Ignite Magazine | Fall 2020

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TUTORING AND MENTORING PROGRAM Shreya Gurumurthy, a second-year College of Medicine student, headed a partnership with local schools to provide a free online tutoring service to children of all ages, as well as a mentoring program for students interested in STEM. This project ended up having the most student involvement, with more than 50 children from local schools signing up and obtaining a mentor, tutor, or both.

FOOD KITS Anuradha Kanaparthi, a third-year College of Medicine student, had the idea of assembling food kits with fresh, healthy ingredients and a recipe (similar to the Hello Fresh concept) for the local community. NEOMED’s executive chef, Xavier Smith, lent his expertise, and with the organizational skills of Maahi Mistry and second-year College of Medicine student Shilpa Reddy, along with Kanaparthi, students sent out 200 kits containing 800 meals to recipients at the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and its partners and at Ronald McDonald House of Akron. To finance the initiative’s most expensive project, Kanaparthi garnered support from the Walking Whales Cooking Club and five other student organizations, who all obtained permission from the NEOMED Student Council to allow them to turn over the remainder of their annual funding in support of the group project.

MASK MAKING Anuradha Kanaparthi and Maahi Mistry were joined by second-year College of Medicine students Nupur Goel, Mark Sobnosky and Taya El-Hayek to host a mask-making project representing the Association of Women Surgeons and Stop the Bleed. Goel and Sobnosky obtained resources from nearby craft stores to host a mask kit-making event on campus. Kits were then shipped and delivered to NEOMED students living off campus to allow them to participate in the project from their homes. Hundreds of student-made masks were donated to Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Students hosted another on-campus mask-making event at the end of July. CLEVELAND CLINIC AKRON GENERAL CARD-MAKING Meghana Chalasani, a first-year College of Medicine student, and Raneem Alayoubi, a third-year College of Pharmacy student representing the NEOMED Compounding Club, headed a team of students aided by Ali Arif, a second-year College of Medicine student representing the Muslim Student Association, to make cards for patients.The Sikh Student Association made a donation to provide a meal for the hospital’s front line COVID-19 health care workers.

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE OF AKRON Second-year College of Pharmacy student Elizabeth Tagliarini (American Pharmacists Association) headed up card-making for the families. Mariah Carlton (Student National Pharmaceutical Association) and second-year College of Pharmacy student Nautica McCully (Black Student Association) led an essential items wish list drive.The Sikh Student Association donated a meal for the families.

ADOPT A GRANDPARENT Maahi Mistry linked the initiative with the Geriatrics Interest Group, which is also led by second-year College of Medicine student Rachel Krevh. Students involved in this project were paired with a nursing home resident with common interests (via Zoom or other virtual mediums) to keep them company.

ACCESS INC. Cecil Ekechukwu, with help from third-year College of Medicine student Palvir Baadh, organized a drive for art supplies and books for the women and children served by this non-profit organization.

COVID-19 INFORMATIONAL VIDEO Second-year College of Medicine student Prapti Dalal led a project in which students provided clips about coronavirus to be compiled into an educational video.

VA HOSPITAL DONATION DRIVE Carla Baaklini, Poojajeet Khaira and Palvir Baadh led the drive for items requested by Cleveland's Veteran Affairs Hospital.