JOANNA TOMASZEWSKI  CO-FOUNDER AND LIVES IN MEDICINE 2018 CO-CHAIR   Joanna Tomaszewski is in her third year of medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She loves the challenges and opportunities that medical school brings and can’t imagine being anywhere but Salt Lake City, where she has found a remarkable community. During medical school, Joanna has served as Co-President of her medical school class, Co-President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and Founder of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group. She also spent her free time conducting oncology research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and blogging on her photography website  www.worldcapturesjt.com . For the next several months, Joanna will be doing rotations in OB/GYN, family medicine and psychiatry. She is excited to learn more about the applicants for this year's conference.

JOANNA TOMASZEWSKI

CO-FOUNDER AND LIVES IN MEDICINE 2018 CO-CHAIR

Joanna Tomaszewski is in her third year of medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She loves the challenges and opportunities that medical school brings and can’t imagine being anywhere but Salt Lake City, where she has found a remarkable community. During medical school, Joanna has served as Co-President of her medical school class, Co-President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and Founder of the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Interest Group. She also spent her free time conducting oncology research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute and blogging on her photography website www.worldcapturesjt.com. For the next several months, Joanna will be doing rotations in OB/GYN, family medicine and psychiatry. She is excited to learn more about the applicants for this year's conference.

 MARYSIA SZPINDOR WATSON  CO-FOUNDER AND LIVES IN MEDICINE 2018 CO-CHAIR   Marysia Szpindor Watson is in her fourth year of medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove). She is interested in pursuing family medicine. Although the mountains and being out west is where she loves to spend her free time, she is committed to staying in Chicago so she can keep practicing her Polish and one day serve as a physician within the Polish American community. Her hope for this organization and conference is that fellow Polish Americans pursuing similar dreams can come together to grow as a community and offer each other mentorship. She is in involved in the Polish community through Community Health Clinic and various Polish American organizations in Chicago. She can’t wait to see the network that will be built upon and the resources that will come out of it! Her favorite hobbies are yoga and skiing.

MARYSIA SZPINDOR WATSON

CO-FOUNDER AND LIVES IN MEDICINE 2018 CO-CHAIR

Marysia Szpindor Watson is in her fourth year of medical school at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (Midwestern University in Downer’s Grove). She is interested in pursuing family medicine. Although the mountains and being out west is where she loves to spend her free time, she is committed to staying in Chicago so she can keep practicing her Polish and one day serve as a physician within the Polish American community. Her hope for this organization and conference is that fellow Polish Americans pursuing similar dreams can come together to grow as a community and offer each other mentorship. She is in involved in the Polish community through Community Health Clinic and various Polish American organizations in Chicago. She can’t wait to see the network that will be built upon and the resources that will come out of it! Her favorite hobbies are yoga and skiing.

 Elizabeth Zborek   LIVES IN MEDICINE 2018 CO-CHAIR  While attending Polish school at Polska Szkoła im. Świętej Trόjcy, Elizabeth decided to become more involved with the Polonia community in Chicago. As a student at Northwestern University, she served as the President of the Northwestern University Polish-American Student Alliance and became involved with the Amber Coalition, an organization that raises awareness for breast cancer amongst Polish patients. Currently, she is involved in the Polish community as a member of the Polish- American Association Junior Board and as a volunteer Polish interpreter at CommunityHealth, a free clinic for uninsured patients in Chicago.  Her clinical experiences led her to major in Psychology and minor in Human Communication Sciences at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate student, she learned that the most effective treatments often combined therapies that went beyond the biological underpinnings of a disease. Her involvement in the Amber Coalition taught her the importance of educating one's patients on lifestyle and disease management. One cannot just prescribe a pill to solve a patient's issue. One must make sure the patient also understands a disease and how to manage it. She hopes to employ education as her key approach to improving the lives of the patients that she will serve as a physician. This approach will allow her to work effectively with Polish patients by providing educational opportunities for them to improve their lifestyles and health.

Elizabeth Zborek

LIVES IN MEDICINE 2018 CO-CHAIR

While attending Polish school at Polska Szkoła im. Świętej Trόjcy, Elizabeth decided to become more involved with the Polonia community in Chicago. As a student at Northwestern University, she served as the President of the Northwestern University Polish-American Student Alliance and became involved with the Amber Coalition, an organization that raises awareness for breast cancer amongst Polish patients. Currently, she is involved in the Polish community as a member of the Polish- American Association Junior Board and as a volunteer Polish interpreter at CommunityHealth, a free clinic for uninsured patients in Chicago.

