The Medical Society of Virginia Foundation recently recognized Jessica Churchill, MD Class of 2017, for her impact on medically underserved communities in Hampton Roads. Ms. Churchill received the Service by a Medical Student award for her work in both the HOPES Free Clinic and HOPES Ophthalmology Specialty Clinic.
“Jessica is the single most passionate and driven individual that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing,” said John Raduka, MD Class of 2018, who nominated her for this award. “She is captivating in her steadfast commitment to helping those who cannot help themselves. Over and over again, she has succeeded. She never backs down from a fight and fiercely believes in speaking up for those who do not have a voice.”
While serving as the Co-Director of the HOPES Clinic and leading the 10-student board of directors and 70-student staff, Churchill also instituted a health literacy program, an influenza vaccine program, and a student venipuncture program. In addition, she founded the EVMS branch of the American Medical Women's Association to facilitate the advancement and empowerment of women in medicine and created a mentorship network and research guidance program to help female medical students reach their full potential.
Ms. Churchill is pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery so she can provide low-cost surgical care for those who cannot afford it and donate her time as an athletic trainer for female high-school athletic teams.