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Mentor Mentee Match Day 2022

Catch the Recap Video of the I Am Abel Foundation's Mentor Mentee Match and Pinning Ceremony Reception. Join us as I Am Abel Foundation welcomed 35 new mentees to our pipeline program on Sunday, Augusts 21, 2022, at our annual Mentor Mentee Match Day Reception at the gorgeous Cheney Mansion in Oak Park. We enjoyed riveting and inspiring speakers and welcomed our newest cohort of mentees to the field of medicine in a special pinning ceremony kicked off by Dr. Ike Okwuosa and Dr. John Pandolfino. Our Mentors and Board Members personally pinned all of our incoming students. We also celebrated our students that were back at school who were with us virtually in the hybrid in person and virtual celebration.

Dr. Everett Roark of William Carey Osteopathic Medical School shared words of encouragement as we celebrated two I Am Abel Foundation Mentees that started medical school at this institution on Augusts 1st. Vince Galluci of Boston Scientific shared with us the commitment of Boston Scientific to reducing disparities in healthcare and medicine and their commitment to continue to support programs like I Am Abel Foundation that are closing healthcare and diversity gaps in medicine. Our "veteran" Mentees, were also at the forefront of this inspiring celebration along with Dr. Conway who reminded everyone of us to "carry someone in on our backs. She also reminded us that even as we take time for "self-care,” that we do not get lost in "selfish" care because when we do not serve the community, it eventually will dissolve and collapse with us in it. Dr. Rene Roberts closed out our ceremony with a riveting keynote address "Resilience - Finding Purpose in Pain." There honestly was not a dry eye in the house as she shared her testimony of her journey to medicine. Check out her keynote address here!

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