Her clinical experiences led her to major in Psychology and minor in Human Communication Sciences at Northwestern University. As an undergraduate student, she learned that the most effective treatments often combined therapies that went beyond the biological underpinnings of a disease. Her involvement in the Amber Coalition taught her the importance of educating one's patients on lifestyle and disease management. One cannot just prescribe a pill to solve a patient's issue. One must make sure the patient also understands a disease and how to manage it. She hopes to employ education as her key approach to improving the lives of the patients that she will serve as a physician. This approach will allow her to work effectively with Polish patients by providing educational opportunities for them to improve their lifestyles and health.

 Katherine “Kasia” Murzanski, MSN, RN, CNL  Nursing Co-chair, Event Coordinator  Kasia Murzanski graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor’s of Science undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. She attained her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader certification from Elmhurst College as well. Currently, she works at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital as a Nurse Resident. In February 2018, she was invited to present at AACN’s Clinical Nurse Leader Summit about her protocol recommendations on “Standardizing the Administration of Secondary Intermittent Intravenous Medications”. Her passions in health care are in critical care as well as quality and safety improvement in hospital systems. She is also very passionate about education and enjoys being a mentor to high school and undergraduate students. In her free time she created a volunteer group - The Lympho-Maniacs, in order to raise awareness about Mantle Cell Lymphoma and raise funds towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night 5k Walk in Chicago.   She attended im. Jana III Sobieskiego Polish school. In Chicago Polonia, she has been involved in various organizations. Kasia was a debutante, then Ball Treasurer in the Legion of Young Polish Women. In 2014 she participated in the Queen of the Polish Constitution Day Parade and was crowned second runner up.

Katherine “Kasia” Murzanski, MSN, RN, CNL

Nursing Co-chair, Event Coordinator

Kasia Murzanski graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor’s of Science undergraduate degree in Exercise Science. She attained her Master’s of Science in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader certification from Elmhurst College as well. Currently, she works at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital as a Nurse Resident. In February 2018, she was invited to present at AACN’s Clinical Nurse Leader Summit about her protocol recommendations on “Standardizing the Administration of Secondary Intermittent Intravenous Medications”. Her passions in health care are in critical care as well as quality and safety improvement in hospital systems. She is also very passionate about education and enjoys being a mentor to high school and undergraduate students. In her free time she created a volunteer group - The Lympho-Maniacs, in order to raise awareness about Mantle Cell Lymphoma and raise funds towards the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's annual Light the Night 5k Walk in Chicago.

She attended im. Jana III Sobieskiego Polish school. In Chicago Polonia, she has been involved in various organizations. Kasia was a debutante, then Ball Treasurer in the Legion of Young Polish Women. In 2014 she participated in the Queen of the Polish Constitution Day Parade and was crowned second runner up.

 Samantha Harasim  conference Coordinator  Samantha Harasim is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience, and a minor in Spanish. Post graduation, Samantha explored her passion for the arts by working for a Talent Management Company in Santa Monica, CA. During this time, she volunteered as a tutor for homeless children in Los Angeles. Her passion for Child Development and Neuroscience began as an undergraduate student where she researched how viral infection during the neonatal period can affect hippocampal growth and development. Her research contributions were published in the journal  Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.   Samantha is currently an Account Manager at Yelp where she helps small to medium sized businesses grow and make their imprint on the world. She will be applying to Physician Assistant Programs next year and is currently seeking work as a Medical Assistant in the Greater Chicago area where she is hoping to further connect with the Polish community. Samantha’s diverse background and experiences helped her hone her leadership and relationship building skills, demonstrating that the path to medicine does not have to be linear.

Samantha Harasim

conference Coordinator

Samantha Harasim is a graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a concentration in Neuroscience, and a minor in Spanish. Post graduation, Samantha explored her passion for the arts by working for a Talent Management Company in Santa Monica, CA. During this time, she volunteered as a tutor for homeless children in Los Angeles. Her passion for Child Development and Neuroscience began as an undergraduate student where she researched how viral infection during the neonatal period can affect hippocampal growth and development. Her research contributions were published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Samantha is currently an Account Manager at Yelp where she helps small to medium sized businesses grow and make their imprint on the world. She will be applying to Physician Assistant Programs next year and is currently seeking work as a Medical Assistant in the Greater Chicago area where she is hoping to further connect with the Polish community. Samantha’s diverse background and experiences helped her hone her leadership and relationship building skills, demonstrating that the path to medicine does not have to be linear.

