Congratulations! I Am Abel Foundation Mentees and Affiliates

Guess Who's Starting Medical School 2020?


Congratulations to this amazing group of students who all are beginning medical school in the fall of 2020. Chinenye (Chi Chi) Ukpaby, first became involved with I Am Abel Foundation in 2018 after attending our annual Chicago Health and Medical Careers Citywide Student Conference held annually at Rush University. She has served as a key member of our MCAT THINK TANK committee that is creating transformational programs for our students. She is now a first year medical student at University of Illinois at Chicago and has been very active in our MCAT Development programs.


Jennifer Sackey, joined us Summer 2019 and it has been a joy to have her involved ever since! She has been an active participant in our Saturday Morning Professor Series and community events and just recently finished up her Master's in Immunology at Loyola Stritch School of Medicine where she has also begun her medical studies this summer.


Sweta Soni joined us in 2018 and has been a faithful mentee. While shadowing her I Am Abel Foundation mentor at her Internal Medicine Clinic in North Lawndale, Sweta became intrigued with a Podiatry Clinic that was running concurrently. She became fascinated with the diseases of the foot and ankle and the correlation between overall health (i.e. diabetes, hypertension, etc...) and foot health. She also appreciated the opportunity to do surgeries and switched tracks. She is now starting her first year of Podiatry school at Rosalind Franklin University. We know she will be an asset to the field of podiatry and one day we will meet up on the hospital wards i'm sure!

Finally, Steven Wooten joined us an Affiliate in 2016. He is a brilliant young man who is multilingual and a graduate of the University of Illinois in Urbana where he was a high achieving student. For years, he worked as an ER Tech at Loyola Medial Center while studying for the MCAT. He later pursued and completed his Master's of Science degree at Marian University. His perseverance despite countless barriers is one of his finest traits. We are excited to welcome Steve to medicine. Please keep these amazing future physicians in prayers. We know they will do great things in medicine!

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