3 students awarded the UCSF Benioff Children Hospital’s Oakland Diversity Scholars Scholarship

Congratulation to the 3 students who received the PMF and UCSF Benioff Children Hospital’s Oakland Diversity Scholars Scholarship funded by the California Wellness Foundation.
Ariel Hierholzer

Ariel Holzer

Medical Student - 4th Year
Specialty area: Child Neurology
University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med)


  1. Improve outcomes for children living with neurological disability who are transitioning from adolescence to adulthood
  2. Establish a partnership within the community where children will have better access to books and learning resources; particularly for lower income children and those with special needs
  3. Research specifically focused on nutritional support for children with neuro-cognitive impairment

Would love to practice in Northern California my home state.

Christopher Hinds

Christopher Hinds

Medical Student - 4th Year
Specialty area: Primary Care Pediatrics
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles
University of California, David Geffen School of Medicine

Incorporate some type of overarching education/support within the work that I do; have a fund of sorts to aid families who are genuinely struggling and can't afford payment of a visit; possibly try working with schools for nutrition education for students.

Hopefully, will pursue career in Northern California.

Lara Aboud Syriani

Lara Aboud Syriani

Medical Student - 4th Year
Specialty area: Pediatrics
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Western University of Health Sciences
Biomedical and Clinical Research Track

I would love to pursue my career in Northern CA as this is the region that I first moved to after immigrating from Syria. I understand the needs of the diverse patient population in Northern CA, and I am motivated to continue helping them thrive in the U.S.

The Physicians Medical Forum (PMF), founded in 2002 in Oakland, CA is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization.


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