LIC Students



Udeyvir Cheema

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I was born in upstate New York, but have called Northern Virginia home for the last 15 years. I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Virginia with a double major in Economics and Biology. During undergrad, I conducted psychology research while serving as a TA, RA, and volunteer EMT-B in the Charlottesville community. I took one gap year while working as a clinical research coordinator in an exercise-physiology lab at UVA before moving to Durham to start medical school in 2020. I was drawn to the LIC program due to its flexibility, long-term relationships with patients and providers, and freedom it provides with regards to career exploration. In my free time, I love watching sports - anything from football to F1 racing - and playing basketball. I've also enjoyed exploring all the restaurants and outdoor venues that the Triangle area has to offer!

Margot Kelly-Hedrick

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I hail from rainy Seattle, where I grew up enjoying all the typical Pacific Northwest activities (skiing, camping, biking, granola making). Alma maters include McGill University (undergrad in psychology) and Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics / Bloomberg School of Public Health (Master of bioethics/public health). I care about the “how” and the “why” of our health care system failing patients with medical, social, and psychiatric complexities. My goal—both in clinical practice and research—is to work to reduce these harms created by individuals and systems. My favorite procrastination activity is watering my plants and checking for the millionth time if my tomatoes are ripe enough to be picked and eaten!


Linda Li

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As a New Orleans native, I have lived in hot and humid climates my whole life. In 2019 I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with a double major in biology and creative writing. After college, I taught English for a year in Taiwan as a Fulbright ETA. My experiences teaching abroad, as well as my undergraduate service experiences, have highlighted the importance of longitudinal relationships in my life as a way of building trust, support, and camaraderie with those around me. It came as no surprise to me then that I was drawn to the LIC program for its potential for deep, meaningful relationships with both my patients and my mentors. In my free time I dabble in all kinds of art (drawing, painting, calligraphy, cross-stitching), try to devour any novel I can get my hands on, watch a ridiculous amount of anime and Chinese dramas, and attempt (as an Atul Gawande wannabe) to write something creative. (Sometimes I am successful.)


Nia Mitchell

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I was born Trinidad, but I grew up outside of Atlanta in Lilburn, GA. I went to Georgia State University and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. After graduating, I worked as a medical assistant in an extremity nerve surgeon’s outpatient clinic for a year. I applied to LIC because of the unique opportunity to form long-term relationships with not only patients but also my attendings who can offer valuable feedback on my growth over the span of the entire year. I am excited to gain a better understanding of the many factors at play in a patient’s medical journey and by following panel patients to surgeries, discussing their imaging studies with radiologists, or observing their other related medical visits. I look forward to the opportunity to use my clear space time to explore any area of medicine that I am interested in so that I can discover exactly what I want to pursue with my medical career. Outside of school, I enjoy playing volleyball, taking care of my many houseplants, and have recently gotten into making pottery.

Moronke Ogundolie

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I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and migrated to Maryland,USA when I was 15. I attended Towson University where I completed my Bachelor's degree in cell and molecular biology. Post undergrad I came to Duke School of Medicine where I attained my Master of Biomedical science degree. After graduation I took a gap year and worked as an Encounter specialist at a primary care clinic. It was during that experience that I learned about the LIC program at Duke (through a student). I knew at that moment that if I decided to stay at Duke for Medical school, I would apply for the LIC program. My background and gap year experiences reinforced my desire to become competent in holistically caring for patients and treating each patient as not just a set of medical conditions but rather as a full being with unique circumstances.  As a student, I also believe that a longitudinal environment is very valuable for learning especially when dealing with patient care and learning to navigate the healthcare system.


Jennifer Okunbor

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Ivana Premasinghe

Ivana Premasinghe


I was born and raised in Cary, North Carolina and have lived in North Carolina my whole life. I attended Duke for undergrad, where I majored in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. I then took one gap year before medical school, where I worked as a Spanish teacher at a local preschool and volunteered with the leadership club I founded, Leaders UNITE. One thing I really value throughout my various volunteer experiences is their longitudinal aspect, which allows me to develop more meaningful and authentic relationships with people I volunteer with. The longitudinal nature of these interactions allows me to also learn more about other factors that affect people's lives, experiences, and goals. I applied to the LIC programs for similar reasons- LIC would give me the opportunity to develop deeper, longitudinal connections with patients, allowing me to learn more about them, their stories, and other factors that affect their health and lives. In my free time, I love to write (I’m currently writing/editing the first book in a fiction trilogy I hope to publish!), run, ride my bike, spend time with my parents, play piano/guitar/sing, and watch anime/tennis/cycling.

Carmen Rauh

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I was born in Madrid to Spanish and French parents and grew up in Shanghai, Madrid, and Miami. For my undergraduate education, I attended McGill University in Montreal and received a degree in Microbiology and Immunology before coming straight through to Duke Med. I’m an immigrant and a world traveler. I value flexibility, long-term relationships, and love exploring new and different environments. The LIC program offers many opportunities during clinical year. I hope to find physician mentorship and make the most of my personalize-able schedule to explore different interests in medicine and see as much as I can at an academic institution like Duke. Most importantly, I hope to meet patients, establish relationships, and follow them over time. Outside of medical school, I enjoy being active outside, cooking, playing board games, and reading.

Maria Sison

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