Born and raised in Boston, Mass., Ashley White-Stern earned her BA in cinema and media studies from the University of Chicago and her masters in film studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After completing her MA, while working as for its local menu, she had the opportunity to travel to Sicily for a course on health and terroir with a Sicilian chef and a physician from San Francisco. It was on this trip that Ashley decided to pursue a career in medicine because she realized that as a physician, she could combine her passions for food, community building, population health, and community health. While in the Postbac Program, Ashley was very involved, serving as President of the Premedical Association Board and helping to organize the Annual Medical School Fair and the Annual Postbac Symposium. She began medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in the fall.
Evan Frederickson Joiner
Evan Frederickson Joiner grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2007, he earned his BA in American studies and theater studies from Yale University. He then moved to New York City where he worked as an actor and an academic tutor. Through his role as a tutor, he developed a strong interest in child psychiatry that inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. For the past year, he volunteered in the Psychiatric Recovery Center at St. Luke’s Hospital where he worked primarily with patients with psychotic disorders. He matriculated at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons this fall.