My name is Summer Meyer, and I am currently a third year medical student at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
I graduated UCLA in 2013 with a BS in psychobiology. Some of my volunteer experience there included research in the Department of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology for 2.5 years, as well as serving as activities director of Furnish the Homeless for 2 years.
After graduating from UCLA in 2013, I then worked in healthcare consulting at Triage for a year. There I reviewed medical records to ensure proper billing codes, researched whether procedures were deemed medically necessary, and generated client deliverables with recommendations on how to improve revenue collection for hospital. In addition, I maintained and expanded the Clinical team’s function as a firm-wide medical knowledge resource by staying abreast of industry updates, creating and disseminating multiple firm-wide resource documents on various clinical issues, as well as updating and customizing a MS Access database providing better data analysis and faster reporting.
After working at Triage, I then decided to attend medical school, which has always been my dream since witnessing my fathers battle with cancer. While I was applying to school, I worked as an ED scribe at Cedars Siani in Marina Del Rey for a year, and then I began medical school.
Since beginning medical school, I have been active in a number of organizations that serve our surrounding communities, with an emphasis in those that are marginalized and of low economic status. For my first 2 years of medical school, I served as the Specialty Clinic Co-Director of one of our student run clinics, called Shifa Community Clinic. This clinic is completely ran by us students, and is aimed to medically serve those that are underserved and uninsured, especially from the Middle East within the Sacramento Area. See website here: https://www.shifaclinic.org/.
I have also served as Training Director for our on campus club called Flu Crew, which was created to help underserved communities get vaccinated for the Flu. And finally, I have also been involved in research for the Department of Dermatology at UC Davis for 2 years now. I have completed one case report, which I presented at our UC Davis Poster Day in 2020, as well as a systematic review on the association between NF1, JXG, and JMML. I was one of 12 applicants that gave a platform presentation of my research at the UC Davis Genetic Symposium on November 19, 2021. We will be submitting this article in the next month to JAMA Dermatology. I am also currently working on 3 more case reports as well as another systematic review.