Medical Students for Life Announces Summer Pro-Life Fellowships

National   |   Kristan Hawkins   |   Jul 22, 2013   |   7:12PM   |   Washington, DC

Medical Students for Life (MedSFL) is pleased to announce our send annual MedSFL Summer Fellowship participants and activities. The 2013 Summer Fellows were carefully selected through a competitive process with applications submitted from across the nation. Each med extern will participate in a five week training by some of America’s leading bioethicists, clinicians, researchers, health economists, and legal experts.

The fellowship began on June 16th when the externs participated in an intense week-long medical ethics seminar at Princeton University led by some of the top pro-life medical ethicists in the country. After the seminar was complete, they began work on a medical ethics research project where they will prepare manuscripts on various topics pertaining to pro-life medicine and submit their work to medical journals. During the practicum portion of their fellowship they will participate in clinical rotations with pro-life physicians in their field and volunteer their time at a medical pregnancy resource center.

This week, Med Students for Life’s National Meeting at the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity’s (CBHD) “Health & Human Flourishing Conference” is being held at Trinity International University on July 18-20th. MedSFL will be hosting a lunch meeting in the Fireside Room of the Lee Building to present a briefing on our programs and give a report as to the state of medical schools and abortion, as well as one-on-one consultations with pro-life medical school leaders.

Our Summer Fellows are the rising stars of the pro-life movement; many of them will go on to serve on medical boards, teach academic medicine and seek to change the pro-abortion medical culture from the inside out. We are very pleased to present the next generation of pro-life doctors and leaders:

Ana Maria Dumitru- Dartmouth College

IMG_2030.2Ana is currently a second year student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she is enrolled in the MD PhD program. At the end of this academic year, she will be breaking off from her class in order to pursue a PhD in biochemistry, hopefully studying different aspects of cell replication at the level of signaling and protein interactions. In the long run, she hopes to incorporate research into her medical practice, translating between basic science and patient interactions.

Jennifer Alyse Rumpf- Texas A&M College of Medicine

535883_10151512503469530_375319884_nJennifer will be attending Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine as a First Year Medical Student after graduating in December 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Mathematics with both University Honors and Foundation Honors distinctions. In her time as an undergraduate, Jennifer was involved in Pro-Life Aggies, serving as Secretary for two years and then as President. She and other strong Pro-Life leaders reestablished the group on campus as well as fundraised and awarded the first $1000 Pregnant and Parenting Student Scholarship. As a result of much shadowing and mentorship, it is evident that Jennifer’s passion lies within the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Burk Schaible- Western University of Health Sciences

IMG_2270Burk is a student of the class of 2016 at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, OR. His passion for medicine stems from his interest in pediatrics, medical ethics and faith in medicine. Burk enjoys rock climbing, surfing and spending time with his wife and son.



Brianna Wynne- Medical College of Wisconsin

BriannaBrianna Wynne is a 2009 graduate of Hope College, where she studied Chemistry and Spanish. She worked for a couple years, as a lab assistant for a pharmaceutical company and as a case manager for a non-profit organization, before she decided to continue her education. Brianna is currently a student at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Dan Mosher- Western University of Health Sciences

Mosher, DanielDan is a 1st year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon, Oregon. During his undergraduate degree he studied at Portland State University while working and volunteering at Oregon Health & Science University. Dan’s interest is in the area of Family Medicine with an emphasis on fitness and nutrition. Apart from studying medicine, Dan enjoys running, cycling, rock climbing, serving in his church and enjoying time with his wife.

Marissa Watson- University of Toledo College of Medicine

watsonMarissa is a first year medical student at The University of Toledo College of Medicine. She is an Honors College and Summa Cum Laude graduate of The University of Akron, where she was actively involved in numerous volunteer and service organizations in conjunction with her participation in several research projects. Now as a first year medical student, she continues to excel in her schoolwork and volunteers her time in many ways. She is an emergency department scribe who has the responsibilities of accompanying the physician into a patient’s room, documenting the patient’s chief complaint, and then typing such information into the patient’s electronic medical record. Additionally, she volunteers her time at various local clinics that provide free, comprehensive healthcare services to the uninsured.

Michael Brooks- Virginia Commonwealth University

189412_10151162315899459_130505705_nMichael is a twenty-two year old medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia. He was born and lived in North Carolina for thirteen years, lived in Fairfax Virginia for 7 years, Blacksburg for 2 years, and now current resides in Richmond. Michael attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate education and earned a B.S in Biological sciences, along with Minors in Chemistry and History.

Jacob Sypher- Western University of Health Sciences

jacobJacob is a student at Western University of Health Sciences COMP-Northwest. He completed his undergraduate degree in Public Health at Brigham Young University where he participated in research studying the social determinants of health in the context of Utah’s population. He also served a two-year full-time mission in the Philippines and speaks fluent Tagalog. He is married and has two children. He has a recently discovered passion for women’s health and believes the solution too many social health issues is to strengthen families by bridging disparities among women.