My story

Pavitra Krishnamani is a multifaceted medical student at Thomas Jefferson University. She graduated
with a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California (USC) and an MS in Global Medicine
from USC’s Keck School of Medicine in May 2014. At USC, she founded ZYGO, a series on medical ethics,
as a Fellow at USC’s Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and a Graduate Fellow in Medical
Ethics at USC’s Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.
Currently, she serves as the Vice President for Refugee Health Partners at Jefferson. Her background in
global medicine informs her clinical work with Philadelphia’s Bhutanese refugee population. To better
serve refugees and asylum-seekers, Pavitra has also attended PHR’s Asylum Training. She is currently
working on creating an interventional research project aimed at improving mental health outcomes for
refugees, as well as designing several clinics for refugees and asylum seekers in Philadelphia.
As a student in Jefferson’s Design program, Pavitra is involved with planning Philadelphia’s first clinically
oriented hackathon, and will be representing her school in Yale’s 2015 healthcare hackathon. In 2014,
she led and worked on teams that presented at the Global mWellness Workshop, placed first in USC’s
Global Health Case Competition, represented USC at Emory’s International Case Competition, and
competed for the Clinton Global Initiative-funded Hult Prize.
Pavitra also presented her neuroimaging literature review at Jefferson’s AOA Research Symposium
2015. As an undergraduate student, she was awarded the distinction of USC Discovery Scholar for her
research portfolio, and earned numerous fellowships and grants for her work in various labs associated
with USC’s Brain and Creativity Institute and its School of Pharmacy. Previously, she has presented at UC
Berkeley’s California Cognitive Science Conference and won an Honorable Mention for her poster
presentation at USC’s Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work.
Additionally, Pavitra exercises her creative talents as the Editor-in-Chief of Voices of SAPHA and a
member of the Editorial Advisory Board of AMSA’s The New Physician. In addition to holding several
editorial positions at USC, she mentored Los Angeles high school students and served as a student
leader in spiritual life, where she has represented both Hindu and Interfaith philosophies. In her spare
time, she enjoys engaging in music, dance, photography, and writing

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