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OMEF Spotlight: Meet Osmosis Medical Education Fellow Jennifer Chinchilla Meza

Julie Ngo
Published on Jun 25, 2020. Updated on Sep 15, 2020.

Applications for the 2020-2021 Osmosis Medical Education Fellowship program are now open! The Osmosis Medical Education Fellow (OMEF) program is an application-only facet for our student advocates who want to spread the Osmosis values to their classmates. We aim to grow, develop, empower a team of Osmosis leaders to spread the Osmosis culture and values to learners across the globe. Meet two members of our most recent cohort—Julie Ngo and Jennifer Chinchilla Meza—in today’s interview spotlight!

JULIE NGO: As a fellow OMEF and second-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine with Jennifer, I have gotten to know Jennifer as a peer. In the past year, we co-hosted on-campus events regarding utilizing supplemental resources, as well as events to promote wellness. 

Before we delve deeper into the interview with Jennifer, I can share a little bit about how second year is structured for both of us at our medical school. With an emphasis in early clinical experiences incorporated in our flipped-classroom style and problem-based style learning curriculum, both Jennifer and I have had the opportunity to experience Emergency Medicine, Women’s Health, Inpatient and Outpatient Internal Medicine, and Inpatient Pediatrics rotations. Second year has challenged us to time manage more effectively, as well as inspiring us to continue this journey in medicine even further. As I interview Jennifer, I reflect on my own inspirations to medicine and how Osmosis has provided me additional visual learning resources as a nontraditional medical student.

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About Jennifer

Jennifer is currently a second year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She is a San Francisco-native who holds leadership roles in Latino Medical Student Association and the Women's Health Interest Group. She currently has interests in OB/GYN and Internal Medicine, and shared with us her experiences in medical school and Osmosis.


Illustration of an Osmosis Medical Education Fellow standing beside the Golden Gate Bridge.

JULIE NGO: Hi Jennifer! Can you start by telling me a little bit about yourself?

JENNIFER CHINCHILLA MEZA: I am a first generation Latina born and raised in the Bay Area, CA. I was born in San Francisco, moved to Daly City, San Pablo, and Antioch for High School. I then did undergrad at San Francisco State University. Go gators!

JULIE NGO: What inspired you to pursue medicine?

JENNIFER CHINCHILLA MEZA: Growing up, I saw a lot of health disparities in my community and wanted to make a change.

JULIE NGO: Are there any specific resources or programs you would like to highlight that assisted you in your journey into medicine?

JENNIFER CHINCHILLA MEZA: I did a post-baccalaureate program at the University of California, Davis and I felt like it was instrumental to my being accepted.

JULIE NGO: How has Osmosis helped you in medical school?

JENNIFER CHINCHILLA MEZA: I am a visual learner so I have been able to really learn dense material in my preferred method of studying.

JULIE NGO: Any highlights of medical school would you like to share with us?

JENNIFER CHINCHILLA MEZA: I recently got elected to serve on the regional board for the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Midwest Regional Board.

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JULIE NGO: What did you wish you had known about medical school that you had known prior to first year?

JENNIFER CHINCHILLA MEZA: Slow and steady wins the race! It’s easier said than done, but please remember to stay in your lane and go at the pace that you need to go.

JULIE NGO: Who or what keeps you sane in medical school?

JENNIFER CHINCHILLA MEZA: My puppy, Frankie! I never believed that dogs were great therapy, but they truly are.

JULIE NGO: Thanks for speaking with me today, Jennifer!


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About Julie

Julie Ngo is a second-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. She received her bachelors of science from University of California, Davis, and has worked in respiratory disease research as well as nonprofit primary care clinics. She is currently interested in family medicine with a focus in geriatrics.

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