Please join us in welcoming our first cohort of CUSP Scholars!
Kevin Chung grew up in Mercer Island, Washington, and attended Pomona College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience. During his undergraduate career, Kevin spent summers volunteering in Los Angeles and learning about urban justice issues. After college, Kevin moved back to Seattle and worked for a women’s addiction and domestic violence recovery program. After his experiences in Los Angeles, Kevin became excited about becoming a primary care provider in an urban underserved setting. He believes that CUSP will equip him to do that work well.
Karen Chung grew up in the Bay Area in California and attended Pomona College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology. After graduating, Karen served as a team leader for the Los Angeles Urban Program, living in and working alongside urban underserved communities. This time in Los Angeles gave Karen a foundation in social justice, advocacy, and cultural humility, and inspired her to pursue medicine as a way to practice these values. Karen is committed to practicing medicine as a primary care physician in a diverse urban underserved community. She was drawn to CUSP because of the added support and structure for students interested in urban health and is looking forward to the engagement made possible with these communities through this program.
Anna Smith grew up in Bourbon, Indiana and attended Valparaiso University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Service. After college, Anna served two years in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Tacoma and Seattle, working in a homeless shelter and a long-term residency program for adults living with chronic mental illness. Anna then spend over three years working in Seattle at the Downtown Emergency Services Center as a mental health case manager. These experiences inspired her to pursue medical school as a way to combine her interests in health equity, advocacy, service, and patient care. She is excited about the community of like-minded individuals and the opportunities that CUSP provides to expand her skills.
Beth Sobba hails from Seattle, and attended Gonzaga University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Psychology. During her undergraduate career Beth worked for multiple nonprofit agencies, both coordinating and providing subsidized childcare to families in a range of crises. These families faced homelessness, domestic violence, addiction, and many other diverse challenges. After graduation, Beth worked for four years at the WWAMI Institute for Simulation in Healthcare (WISH). As a technician and eventually lab operations manager, Beth supported faculty in the simulation based training of medical students, residents, and other health professionals throughout UW Medicine. Her areas of interest included inter-professional team training, development of low cost simulators for low resource settings and community outreach to students interested in healthcare careers. After working at WISH, Beth saw medicine as a way to combine education, service, relationship-building in the community, and creative problem-solving. Beth is excited about CUSP’s curriculum and focus on addressing health disparities, and believes the program will help her build the toolkit she needs to work with diverse communities in respectful and productive ways.