Congrats to UWSoM student Glenna Martin, 2013 Pisacano Scholar!

Glenna Martin, a 2013 Pisacano Scholar, is a 4th-year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UW), where she also just completed her Master in Public Health.  She graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology.   At Skidmore, Glenna was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received the Thoroughbred Award for Excellence in Leadership.  Glenna also volunteered with numerous organizations including the Special Olympics and as a tutor for special needs children. 

Following graduation from Skidmore, Glenna spent the summer in Costa Rica volunteering with two local health clinics in San Jose and Monteverde.  Her work included assisting in various medical duties, helping organize and carry out activities for children on school vacation, and designing a public health project investigating the sexual health knowledge of women between the ages of 20-30. 

Glenna has received numerous awards as a medical student, including the American Academy of Family Physician’s Tomorrow’s Leader Award, and election to Alpha Omega Alpha and to the Gold Humanism Honor Society.  Last year she was the co-leader of The Differential, a student led, case-based, morning report style teaching session for first- and second-year medical students. Glenna is a member of the Health Equity Circle, a student group that addresses health disparities, and the UW Curriculum Renewal Committee on Health Equity, and she co-chairs the Washington State Medical Association Health Equity Task Force.  She also helped organize Sexpertise Week, now expanded to Sexpertise Month, which promotes a more positive, open, healthy and safe sex culture. 

Glenna is participating in UW’s Underserved Pathway, Hispanic Health Pathway, as well as the Global Health Pathway, and she has volunteered with a number of organizations including a downtown women’s shelter, a diagnosis and referral center in a transitional housing unit for individuals who were previously homeless, and a diagnosis and referral clinic which caters to patients who are Spanish speaking immigrants.   Glenna received the UW School of Medicine Service Award in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and the SPARX/CHAP Award for outstanding volunteer activities in 2010.

Glenna is thrilled to continue pursuing her dream of becoming a family doctor in an underserved area working as part of a team. In and out of the clinic, she also hopes to participate in community activism, public health promotion, medical education, human rights work, and the conscious, conscientious use of health to promote human dignity and social justice.

Read the press release from the Pisacano Foundation!