Two views of Jeffrey Thompson face each other: one plain-faced, and the other in surgical cap and mask

True Blue: Jeffrey Thompson

Jeffrey Thompson thought he had to pick between a career in medicine or pursuing his musical passion — until he realized he couldn't do one without the other. Read the story.

  • Zoom image: Medical residents organize a sleeping bag donation for people who are unhoused and distribute the sleeping bags at the NFTA downtown bus station. Medical residents organize a sleeping bag donation for people who are unhoused and distribute the sleeping bags at the NFTA downtown bus station.

    Heal and help

    Internal medicine (IM) residents from the Jacobs School gathered at the downtown bus station last week before starting rounds with UB HEALS to check on unhoused people and distribute sleeping bags. The IM residents from the Advocacy Committee conducted a year-long campaign to collect donations to purchase the sleeping bags. “Despite rigorous clinical coursework, these residents demonstrated their commitment to serving their community and the desire for a new generation of physicians to be community advocates,” says Ariba Hashmi, advocacy champion for the IM residency program. Organized by Hashmi and Archana Mishra, clinical associate professor of medicine, the idea was to get students and residents working together through engagement with the community. The students (from left): Waseem Farooq, Angela Khidir, Leen Al-Yacoub, Kayla St. Lucia, Elizabeth Onyechi, Jianhua (Allen) Wu, Sanjeevani Tomar, Temitope Ajayi, Toluwanimi (Mercy) Aladesua. Ariba Hashmi, Sven Wang, Kishore Mani, Ronak Bahuva, Osman Varol and wife. Photo: Ariba Hashmi

    Published May 19, 2022

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