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Facilitated Acceptance to Medical Education (FAME) Program

Students-Class of 2022




Aarushi Aggarwal


Aarushi Aggarwal is from Frisco, Texas and graduated as Salutatorian of Liberty High School. While in high school, Aarushi was the President of Key Club, Youth and Government, as well as Vice President of HOSA. As part of her involvement in those organizations, she started a fundraising campaign titled “Love Saves Lives” that raises money for neonatal tetanus shots in underdeveloped countries. Some of her cherished high school memories include winning 2nd place at the International DECA competition for Marketing Communications and 2nd place at the National HOSA competition for Creative Problem Solving. Aarushi is trained in Kathak, an Indian classical dance, and enjoys writing, dancing, reading, and continuing her training for her 2nd degree black belt in Mixed Martial Arts. At UTSA, if you’re looking for Aarushi, you would probably find her listening to Jon Bellion’s music, at Sapna dance practice, the campus recreation center, or at a nearby restaurant trying new food. Aarushi strives to become an Oncologist, but is open to other specialties as well.

Dario Bello


Dario Bello was born in Durrës, Albania, but has lived in San Antonio, Texas for most of his life, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northside Health Careers High School. Throughout high school, Dario competed for his varsity tennis team, reaching regionals his junior and senior years. He also was involved in many organizations such as National Honor Society, Health Occupations Students of America, Business Professionals of America, Mu Alpha Theta, and Pre-Dental Club. At UTSA, he has participated in For The Kids and plans to be involved in other organizations. Dario is interested in becoming a cardiologist and aspires to help those in need abroad. Currently, Dario works as a tennis instructor at the Northside Tennis Center, and enjoys traveling with family, hunting, fishing, and spending time with friends.


Christopher Cavazos


Christopher Cavazos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Louis D. Brandeis High School. In high school, he was the president of his Mu Alpha Theta society, Secretary of his NHS chapter, and played varsity basketball. Over the past year he has been under the mentorship of a Cardiothoracic Anesthesiologist in the San Antonio medical center, and aspires to follow this career path. At UTSA, he is involved with organizations such as Alpha Epsilon Delta, intermural sports, and many Christian groups such as Alpha Omega, Young Life, and ACTS.


Minyoung Chung




Minyoung Chung graduated Salutatorian from Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. Throughout high school, she was avidly involved in music and leadership. She was a member of the top performing school band, a member of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra, and served as the drum major of the marching band for 2 years. Minyoung was also selected as school representative for the Hugh O’Brian Youth(HOBY) Leadership State Conference in 2013 and went on to become a Texas Ambassador at the HOBY World Leadership Conference. She was named a National Merit Finalist Scholar and co-founded the “Coyotes Have Heart” club to raise money and awareness for heart disease. Outside of school, Minyoung contributed to the community by volunteering at the local nursing home and serving as a swim coach for kids on the city amateur swim team. Here at UTSA, she is involved in For The Kids, Ambassadors in Training, and the Unite for Sight organization. Minyoung loves to be active by playing sports and being outdoors, but also enjoys art museums and playing/listening to music.


Kajal Dalal


Kajal Dalal graduated with Latin honors from R. L. Pascal High School in Fort Worth, Texas. Through high school, she was an active member of the student council as secretary, and started the first chapter for Souls for Souls in the nation. Outside of school, she completed research and an internship in chemistry at Texas Christian University and cancer research at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. She is an AP Scholar with Distinction. In her free time, Kajal loves spending time outdoors in her hammock reading books, and is also a licensed scuba diver. At UTSA, she is a member of For The Kids and intramural sports.



Abhipsa Das




Abhipsa Das graduated from Hebron High School in Lewisville, Texas. During her high school years, she served as the President of HOSA: Health Occupations of Students of America, through which she placed as a competitive events and scholarship finalist at the national level. She was able to solidify her interest for medicine by shadowing many health care professionals. HOSA gave her the opportunity to study and present cutting edge Neuro-ophthalmology research. She amassed hundreds of hours volunteering primarily at the Baylor Hospital and the Prestonwood Nursing Home where she developed an interest for geriatrics and pain medicine. She is also a pharmacy technician. Aside from her interests in health care, she was also an avid member of UIL Spelling, the National Honor Society, and Hebron’s first Bollywood dance club. She loves speaking in Hindi and Oriya and is heavily involved with her culture as a classically trained Odissi dancer. She hopes to carry forward her love for her culture by being an enthusiastic dancer on the Sapna dance team. Abhipsa also wants to spend her time on campus as an active part of For the Kids, Globemed, and HOSA.



Matteo Garofal




Matteo Garofalo graduated as Valedictorian from Ball High School in Galveston, Texas. In high school, he was a tri-sport Varsity athlete in soccer, tennis, and basketball. He was also an active member of the National Honor Society, Health Occupations of Students of America, Mu Alpha Theta, and Student Council. Outside of school, Matteo completed research for two summers at the University of Texas Medical Branch and has been published in a medical journal for his research on the effect of dietary antioxidants on Respiratory Syncytial Virus. He also spent his summers as a counselor at Camp Longhorn in Burnet, Texas for the past 2 years. In his free time, Matteo loves playing sports, being outdoors, and engaging in water activities such snorkeling and scuba diving. Matteo hopes to one day become either a Pediatrician or Cardiologist. At UTSA, Matteo is a part of FTK, intermural sports, and student government.


