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March 6, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Category: Workshop
Location: Student Center Hilberry AB | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The University's Division of Alumni Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Pre-Med and Health Science Center, and the Sociology for Pre-Meds Learning Community have partnered to present: 

Sociocultural Factors and their Impact on Health and Health Care: A Wayne State College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Alumni Physician's Panel

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Wayne State Student Center Hilberry Rooms.

Ask five MDs, all of them Wayne State alumni, anything. As they share their experiences and advice, you’ll hear honest answers about how they encounter factors such as race, religion, class, immigration status, and gender in their work. One panelist is the Vice Chair for education at the Wayne State Univeristy School of Medicine and has won awards for improving treatment of LGBTQ patients, another panelist’s team takes to the streets of Detroit treating an unreached and service-resistant homeless population, one uses his mathematical mind as an occupational medicine specialist in Grand Rapids, one uses his Biological Sciences background treating Metro Detroit patients, and another applies her biochemistry background to internal medicine and pediatrics in Detroit. As undergraduates, they majored in distinctly different disciplines that helped them into medical school and developed perspectives that paved their approaches to delivering medical care. They look forward to meeting you and helping you do the same.

Featured Panelists Include:

Rich Ilka, M.D. (B.S. Mathematics ’64) MPH Consultant in Preventive Medicine,

Diane Levine, M.D. (M.D. ’82, B.S. Anthropology ’78) Vice-Chair of Education, Department of Internal Medicine at the WSU School of Medicine

Jane Philip, M.D. (M.D. ’17, B.S. Biochemistry ’12, B.S. Chemistry ’12) Internal Medicine and Pediatrics PGY-3 resident at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center

Salvador Rojas, M.D. (M.D. ’07, B.S. Biological Sciences ’01) Resident Detroit Medical Center - 2010 Sinai Grace, Chief Medical Resident - 2011 Sinai Grace

Nousha Hefzi  (M.D. '19) President, Street Medicine Detroit 

Panelist Bios:

Rich Ilka, M.D. from Stanford ’73, BS from Wayne State in Mathematics ’64, MPH from Johns Hopkins 75’ and is Board Certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine “79. He taught mathematics at the US Naval Academy in 1965. Dr. Ilka served as Director of Environmental Health for the State of NY and as Corporate Medical director for Marathon Oil Co. and Motorola Corp. In 1990 he was called up as a Marine Corp Battalion Surgeon serving in Saudi Arabia in Desert Storm. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI where he teaches epidemiology at MSU College of Medicine.  For the last two years he has been treating neuropathic pain with the Calmare neuromodulator and is starting trials in the treatment of chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy at the Cancer Center of West Michigan.

Jane Philip, M.D. received her MD from Wayne State University '16 and bachelors degrees in Biochemistry '12 and Biology '12, and is currently a PGY-3 Internal-Medicine and Pediatrics resident at the Detroit Medical Center. She pursued biochemistry and biology degrees with a strong focus in research, feeling drawn to both fields. However, her calling proved to be community outreach, and she realized that medicine would be a great way for her fulfill both passions - science and service. She was involved in a number of volunteer endeavors during her time at WSU, and continued to remain involved with medical volunteer organizations during medical school. She ultimately choose to pursue her residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, as it exposed her to patient care spanning all age groups. She is interested in pursuing a career as a primary care provider - in particular helping pediatric patients with chronic illnesses to make the transition adult care, with a special focus on sickle cell disease.

Diane Levine, M.D. Vice Chair for Education, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Professor of Internal Medicine received her Medical Degree from Wayne State in 1982 and B.S. in Anthropology in 1978. She led efforts to establish an LGBTQ curriculum within WSU’s Department of Internal Medicine residency program and within the medical school. In May 2018, she received the LGBTQ Health Heroes Award in recognition of her leadership and dedicated efforts to improve the health of LGBTQ communities. She was also honored as one of two Clinician Educators of the Year at the Midwest Society of General Internal Medicine in 2016. 

For more information about this event, please contact Steve Zoski at 313-577-1171 or