This podcast episode highlights a unique and innovative virtual shadowing program for pre-health students developed by the University of Florida Department of Neurology. Members of the ASHP New Practitioners Forum chat with founders of the Medi-Gators Virtual Shadowing Program to gather their insights and lessons learned when developing the program to improve access to shadowing, mentorship, and other health-related opportunities for all students. Learn more about the Medi-Gators Virtual Shadowing Program here: https://neurology.ufl.edu/divisions/neurocritical-care/medi-gators-virtual-shadowing-program/
Pouya Ameli, MD, MS is a neurointensivist at the University of Florida. Among his professional endeavors, he is the faculty director of the Medi-Gators virtual shadowing program. As a first-generation physician and immigrant, he is passionate about improving access to high-quality mentorship for students from all backgrounds. He is particularly interested in paving pathways for students from groups historically underrepresented in medicine. He sees this as a step toward improving the quality of healthcare for everyone.
Alyson Moriarty is a recent graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology, and she is the Director and Co-Founder of the Medi-Gators Virtual Shadowing Program. She intends to continue her education on to medical school with interests in pediatric trauma surgery and emergency medicine. Alyson is the first in her family to graduate from college and she is passionate about improving access, equity, and diversity within education and healthcare.
Brooke Barlow, PharmD, is a clinical specialist in the neuromedicine intensive care unit at UF Health Shands Hospital and serves as a clinical assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy. Dr. Barlow received her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Jefferson College of Pharmacy and completed her PGY1 Pharmacy Practice Residency and PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at University of Kentucky Healthcare. She is active within multiple professional organizations including NCS, ACCP, SCCM, and ASHP’s New Practitioners Forum Clinical Practice Advisory Group.