Cortney Holmes




Cortney Holmes is from Galveston, Texas. She graduated one year early with her Associate’sDegree in General Studies from Collegiate High School at College of the Mainland. During high school, she was the vice president of Students for Christ and was actively involved in her youth group. Her older brother, Cody, has Cerebral Palsy. This highly influenced her desire to become a physician. Ultimately, she hopes to become a Dermatologist after graduating from medical school. She would also love to be a part of Doctors Without Borders one day. At UTSA, she is involved in Young Life and is an avid Roadrunner Volleyball fan. In her free time, Cortney enjoys listening to music, spending time with her family, and being outdoors.


Brandon Jessurun




Brandon Jessurun is from Houston, Texas and graduated from Second Baptist High School. In high school, he was actively involved in many clubs like the science and Spanish club. Brandon is very passionate about music and was involved in many musicals such as Cinderella where he received a Tommy Tunes nomination for best featured performer for his role of the town crier. His interests also include tennis, basketball and video games. Brandon hopes to become a primary care physician and hopes FAME will help him achieve his goal even quicker.


Faiz Khan



Faiz Khan is from Plano, Texas, where he graduated with Distinguished Achievement from Plano West Senior High School. In high school, Faiz co-founded and was President of Stand Up 2 Cancer in which he organized multiple volunteer events in collaboration with Children’s Medical Center, such as busy books, blanket making, and toy drives. Moreover, Faiz served as Secretary for his school's Key Club International, competed actively at the state level in UIL and Business Professionals of America, and played for his school’s basketball team. To deepen his understanding of medicine and science, he also pursued cardiology research at the University of Texas at Dallas and volunteered at a free medical clinic and various hospitals. At UTSA, he is involved with For The Kids, Health Occupation Students of America and plays intramural sports. He enjoys eating great food, working out, and traveling to new places. He aspires to pursue a career as a Cardiologist or Oncologist and help the underserved not only in developing countries, but also locally.


Samiya Khan



Samiya Khan was born and raised in Plano, Texas and graduated from Plano West Senior High School in the top 2% of her class as a National Merit Finalist. Due to her passion for global affairs, Samiya participated on the debate team throughout high school where she qualified for TFA state in Congressional Debate and Foreign Extemporaneous Speaking three years in a row, semi-finaled at the Harvard Invitational, and earned a Tournament of Champions qualification by placing at other prestigious tournaments. In addition, Samiya was vice president of Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society where she organized tutoring services for struggling middle and high school students and a junior coach for Girls on the Run through which she taught adolescent girls about fitness, lifestyle, and health. In order to give back, Samiya also volunteered at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Allen, local nursing homes, and with Habitat for Humanity. After shadowing multiple physicians and conducting biomedical research at the University of Texas at Dallas, Samiya was inspired to pursue the medical profession . Aside from academics, Samiya enjoys cooking, traveling, yoga, and anything artsy. She is excited to join clubs like HOSA and For the Kids at UTSA and hopes to combine her passion for global health and policy making in the future.


Christine Lamaie



Christine Lamaie graduated from Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas. During high school, she was a member of the HCHS Choir, the Math Honor Society, and was Vice-President of a local Health Occupational Students of America chapter. Through a clinical rotations course, she shadowed and assisted different healthcare professionals in different hospital units. As a member of the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, she completed a research internship at the UT Health Science Center. There, she performed experiments as part of research on Serratia marcescens, a bacteria known to cause nosocomial infections. Here at UTSA, she is involved in Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship, For The Kids, and Unite for Sight. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends and staying involved in her local church community. Christine is interested in Ophthalmology and plans to practice in an underserved part of South Texas or here in San Antonio.



Rishi Malhotra



Rishi Malhotra was born in Dallas, Texas and graduated in the top 3% of his class from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. In high school, Rishi shadowed both an Orthopedic Surgeon and an Emergency Room physician. This experience, coupled with his experience while volunteering in a pediatric healthcare clinic, greatly contributed to his desire to become a doctor. After competing in a local business plan competition, Rishi also discovered his desire to pursue business integrated with medicine. In his free time, Rishi enjoys playing instruments such as the guitar and piano, as well as playing recreational basketball. He also competed at the district, regional, and state levels as a French Horn player. Rishi is eager to explore the various organizations at UTSA and UTHSCSA such as For the Kids and the Patient Institute. He is also an avid car enthusiast and enjoys learning anything about cars.