 Joanna Jaros  executive board member  Joanna Jaros grew up as a First Generation Polish-American in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Spanish and spent a gap year as a Project Manager and Implementation Specialist for EPIC Systems, a leading EHR vendor, where she gained insight into healthcare technology and administration prior to attending medical school.  Joanna is currently a third year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. She was accepted into her medical class ranking in the top 10% of candidates and received a merit scholarship for four years of training. She is a Patient-Centered Medicine Scholar, Polish-American Medical Society student executive board member, and recipient of the George H. Miller HSSR Grant for Interprofessional Research, among others. During her medical training, her research projects have resulted in five poster presentations and one publication in the fields of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinical Informatics. Outside of medicine, Joanna is an avid WERQ and Dance instructor at Fitness Formula Clubs. Joanna has been dancing for 15 years, a fitness instructor for 4 years, and interested in health and wellbeing for as long as she can remember.

Joanna Jaros

executive board member

Joanna Jaros grew up as a First Generation Polish-American in the suburbs of Chicago. She graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Spanish and spent a gap year as a Project Manager and Implementation Specialist for EPIC Systems, a leading EHR vendor, where she gained insight into healthcare technology and administration prior to attending medical school.

Joanna is currently a third year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. She was accepted into her medical class ranking in the top 10% of candidates and received a merit scholarship for four years of training. She is a Patient-Centered Medicine Scholar, Polish-American Medical Society student executive board member, and recipient of the George H. Miller HSSR Grant for Interprofessional Research, among others. During her medical training, her research projects have resulted in five poster presentations and one publication in the fields of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Clinical Informatics. Outside of medicine, Joanna is an avid WERQ and Dance instructor at Fitness Formula Clubs. Joanna has been dancing for 15 years, a fitness instructor for 4 years, and interested in health and wellbeing for as long as she can remember.

 Angelica Rusilowski  Executive board Member & previous conference organizer in 2014  Angelica Rusilowski is a 2nd year MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology of Chronic Disease and Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in NYC. Like many of her fellow board members, Angelica is a first-generation Polish American who has been and continues to be engaged with the Polish medical community of Chicago. She has volunteered at Community Health Clinic, the largest volunteer-based clinic in the nation, where she served the uninsured Polish immigrant population for over 3 years as a Polish medical interpreter, lab associate, triage volunteer, and health educator for diabetes and nutrition. Additionally, as the former Physician Assistant Chair, Angelica was extensively involved in organizing the 2014 “Lives in Medicine” Conference. Furthermore, Angelica has previously helped coordinate the Annual Breast Cancer Forum through her involvement with Amber Coalition, which aims to develop a culturally integrated educational program for women of Polish descent and offers free mammograms to hundreds of uninsured women.  Since matriculating into graduate school, Angelica has become extensively involved in integrative medicine research and student leadership. She presently acts as Student Ambassador of her class and serves as the President of the Students for the Promotion of Integrative Medicine (SPIM) organization. Additionally, Angelica is involved with several research studies at Columbia University Medical Center. She has co-authored an abstract on the effectiveness of integrative therapies among patients with primary brain tumors, which was chosen for oral presentation at the Society for Neuro-Oncology Meeting and published in the journal Neuro-Oncology. Moreover, Angelica is currently working on a separate manuscript, a needs assessment of integrative health services at school-based health clinics that will be published in the next year, as well as her thesis. Recently, Angelica was chosen for the “Emerging Leadership in Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices (ICTHP)” Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and will serve as the new Membership Committee Co-Chair within the ICTHP Section of the APHA. Furthermore, Angelica is currently working as a Data Analyst on the Research and Evaluation team within the Bureau of Mental Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to working for the NYC government, Angelica works as a Teaching Assistant for the Research Methods and Applications studio at Columbia University. Finally, Angelica is currently undergoing medical school interviews and hopes to begin her medical school journey in the coming year.  For fun, Angelica spends her time painting, traveling, and fine dining in the beautiful New York City, which she gets to call home. Before matriculating into her MPH program, Angelica attended the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC), where she majored in Psychology and worked as a lead research assistant in the Clinical Psychology Department, studying the relationship between depression and anxiety among undergraduate students. Upon graduating from UIC, she took a few years off to work as a Medical Assistant and Scribe. Angelica plans to graduate with her MPH from Columbia University in May of 2018.

