rewarding
experience. I enjoyed planning the events and I like working closely with the PMA members to
make a difference in our community.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
I am organized, good at planning, am able to catch onto things and adapt to different situations
and scenarios quickly, am good at communicating with others, enjoy working with the PMA
members, and I am able to perform well under stress.
What experiences have prepared you for this?

I served on the PMA volunteer committee during the 2014-2015 school year, and in high school
I served as president of the medical science club for 2 consecutive years. I also have leadership
experience as Vice President of the VSAUH club.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?
I want the club to work more hands on hands with events that have to do directly with medicine.
This could involve volunteer for an entire day (during the weekend) at hospitals or visiting the
kid’s nursing home (Kulana Malama) on the West side of the island (I think it’s on the West
side). I also want to get more involved with volunteering for the homeless and do some intense
volunteering at medical related events (such as Kids Fest). I also want to do more holidayrelated
volunteering at care homes or homeless shelters during Christmas.

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.

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?
I want to serve the club as the Director of Medical education because this position would give me the best opportunity to help the club learn more about the practice of medicine and other healthcare topics.  When I joined the club, I had little knowledge about other specialties in medicine, the application process, or even important health issues going on in the world.  By going to medical education events, I learned much about medicine and healthcare which kept me inspired to continue the path in becoming a physician.  I want to continue this effort and educate the club.
What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
Three main qualities I have that will make me a good officer are my patience, desire to help people, and my friendliness.  With my ability to be patient, I will be able to listen to other's explanations completely and work things out without making impulsive decisions due to impatience.  My strong desire to help people especially teaching them new ideas to help them in the future, will drive me to provide as much information to the members as I can.  My friendly personality will help me get to know other people better and make me a more approachable person.
What experiences have prepared you for this?
Last semester, I joined the Medical Education Committee which gave me hands-on experience in being the Director of Medical Education.   Although this experience was not all of what the Director does, I was able to perform various tasks the Director does such as contacting people to speak at medical education events and working with other people to make the events possible.  I found this experience to be very insightful and definitely relevant to me in preparation to becoming the Director of Medical Education.
Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?

I would like PMA to connect to JABSOM more, especially the Medical Student Mentorship Program, since both groups are striving for a common goal which is to educate students about healthcare topics, the practice of medicine, and medical school.  Additionally, I want to expose PMA to community healthcare topics which involves areas such as the underserved populations which is a problem our healthcare system faces.

 

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!

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?

I want to serve as the next Director of Student Relations because I believe that PMA is more than just the free food at GMs.  PMA is a great networking opportunity to get to know not only leaders within the community we meet through community service but also students on campus who may not be majoring in the same subject as you but have the passion to get out there and help others! Getting to know each other within the club can mean something as simple as finding a cute tutor for that one class that you've been struggling in.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
The first qualities that I can would make me a good officer patience and adaptability. I have 1 year experience working as an instructor for adult learners and 2 years experience as an mentor/tutor for children ages 5-12.  Those 5 year olds are tough little cookies when it comes to negotiating between something they've set their minds versus getting them to do something you want.  Also, I plan on making all SR events fun and exciting to help everyone get away from their studies and relax before burning out!

What experiences have prepared you for this?
I feel that I a great candidate for this position because of my prior experience as banquet committee member from prior semesters as well as currently.  I have also organized and coordinated several volunteer groups for numerous events.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?
It would greatly benefit PMA to host more social events focused on getting to know each other in the club.  I would love for PMA to continue with their inter-island volunteer trips! I unfortunately missed the last one due to being overseas for work and feel like I missed out on a great bonding experience with other PMA members without the trip this year.  I also appreciated the great opportunity to volunteer for the American Heart Association's Heart Ball.

 

Name: Jamie Wong
Major/Minor: Molecular Cell Biology
Career Interest: Medicine
Number of semesters with PMA: 2
Autobiography :
My name is Jamie and I was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii. I joined PMA because I wanted to network with people who shared the same interest in the healthcare field. My interest in healthcare began in middle school. I had an amazing pediatrician who really listened, cared, and made me feel safe. He really was the definition of quality health care. Since then and my recent years in college, my desire to become an honest and great physician increased significantly. The many opportunities in PMA helped and continues to help me confirm that I want my career to be in health. I hope it can do the same for you. As director of student relations, I will strive to create many opportunities for us to connect and create many wonderful fellowships. We are in this journey together folks!

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?

I would like to serve as your director of student relations because I strongly believe I can make a difference and bring fresh enthusiasm to the club. From my past experience of being in PMA, I’ve felt that there was something missing. There weren’t enough opportunities for us to socialize. Therefore, I really would like for the socialization aspect of this club to be more present. I want to create an club environment where we can be comfortable with one another and have a strong and enjoyable networking system.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?

I am responsible and strive for greatness in everything I do. Therefore, I will work hard to make PMA a great club everyone will enjoy. Besides being dedicated to my work, I am also very flexible. I’m open to new ideas and suggestions. In fact, I really enjoy consolidating diverse ideas and creating an event/theme out of it! My past and current part-time jobs also taught me how to manage my time. Time management is truly an important quality to have as an officer as it is important to invest time in PMA while balancing school/work life. Given these qualities, you can count of me to be a dedicated and dependable officer!

What experiences have prepared you for this?

I’ve held a few leadership positions in high school. One leadership experience was being the president of the Chinese culture club. The club was only one year active at the time (my brother founded the club the year before) so I was presented with many situations where I had to be proactive and creative. I’ve actually initiated events that became annual/quarterly events since I’ve graduated (OK, a lot of the events were food related). I get really passionate when it comes to planning activities.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?

I would like PMA to have more adventurous social events, such as a camping trip! PMA should also strive to have a winter/spring break trip next year since we weren’t able to have one this year.

 

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.

Why do you want to serve in this officer position?
I really enjoyed my experience in PMA these last two years and I would like to serve in this officer position because I want to stay involved in PMA.

What qualities do you have that will make you a good officer?
I am willing to help out in any way possible to help the club succeed.

What experiences have prepared you for this?

I have experience serving as Webmaster this previous year.

Are there any initiatives you would like PMA to pursue next year?
I would like to have a spring beak trip next year.