Sharon Mathai



Sharon Mathai graduated from Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, TX. Throughout her high school years she played violin in orchestra and was an active member of Science Olympiad and National Honor Society. When she lived in Chicago, she shadowed a primary care physician and the experience spurred her interest in the field of medicine. Sharon has devoted countless hours to volunteering in hospitals and hospice facilities in her community. Sharon is also a certified pharmacy technician. Having had first-hand experiences in various settings with patients from different backgrounds, illnesses, and lifestyles has strengthened her passion to pursue medicine even more. Sharon is also fluent in Malayalam and is proficient in Spanish. She is also actively involved in community service projects at local nursing homes through her church. At UTSA, Sharon plans to be a part of HOSA, Unite for Sight and For the Kids. In her free time, Sharon enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with her family and friends. Sharon is open to exploring different specialities but she has a great interest in working in underserved areas and strives to bring quality healthcare to disadvantaged areas.



Hyelin Oh



Hyelin Oh graduated Summa Cum Laude at Health Careers High School in San Antonio, Texas. During her high school career, Hyelin was an active member of three honor societies and served as president for her high school band. She qualified for Region Band, State Solo and Ensemble competitions, and was named a Texas Music Scholar. Hyelin received second grand prize at the Alamo Regional Academy of Science and Engineering for her research on biomaterials. She aspires to become a pediatric surgeon to help children in need. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.



Panos Papanikolaou



Panos Papanikolaou graduated 9th in his class from Tom C. Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas. Throughout high school, he participated in academic competitions such as Science Bowl and Science UIL, and was involved in various volunteer organizations, including Young Men’s Service League, where he served as Vice President. He volunteered at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio while in high school and has been working as a research intern in the Radiation Oncology department at UTHSCSA since his junior year. Panos is also very active in San Antonio’s Greek-American community, having served as the President of the local Greek Orthodox Youth Association for two consecutive years. He enjoys Greek folk dancing, and performs at the annual Greek Festival and the Texas Folklife Festival in San Antonio. Panos speaks Greek fluently, enjoys playing classical guitar and traveling, and is an Eagle Scout. He currently plays on the UTSA Club Table Tennis team. While he is not entirely sure of his plans for the future, he is currently interested in becoming a Radiation Oncologist.



Senayda Saucedo


Senayda Saucedo is from Eagle Pass, Texas and graduated sixth in her class from Eagle Pass High School. While in high school, she was a National Hispanic Merit Scholar and a National Commended Merit Scholar. She was president of her high school’s HOSA chapter, a member of the National Honor Society, on the varsity golf team, a GeoFORCE National Academy Graduate, and a Peer Facilitator at the Teen Medical Academy in San Antonio (where she will continue to volunteer). She also shadowed her dermatologist and participated in several medical camps which fortified her desire to become a doctor. At UTSA, she participates in several organizations such as Globemed, Unite for Sight, and PAWS. In her spare time she enjoys attending concerts, watching Spurs basketball, baking, and spending time with her family and 5 rescue dogs. Senayda is interested in several fields of medicine. Upon completing medical school and residency, she plans on returning to Eagle Pass to practice in her medically underserved community.



Aditi Sharma


Aditi Sharma is from Austin, Texas and attended James Bowie High School, where she was a National Merit Commended Scholar and National AP Scholar. Before moving to the United States she also lived in India, China, and Malaysia. She co-founded her high school’s HOSA-Health Professionals chapter and served as its Co-President. Aditi was also President of Key Club, Executive Board Member of National Honor Society, and Vice President of Class Officers. She was actively involved in Science Fair Competitions, National Spanish Honor Society, and Ballet Folklorico. In addition, she successfully organized several blood donation drives with the American Red Cross at her school and in the community. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, spending time with family and friends, and painting. At UTSA she is a member of HOSA-Health Professionals, Unite for Sight, Baal Dan, and the Indian Cultural Association. She is excited about her future, but in terms of specialization, she wants to keep an open mind. She is currently interested in Cardiology and Radiology.



Patrick Yoon


Patrick Yoon was born in Austin, Texas and graduated from Northside Health Careers High School in San Antonio, TX. During his high school years, he was president of a HOSA (Future Health Professionals) chapter, volunteered at Camp CAMP (Children’s Association for Maximum Potential), worked at biotechnology laboratory called Incell Corporation, and shadowed an Orthopaedic Oncologist at the MARC in UTHSCSA. He was an ac He is interested in Orthopaedics and actively shadows at the MARC in UTHSCSA. In his free time, he likes to play guitar, play intramural sports, and pull all-nighters to play league of legends.



Caroline Zhu


Caroline Zhu is from Plano, Texas, and graduated on the President’s List from the Texas Academy of Math & Science where she was an executive officer of the school’s Judicial Board and Chess Club. She enjoys reading, drawing, and playing soccer and chess, and was a member of the United States World Youth Chess Team. Caroline is a founding member and the Director of Finance & Acquisitions of The Outreach Movement, a nonprofit that offers free tutoring and equipment to economically disadvantaged students. She also spent much time volunteering at a local hospice, hospital, and therapeutic center where she was blessed with the opportunity to meet people of all walks of life. Caroline is currently conducting research at UTHSCSA and looks forward to joining some of UTSA’s amazing organizations such as For the Kids and HOSA. Caroline is extremely excited to be a part of the FAME program and to see what her future in the medical profession holds.