Angelica Rusilowski

Executive board Member & previous conference organizer in 2014

Angelica Rusilowski is a 2nd year MPH candidate with a concentration in Epidemiology of Chronic Disease and Population and Family Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in NYC. Like many of her fellow board members, Angelica is a first-generation Polish American who has been and continues to be engaged with the Polish medical community of Chicago. She has volunteered at Community Health Clinic, the largest volunteer-based clinic in the nation, where she served the uninsured Polish immigrant population for over 3 years as a Polish medical interpreter, lab associate, triage volunteer, and health educator for diabetes and nutrition. Additionally, as the former Physician Assistant Chair, Angelica was extensively involved in organizing the 2014 “Lives in Medicine” Conference. Furthermore, Angelica has previously helped coordinate the Annual Breast Cancer Forum through her involvement with Amber Coalition, which aims to develop a culturally integrated educational program for women of Polish descent and offers free mammograms to hundreds of uninsured women.

Since matriculating into graduate school, Angelica has become extensively involved in integrative medicine research and student leadership. She presently acts as Student Ambassador of her class and serves as the President of the Students for the Promotion of Integrative Medicine (SPIM) organization. Additionally, Angelica is involved with several research studies at Columbia University Medical Center. She has co-authored an abstract on the effectiveness of integrative therapies among patients with primary brain tumors, which was chosen for oral presentation at the Society for Neuro-Oncology Meeting and published in the journal Neuro-Oncology. Moreover, Angelica is currently working on a separate manuscript, a needs assessment of integrative health services at school-based health clinics that will be published in the next year, as well as her thesis. Recently, Angelica was chosen for the “Emerging Leadership in Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices (ICTHP)” Award by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and will serve as the new Membership Committee Co-Chair within the ICTHP Section of the APHA. Furthermore, Angelica is currently working as a Data Analyst on the Research and Evaluation team within the Bureau of Mental Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to working for the NYC government, Angelica works as a Teaching Assistant for the Research Methods and Applications studio at Columbia University. Finally, Angelica is currently undergoing medical school interviews and hopes to begin her medical school journey in the coming year.

For fun, Angelica spends her time painting, traveling, and fine dining in the beautiful New York City, which she gets to call home. Before matriculating into her MPH program, Angelica attended the University of Illinois - Chicago (UIC), where she majored in Psychology and worked as a lead research assistant in the Clinical Psychology Department, studying the relationship between depression and anxiety among undergraduate students. Upon graduating from UIC, she took a few years off to work as a Medical Assistant and Scribe. Angelica plans to graduate with her MPH from Columbia University in May of 2018.

 Martin Wrobel  executive board Member & previous conference organizer in 2014  Martin Wrobel is a 4th year medical student, attending Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He is a first generation Polish-American who was inspired to pursue a career in medicine following his experience volunteering as a Polish translator and Volunteer at the Old Irving Park Community Clinic, a North Side Chicago-area free clinic. As a SPAPP board member he was involved with the planning of the 2014 “Lives in Medicine” conference, and has previously served as one of the SPAPP medical school chairs.  During medical school, Martin has been involved in student leadership having held positions on both the Chicago Medical School House Council and Class Council. He has served as the Class Treasurer the past two years, and has previously held the position of Social Chair, Social Representative, Executive Student Council Representative, Pathology Course Representative, and Surgery Clerkship Representative. He has also been a member of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity for the past 4 years, and was elected to the position of Vice President of Finance his M1 year. As a fourth year student he remains closely involved with his chapter and also currently serves as the International Medical Student Representative for all fraternity medical chapters on the fraternity’s International Board.  Outside of school Martin enjoys travelling, brewing beer, pinball machines and wrenching on cars. His passion for travel has taken him to 5 continents thus far, and he has also been involved in medical mission trips to Honduras, Panama and China. Before attending medical school, he attended Northwestern University where he majored in Economics and Political Science. Martin will graduate from medical school in 2018, and plans to pursue a residency in Family Medicine.

Martin Wrobel

executive board Member & previous conference organizer in 2014

Martin Wrobel is a 4th year medical student, attending Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. He is a first generation Polish-American who was inspired to pursue a career in medicine following his experience volunteering as a Polish translator and Volunteer at the Old Irving Park Community Clinic, a North Side Chicago-area free clinic. As a SPAPP board member he was involved with the planning of the 2014 “Lives in Medicine” conference, and has previously served as one of the SPAPP medical school chairs.

