LCI Student Council 2017-18

Member Bios

Christopher Kaperak - Co-Chair
4th Year

Chris is a fourth year medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He has thoroughly enjoyed his LC experiences at UVA, and is interested in being more involved in optimizing LC experiences both at UVA and at other medical schools, and is very excited about the opportunity to co-chair the LCI student council. You can often find him reading, playing board games, or thinking about a new travel destination. Originally from Seattle, he also enjoys hiking and running, even if there is a bit of rain.

Caroline Gentile - Co-Chair
3rd Year

Caroline Gentile is a third year medical student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she is the LCI representative. Outside of medical school, she enjoys cooking, trying new fitness classes, and exploring New York City.

Andrew Pfeffer - Advisor

Dr. Pfeffer was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. He received his undergraduate degree in American History from Brown University, and his medical degree from the University of Virginia. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt, and served as Chief-Resident from 2013-2014. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Pfeffer serves as a College Mentor in the Advisory Colleges within the School of Medicine. When not at work, Dr. Pfeffer loves spending time with wife, Emily, and his three children; Noah, Charlotte, and Emma.

Katherine Anderson - Advisor

Katherine serves as co-advisor for the LCI student council. She previously served as co-chair for the LCI administrators group. She was born and raised in North Carolina and attended Vanderbilt University where she received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies before going on to earn a master’s degree from East Carolina University.  She is currently a Program Coordinator in the Office of Medical Student Affairs at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. As coordinator she oversees the Wellness, Careers in Medicine, College and residency match programs at VUSM. In her spare time she enjoys trying the many awesome Nashville restaurants and watching sports with her husband

Kinnari Ruikar - Secretary
2nd Year

Kinnari is a first year medical student at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. She is a Learning Communities (Colleges) Senator and serves on the Student Government for her class in this capacity as well. She has loved working with her LCI peers, and looks forward to continuing to do so. Outside of medical school, she enjoys exploring Dallas, finding new coffee shops, dancing, and reading.

Daniel Sack, MD/PhD Candidate - Research
MD/PhD Research

Danny Sack is a third year MD-PhD student at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology, where he studies the social dynamics that influence maternal to child HIV transmission in Mozambique. He joined the LCI student council because of his interest in the importance of integrating social sciences and the humanities into medical education. In his somewhat limited free time he enjoys running and reading.

Nicholas Eisenberg - Conference Planning
3rd Year

Nicholas served as the president of one of six academic societies for KU last year during our changing curriculum. He attended SLU for undergrad and got a degree in biomedical engineering. He is in the USAF and hopes to practice in some critical care field moving forward.

Mackenzie Dikeman - Conference Planning
3rd Year

Mackenzie is a third year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and is completing her clinical years at one of KU's satellite campuses in Wichita, Kansas. She is new to the LCI student council but looking forward to jumping right in and helping plan the next conference, hosted by KU, this upcoming year. In her spare time she enjoys singing, exploring new music, and spending time with her Great Dane, Roman.

Brynne Ichiuji - Outreach
3rd Year

Brynne is a third year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington, DC. She is the current LCI student outreach coordinator. Brynne grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and received a BS in Biochemistry from Scripps College in Claremont, CA in 2017. She is interested in medical education research, specifically concerning emergency and trauma care didactics. She is currently working with a new team of students and curriculum directors at GWU to optimize the LC curriculum - she’s committed to networking and collaboration with other schools to achieve this goal. While she misses sunny CA, she loves a great jaunt around DC with her pals!

Andrew Moore - Web & Communication
3rd Year

Andrew is a third year medical student at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. He serves as the student chair for his Learning Communities curriculum committee and is always looking for novel ideas to incorporate in the LC curriculum to further tailor to the student experience. When not studying, he is often found hiking the Sandia mountains, spearfishing around the state, reading or planning the next big scuba dive trip.

Carter Baughman - Member-At-Large
2nd Year

Carter is a 2nd year medical student at the University of Kentucky. She serves as the AAMC Student Representative (OSR) for her class and has used this platform to develop a student-led Learning Communities initiative. She joined the LCI student council to learn from and collaborate with members from schools across the country. In her spare time she travels, hikes, and makes candles.

Charles Liu - Member-At-Large
1st Year

Charles Liu is a 1st year medical student at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He serves as a Learning Communities (Colleges) Senator in the student government, and he has a keen interest in medical education. In his free time, he enjoys writing, playing guitar, and watching movies.

Dustin Wessells - Member-At-Large
3rd Year

Dustin is a 3rd year medical student at UVA and has always had a huge interest in peer mentorship since his undergraduate years at UVA. 4 years ago, it was helping out fellow pre-med students and now it is helping medical students develop to be future doctors. He also is involved with QI integration into UVA's curriculum with IHI. Outside of medicine he loves to play soccer and various card games.

Priyanka Patel - Member-At-Large
3rd Year

Priyanka is a third year at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, where she serves on the Learning Community (LC) Executive Board and LC Curriculum Committee. Priyanka loves to collaborate with both her peers and faculty through her position as class vice president and has been inspired by administrators to pursue a career with a medical education component. She is a staunch supporter of the oxford comma and a semicolon enthusiast. In her spare time, you'll find her researching must-have meals at her next travel destination, playing the violin, or trying a new recipe.

Daniel Sack, MD/PhD Candidate - Member-At-Large
MD/PhD Research

Danny Sack is a third year MD-PhD student at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine pursuing his PhD in Epidemiology, where he studies the social dynamics that influence maternal to child HIV transmission in Mozambique. He joined the LCI student council because of his interest in the importance of integrating social sciences and the humanities into medical education. In his somewhat limited free time he enjoys running and reading.

James Sherpa - Member-At-Large
1st Year

James is a first year medical student at the University of Washington. He is a Learning Communities Representative in Seattle and looks forward to exploring and improving how LCs shape student medical school experiences. Outside of medical school, he enjoys literature, exploring new foods and places, and basketball.