Akarsh Sharma

Anti-Bias Committee Chair

Hi, my name is Akarsh Sharma and I’m a student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I was born in Jaipur, India, lived in Delhi for 4 years, and came to the states when I was only 5 years old. After moving around the tristate area quite a bit, my family finally settled down in a suburb of South Jersey. Growing up, my brother and I learned to navigate the bicultural clash between our South Asian heritage and American way of life. These days you can find me advocating for social and cultural acceptance. I like to play basketball and tennis, workout, meditate, and dance. I rediscovered my love of dance during my time in undergrad at Yale University, where I joined the Bhangra team. I am looking forward to helping the SAMSA network grow by planning and hosting events at the national level.

POOJA POLAMARASETTI

Anti-Bias Committee Member

Hi! My name is Pooja and I’m an M2 at Wayne State University School of Medicine. I’ve lived in Michigan for most of my life and recently graduated from the University of Michigan in 2020, studying Biomolecular Science and Gender and Health. During medical school in Detroit, I have worked at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic and I am also involved in my Student Senate and local chapter of American Medical Women’s Association. I’m passionate about learning and teaching about advocacy in medicine and am especially interested in the ways nutrition, socioeconomic status, and environment affect health. I hope to inspire our growing network of South Asian students and physicians to lead careers immersed in awareness, compassion, and effective care for the whole patient. When I’m not reading, I love to dance and sing (not professionally) and explore new types of foods and cultures.

Sree Jambunathan

Anti-Bias Committee Member

Hi! I’m Sree Jambunathan and I’m an M2 at UTCOM in Ohio. I was born and raised in Michigan, where I attended the University of Michigan for undergrad. Go Blue! There, I majored in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and minored in Gender, Race, and Nation. I am passionate about helping to improve access to healthcare and advocating for change and progress in our communities. I am excited to get involved with the Anti-Bias Committee to help make a difference where I can and learn how to approach important conversations about diversity and inclusion. In my free time, I enjoy doing karaoke in my car, exploring local metroparks, and spending time with family and friends.

KHyati Somayaji

Anti-Bias Committee Member

Hi everyone! I’m Khyati and I’m an M3 at Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine. All Dorothy jokes aside, I’m originally from Overland Park, Kansas and found myself in the waves of maize and blue at the University of Michigan for undergrad. I majored in neuroscience with a minor in creative writing before heading to Philly for medical school where I’m also pursuing a master’s in Urban Bioethics. I am most excited to serve on the Anti-Bias committee to continue the work being done to educate both myself and my community about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and educational sphere. In my free time I love to dance, cook, and explore new cafes/coffee shops!

Amaal Bhaloo

Anti-Bias Committee Member

Hey hey! I’m Amaal, and I’m an M4 at the University of Virginia School of Medicine! I’m from Brampton, Ontario, about an hour west of Toronto, and moved to the US for medical school. I attended the University of Western Ontario for my undergraduate degree in Medical Science, with a minor in French Language and Translation, and also completed 3 years of a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia for medical school. Although Canada and the US share a border, the cultural atmosphere cannot be more different. I was introduced to the prominent racial disparities in the US during my first week in Charlottesville through the Unite the Right rally. Since then, I have tried to learn about the biases faced by minorities, in both the US, and Canada. I am dedicated to being part of the Anti-Bias committee because I want to continue educating myself, and share this education with my fellow peers and future physicians. My personal hobbies/interests include stand-up comedy, Bollywood dancing and singing, going out with friends, and teaching high-school math!

Email: ab4qr@virginia.edu

Fatima Maqsood

Anti-Bias Committee Member

Hi! My name is Fatima Maqsood and I am currently an OMS-3 at A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. I grew up in Southern California and went to UC Irvine for undergrad where I majored in chemistry and minored in political science. I also did a master’s in chemistry at UC San Diego before heading out of state to start medical school. I am passionate about social justice and particularly the impacts of race, socioeconomic status, and climate change on health disparities. As part of the Anti-Bias Committee, I am excited to be a part of the important work being done to address diversity and inclusion in medicine. In my free time, you can find me baking in the hopes of one day making it onto the Great British Baking Show!