Kristen Ampig, MS2, Head of Social Committee
Ms. Ampig is currently a medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine (DUCOM). She is currently interested in OBGYN or general surgery as specialties. At DUCOM, she is a co-president of the Filipino-American Medical Student Association and a co-steering coordinator of Mothers and Baby Dragons. She is also a patient advocate at the Eliza Shirley Clinic. She continues to explore her interests in research through the DUCOM Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship. She is also the lead female singer of the Dennis Novack Experience band that performs annually at the Pediatric Aids Benefit Concert.
At the University of California Irvine, Ms. Ampig pursued her passions for service and medicine. She was a member and leader of Phi Delta Epsilon pre-medical fraternity for 4 years. She volunteered at the UCI Outreach Clinic and Orange County Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP). She founded the OCNEP Undergraduate Division to increase awareness about the opiate epidemic, recruit volunteers, and raise funds for OCNEP. She was involved in research in all 4 years in numerous projects studying epilepsy, neuroanatomy, and development and cell biology. She was honored with Excellence in Research following presentations and a publication on her research in the assessment of Tox21 efficiency in identifying novel obesogens. She also presented at the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Conference for 3 years. Ms. Ampig currently has 3 publications through her research work in her undergraduate years. In her gap years, she worked as a scribe in an Obstetrics and Gynecology clinic, discovering her strong interests in women’s health.
Ms. Ampig graduated from Crescenta Valley High School with the honor of receiving the Falcon Award for leadership, service, and academics. She was also honored with the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation award. She dedicated herself to service throughout high school by volunteering with Key Club and at the USC Verdugo Hills Hospital. She was also involved with the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation. She was awarded the Character and Ethics Project Recognition by the Glendale Unified School District, Glendale Fire Department, City of Glendale Mayor, County of Los Angeles, California State Senate, California Legislature, and United States Congress for co-founding Camp Firework. She also continuously explored her interests in science through the CVHS Academy of Science and Medicine and the Caltech Summer Research Internship. Outside of academics, Ms. Ampig enjoyed being a part of the Charismatics Chamber Choir.
Claire Perez, MS3, Social Committee Member
She currently attends Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. She is interested in Emergency Medicine or General Surgery and is involved in various student organizations such as Community Health Education Programs, HEARTs the student run clinic, and Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group. She is currently one of the leaders of the Emergency Medicine Interest Group and is involved in research studying residents’ health with Fitbit.
Ms. Perez graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in Tumon, Guam. She graduated summa cum laude from University of Guam with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. In undergrad, her interests focused on helping her island community and being involved in various research, from diatom taxonomy and water quality on Guam to magnetic resonance imaging research at National Institute of Health.