LCI Student Council 2017-18

Member Bios

Eve Champaloux, PhD - Co-Chair
U. Virginia, 7th year (MD-PhD)

Eve is a 4th year medical student at the University of Virginia Medical school. She is one of the student council co-chairs of the LCI. She got to know her husband Marc through their time together in a small group doctoring course. So it’s fair to say that learning communities have had a strongly positive impact on her experience in medical school. She has volunteered at every white coat ceremony at her school since 2010, meaning she has touched the white coat of every single medical student at UVA in the SMD 2014-2020 classes.

Christine Motzkus - Co-Chair
U. Massachusetts, 3rd year

Christine is an MD-PhD student who has completed her PhD and returned to her 3rd year of medical school at the University of Massachusetts. She is one of the student council co-chairs of the LCI, and continues to serve as a member of the Learning Communities Executive Board at UMASS. Originally from Augusta, Georgia, she has continued a steady northward trek after earning her MPH from Virginia Commonwealth University. She hopes to pursue a career as a triple threat combining clinical work, research, and medical education. Her hobbies include traveling nationally for competitive Olympic fencing, Crossfit, and cuddling with her dogs and cat.

Michael Pilla, MD - Advisor
Vanderbilt University
Becky Surrey - Secretary
George Washington, 4th Year

Becky is currently a 4th year at the George Washington University SMHS. GW LCs are fairly new- hers is the inaugural class! She serves as a learning community representative and is doing medical education research on LCs across the country to help GW’s program grow and improve. She’s from Colorado and loves to hike, ski, bike, etc. other stereotypical outdoors activities, and she is constantly on the hunt for the perfect chai latte.

Matt Solomon - Outreach
U. New Mexico, 4th Year

Matt is a fourth year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. This is his second year on the LCI Student Council and he is currently serving as the Outreach Coordinator, which has been A LOT of fun. In his spare time he enjoys playing the drums (Neil Peart is the best drummer of all time). He is also interested in learning about history, traveling, CrossFit and occasionally… eating chocolate chip pancakes

Meredith Johnson - Research
University of Virginia, 3rd Year

Meredith serves as student research chair for the LCI and represents her class from the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  She joined the LCI because of an interest in a career in medical education and meeting students with similar goals. In her free time, she loves to bake chocolate toffee cookies and decorate birthday cakes. She loves to travel and aims to visit every continent (5 down, 2 more to go!)

Ammu Vijay - Member-At-Large
University of North Carolina, 3rd Year

Ammu is  an MS3 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is part of student government at her medical school and has been able to participate in their learning communities through her position. She is passionate about medical education and intends to have a career in academic medicine one day. Her hobbies include reading, travelling, running, and sampling local coffee shops and breweries! One of her bucket list goals is to set foot on every continent – she’s 4/7 of the way there!

Marques Pena - Member-At-Large
University of New Mexico, 4th Year

Marques grew up in a small town on the border of Texas and New Mexico named appropriately as Texico. It is a rural community with a population of 1,136. He attends the University of New Mexico School of Medicine as part of the class of 2018, having participated in the UNM Bachelor/Medical Doctorate pipeline program. He was elected as one of four students to serve as “head of academy” overseeing the workings of the Learning Community. His academy head group has been able to implement a second white coat ceremony to commemorate the transition from didactic curriculum into their clinical years. They have also been able to implement a friendly competition between the different learning community groups known as the Zia Bowl.

Paul Alvarez - Member-At-Large
University of North Carolina, 3rd Year

Paul is currently a 3rd year medical student at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. As a member of the Learning Communities Institute student council, he takes it upon himself to learn more about the learning community at UNC by staying in close contact with various college advisors and class advocates. In addition, he is a member of the Learning Communities Institute research committee. Some fun facts  include that he is from Miami, Florida and he loves to both read and listen to classical music.

Robert Tamai - Member-At-Large
Johns Hopkins, 4th Year

Robert Tamai is a 4th Year (Class of 2018) at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has been the Johns Hopkins SOM LCI student representative since 2014 and also served on the LCI Student Council last year. Outside of medical school, he is an avid yelper!

Sam Altonji - Member-At-Large
University of Alabama, 3rd Year

Sam is a third year student at the University of Alabama School of Medicine (UAB).  He is involved with Learning Communities at UAB as part of his role in the Student Senate, and is researching the effectiveness of informal peer mentoring relationships among medical students. When he’s not studying Sam likes to rock climb, read, and play music (mostly bass). When he can get away for a weekend he heads to Auburn where his wife Olivia is pursuing her Ph.D. in nutrition science.

Margaret Gray - Chair Emeritus
Vanderbilt, 4th year
Nick Andresen - Chair Emeritus
U. Iowa, 4th year