Flo Da-Silva is a current 1st Year Medical Student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Da-Silva graduated from University of the Sciences in 2018 with a bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences after being a part of the Uscience's NCAA Division 2 Men's Basketball Team. After Graduation Da-Silva attended the Temple ACHS post-bacc program and completed the program before matriculating into PCOM as part of the 2023 Graduating Class. Flo Enjoys playing basketball in his free time and is interested in pursing a career in Surgery/Orthopedic Surgery after medical school
Christopher Koilor is a Philadelphia native who graduated from St. Joseph’s Preparatory High School in 2013. Following graduation, Chris attended Penn State University where he studied Biobehavioral Health and discovered his passion for health and wellness through his studies and on campus involvement. After graduation in 2017, Chris completed a one year accelerated post-baccalaureate program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Chris was recently accepted to medical school and will begin his studies during the Fall 2020 semester. Outside the classroom, Chris enjoys activities focused on physical fitness and nutrition as well as spending time with his family.
Andre Cunningham is an MS-1 at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a degree in biological sciences. He enjoys playing the violin and going to the gym in his free time. The future doctor is interested in becoming a cardiologist.
Jonathan Hyacinthe is an OMS-1 at PCOM. He attended Monmouth University and graduated in 2017 with a degree in biology. After graduating, he further developed his interest in medicine through hospital volunteering and shadowing various physicians. During his gap year, Jonathan also explored the field of law where he worked closely with attorneys, paralegals and law secretaries throughout the law office. Ultimately, he found that his passion remained medicine and decided to return to school full time by attending PCOM's Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. After a year in the program, Jonathan matriculated into PCOM's DO program. Jonathan's interests outside of school include attending and volunteering with his church, playing and watching sports, and spending time with family. He is still unsure of the clinical field he plans on pursuing.
Jesse Uduma is a first year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from Houston, Texas, he received his bachelors of science in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience at Temple University in 2017. On his free time, Jesse loves to practice Muay Thai Kickboxing, play soccer, roam around Philly to work on his photography skills. He hopes to become a neurosurgeon upon completion of medical school and to open up his own institutional facility down South.
Hayalneh Gessessew is currently attending the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. Hayalneh attended Bucknell University as a POSSE Scholar and graduated in May 2019 with his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology. He was also inducted into the Alpha Iota Chapter of Phi Sigma, a National undergraduate Biology Honor Society. Hayalneh enjoys swimming, spending time with his family and friends, as well as volunteering in the community. He is interested in pursuing CardioVascular/ Thoracic medicine or surgery after completion of medical school.
Bryson Hoover-Hankerson is currently a first year medical student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He graduated from Tufts University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology. Afterwards he scribed in Baltimore, MD for a year before relocating to Philadelphia, PA where he attended the ACHS Temple post-bacc program. Following completion of the program he worked for a year at the Center for Urban Bioethics at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He applied while working and decided to attend Lewis Katz School of Medicine. In his spare time he enjoys playing basketball, reading, and going to the movies. Bryson is interested in trauma surgery as his specialty.
Demetrius Woodard is a M1 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. In 2019, Demetrius received his Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology from West Chester University. He was also involved in in leadership positions across campus including Health & Education chair for the West Chester University chapter of the NAACP and as a leadership consultant for the office of student leadership and involvement. During his free time, Demetrius enjoys strength training, listening to music and being with family. He is interested in pursuing a career in non-invasive Cardiology after the completion of medical school.
Frederick Okoye is currently a 2nd year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine interested in surgery and neurology. He earned his master’s in Interdisciplinary Sciences at Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Professional Studies and has been focused on health disparity reduction through preventative care measures in chronic diseases. He was awarded the 2019 Penn Memory Center Minority Scholars in Aging Research at the University of Pennsylvania where he worked in the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation (LCNS) interacting with stroke patients.
Since 2016, he has worked intimately with Penn Memory Center, addressing the gap in care, awareness, and general knowledge of cognitive impairment in the African American community. Through surveys, conversations with his Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. brothers, and residents the Philadelphia area, he initiated a collaborative community outreach series Alzheimer’s in Our Community, intended to educate and engage the Philadelphia community in meaningful dialogue, support, and research participation.
Frederick was an NCAA Division I track and field athlete at Seton Hall University and Lehigh University, graduating with his bachelor’s in biological sciences from Lehigh University.
Keneolisa went to Tufts University where he studied Community Health and Biology. He was a member of the BlackOut Step Team. Keneolisa graduated in 2016 and then worked as an administrative assistant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA for 2 years. Afterwards he attended the ACMS post-bacc program at Temple University. Ogamba applied early decision to Lewis Katz School of Medicine and have been accepted to join the class of 2024. He is currently working as a Research Project Associate at the Center for Urban Bioethics at Temple University. Ogamba is interested in family medicine after completion of medical school. Outside of work-life he enjoys playing basketball, travelling, and music.
Mansour Mahamane is an M2 at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Mansour Mahamane received his bachelor degree from University of Central Oklahoma in 2011. After completion of his bachelor's degree, he worked in academia and later served in the US Army before starting medical school. In his free time, Mansour enjoys traveling and learning about finance and entrepreneurship
Percy Takyi is a 2ndyear student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is currently a dual-degree student, pursuing his MBA at St. Joseph’s Haub School of Business. He plans on pursuing a career in psychiatry, and plans on being on the forefront of the movement to reduce the stigma on mental health, especially in the Black community. Prior to attending medical school Percy worked as a Lab Tech at Lab Corp, a substitute teacher, and as a medical scribe. With his free time he runs a podcast called “Behind the White Coat: Failure and Percyverance”, where he invites people in the different health professions to come and share the obstacles they have faced in their respective journeys in medicine. He hopes to reduce the stigma on failure by showing people that “failure” actually leads you to success. In addition to running his podcast, Percy works as an intern for a company called MedFlashGo, which is an interactive voice board prep program, where students are able to use Alexa to help prepare them for boards. Lastly, Percy works for the company Osmosis as a fellow where he helps students find more efficient ways to study. With the drive to reduce certain stigmas in the field of medicine, Percy believes that with transparency amongst his colleagues, and the willingness of others to listen, the sky is the limit.
Sho Da-Silva is currently a student at Ross University School of Medicine. Da-Silva graduated with a BS in Health Sciences from the University of Sciences where he was a two year captain of the men’s basketball team. After graduating, Da-Silva attended the Temple ACHS post baccalaureate program before continuing his studies at Ross University. Sho is interested in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine and psychology. In the future he hopes to launch studies and projects focused on investigating the affects of surgery on not just the physical but social and behavioral development of minors. When Sho’s not studying he enjoys activities based in fitness and nutrition. He also loves spending time with his family and friends.
Ronald is a MS-1 pursuing his D.O degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Ronald is from Orlando, FL and earned is bachelor’s degree in Biology from Florida A&M University. In his free time, Ronald loves to play video games and has a strong passion for football. He is currently undecided on which area he’d like to focus on for residency.