During medical school, Martin has been involved in student leadership having held positions on both the Chicago Medical School House Council and Class Council. He has served as the Class Treasurer the past two years, and has previously held the position of Social Chair, Social Representative, Executive Student Council Representative, Pathology Course Representative, and Surgery Clerkship Representative. He has also been a member of Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity for the past 4 years, and was elected to the position of Vice President of Finance his M1 year. As a fourth year student he remains closely involved with his chapter and also currently serves as the International Medical Student Representative for all fraternity medical chapters on the fraternity’s International Board.

Outside of school Martin enjoys travelling, brewing beer, pinball machines and wrenching on cars. His passion for travel has taken him to 5 continents thus far, and he has also been involved in medical mission trips to Honduras, Panama and China. Before attending medical school, he attended Northwestern University where he majored in Economics and Political Science. Martin will graduate from medical school in 2018, and plans to pursue a residency in Family Medicine.

 Mateusz Graca  Suturing Workshop and Mentor Panel Coordinator  Mateusz is very proud of his Polish heritage and loves reaching out to members of the Polish community in every city that his life takes him. Because Chicago has such a strong Polish presence, he always makes sure to immerse himself right in the middle of it. Mateusz loves attending Polish concerts and festivals, cheering on our amazing national soccer team, and shopping in Polish delis for the best food in the world. He also enjoys participating in several events hosted by the Polish American Medical Society (PAMS) and meeting other Polish medical students, residents, attending physicians, and pre-medical students.  Mateusz dreams that he can become a physician that every patient can trust and confide in. He especially hopes to expand the network of Polish physicians in Chicago and beyond, so that Polish-speaking patients could find comfort in easily navigating between various medical services, knowing that our Polish community cares very deeply about all of their health concerns.  Mateusz hopes that as a new board member he can bring a new perspective and new ideas towards branching out and growing SPAPP. He looks forward to also contributing wholeheartedly in pursuing all of SPAPP’s missions and services for its members and our community.

Mateusz Graca

Suturing Workshop and Mentor Panel Coordinator

Mateusz is very proud of his Polish heritage and loves reaching out to members of the Polish community in every city that his life takes him. Because Chicago has such a strong Polish presence, he always makes sure to immerse himself right in the middle of it. Mateusz loves attending Polish concerts and festivals, cheering on our amazing national soccer team, and shopping in Polish delis for the best food in the world. He also enjoys participating in several events hosted by the Polish American Medical Society (PAMS) and meeting other Polish medical students, residents, attending physicians, and pre-medical students.

Mateusz dreams that he can become a physician that every patient can trust and confide in. He especially hopes to expand the network of Polish physicians in Chicago and beyond, so that Polish-speaking patients could find comfort in easily navigating between various medical services, knowing that our Polish community cares very deeply about all of their health concerns.

Mateusz hopes that as a new board member he can bring a new perspective and new ideas towards branching out and growing SPAPP. He looks forward to also contributing wholeheartedly in pursuing all of SPAPP’s missions and services for its members and our community.

 NATALIA HAJNAS  EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER  Natalia Hajnas is in her third year of medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Prior to starting medical school, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago as a member of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. She then took time off to work as a medical scribe, where she gained many clinical skills and insight into life in the healthcare field. During her medical training, she has served as Vice President of the American Medical Student Association and as an American College of Surgeons Bleeding Control Instructor. She has been involved in several research projects in the fields of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and most heavily in Otolaryngology.  She has been involved in the Polish community from a young age. She danced in a Polish folk song and dance ensemble since the age of 6, graduated from Polish school, and has been involved in Polish student organizations. She has also volunteered at CommunityHealth, a free clinic serving the uninsured and underserved, as a Polish interpreter, where she is now a core volunteer directly participating in patient care.  In her free time, she loves spending time with family, traveling and being outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, skiing, kayaking or anything slightly adventurous, you can count her in.

NATALIA HAJNAS

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

Natalia Hajnas is in her third year of medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. Prior to starting medical school, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago as a member of the Interdisciplinary Honors Program, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. She then took time off to work as a medical scribe, where she gained many clinical skills and insight into life in the healthcare field. During her medical training, she has served as Vice President of the American Medical Student Association and as an American College of Surgeons Bleeding Control Instructor. She has been involved in several research projects in the fields of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and most heavily in Otolaryngology.

She has been involved in the Polish community from a young age. She danced in a Polish folk song and dance ensemble since the age of 6, graduated from Polish school, and has been involved in Polish student organizations. She has also volunteered at CommunityHealth, a free clinic serving the uninsured and underserved, as a Polish interpreter, where she is now a core volunteer directly participating in patient care.

In her free time, she loves spending time with family, traveling and being outdoors. Whether it’s hiking, skiing, kayaking or anything slightly adventurous, you can count her in.

  BRIANA PORWISZ   EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER  When Briana was growing up, her parents instilled in her a sense of pride for her Polish heritage. Attending Polish school for 13 years only made her fall more deeply in love with the Polish culture, history, and traditions. She has been involved in Zagloba Polish Club, the Polish club at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since she was a freshman. Last semester, Briana was elected to serve on the executive board as PSLA (Polish Student Leaders Assembly) Ambassador. Not only does she serve Zagloba Polish Club, she also has the opportunity to make a difference in the Polish community through PSLA by creating events that benefit the Polish youth and community. Now Briana has the opportunity to serve on the SPAPP board and she is looking forward to inspiring young Polish-American youth to pursue a career in the medical field.  Currently, Briana is a pre-med student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her goal is to attend medical school in the near future. Her long-term goal is to become a surgeon. Briana plans on incorporating her Polish heritage into her future career by speaking Polish with her Polish patients. She finds it valuable to establish a personal relationship with her patients and realizes that speaking to them in their native language is a way to form a unique personal bond. She also plans on being active in the PAMS community in the future as a Polish-American physician and making it a priority to maintain that close-knit community of Polish physicians.  Briana hopes to spread the organization and its values by reaching out to Polish-American pre-health college students since she is still a college student. College students in a pre-health track need a lot of guidance throughout their college career and she would like to provide them with valuable guidance and resources.

BRIANA PORWISZ

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

When Briana was growing up, her parents instilled in her a sense of pride for her Polish heritage. Attending Polish school for 13 years only made her fall more deeply in love with the Polish culture, history, and traditions. She has been involved in Zagloba Polish Club, the Polish club at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since she was a freshman. Last semester, Briana was elected to serve on the executive board as PSLA (Polish Student Leaders Assembly) Ambassador. Not only does she serve Zagloba Polish Club, she also has the opportunity to make a difference in the Polish community through PSLA by creating events that benefit the Polish youth and community. Now Briana has the opportunity to serve on the SPAPP board and she is looking forward to inspiring young Polish-American youth to pursue a career in the medical field.

Currently, Briana is a pre-med student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her goal is to attend medical school in the near future. Her long-term goal is to become a surgeon. Briana plans on incorporating her Polish heritage into her future career by speaking Polish with her Polish patients. She finds it valuable to establish a personal relationship with her patients and realizes that speaking to them in their native language is a way to form a unique personal bond. She also plans on being active in the PAMS community in the future as a Polish-American physician and making it a priority to maintain that close-knit community of Polish physicians.

Briana hopes to spread the organization and its values by reaching out to Polish-American pre-health college students since she is still a college student. College students in a pre-health track need a lot of guidance throughout their college career and she would like to provide them with valuable guidance and resources.

 natalia kacik  loyola polish student alliance liason  Ever since attending Polska Szkola im. Stefana Kardynala Wyszynskiego, Natalia has loved being engaged in the Polish community in Chicago. Upon graduating from Polish school, Natalia became involved with the Legion of Young Polish Women as a debutante and board member. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the Polish Student Alliance at Loyola University Chicago. Natalia is studying Biology, with the hopes of pursuing a career in medicine or public health.    “Loyola is very proud to welcome SPAPP for their Lives in Medicine Conference! It has been a pleasure working with the SPAPP team.”

natalia kacik

loyola polish student alliance liason

Ever since attending Polska Szkola im. Stefana Kardynala Wyszynskiego, Natalia has loved being engaged in the Polish community in Chicago. Upon graduating from Polish school, Natalia became involved with the Legion of Young Polish Women as a debutante and board member. She currently serves as the Vice-President of the Polish Student Alliance at Loyola University Chicago. Natalia is studying Biology, with the hopes of pursuing a career in medicine or public health.

“Loyola is very proud to welcome SPAPP for their Lives in Medicine Conference! It has been a pleasure working with the SPAPP team.”