My name is Casey Rendon, and I attend the Tufts School of Medicine in Boston, MA. I'm currently in my first year of medical school, with an expected graduation date of 2017. In what seems like a lifetime ago — but was actually just a few short months ago — I graduated from California State University, Northridge. Being in Phi Delta Epsilon and having the support of my PhiDE brothers and sisters has no doubt made it possible for me to be where I am today.
Estelle Eugene is a San Diego native, who went to Cal State University of Northridge (CSUN) and majored in biology. She was in the founding class of Phi Delta Epsilon and served as secretary for two terms. In 2009 she graduated from CSUN with Magna Cum Laude honors and went on to medical school at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. While attending UCLA she was involved in organizations such as the Student National Medical Association, Latino Medical Student Association, and performed several small research projects on Diabetes. Currently, she is an intern in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, MD. After residency, Estelle is considering pursuing a career in Primary Care or continuing on to a fellowship in Endocrinology.
Dr. Diana Naderi was part of the founding class of CA Theta at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with a degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. She graduated from Chicago Medical School (CMS) at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in June 2014 and was part of the chartering team for the reinstallation of the Beta Tau chapter at CMS in August 2014, assisting fellow CA Theta alumnus, Andrew Parada. Dr. Naderi is part of the Class of 2017 in the Northridge Family Medicine Residency Program at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and is Membership Commitee Co-Chair of the PhiDE Los Angeles Graduate Club. With the support of nominations from 6 different PhiDE chapters, Dr. Naderi became the 2014 recipient of the Shipley Glick Outstanding Medical Student award. She has provided suturing workshops and premedical enrichment presentations to PhiDE chapters at CSUN, UCLA, UCI, and Northwestern and enjoys serving as a mentor to premedical students.
After Andrew graduated from CSUN in 2011, he then did postbaccalaureate studies through the Pre-Health Professions Certificate Program offered by San Francisco State University. He finished coursework in May 2012 and applied for medical school that cycle. During this time, he spent a year as an MCAT Instructor for Kaplan Test Prep. He has now matriculated to Chicago Medical School and is focused on reviving the Phi Delta Epsilon chapter there. In addition, he wants to be a resource to any PhiDE member applying to CMS or any other Chicagoland schools.
My name is Thanh Phung. I am currently a first year osteopathic medical student at Des Moines University (DMU) in Des Moines, Iowa. Medical school has been an amazing experience. Each day is an opportunity to learn something new about the human body and how it works. Learning and practicing osteopathic manual medicine (OMM) has helped me better understand the body and to connect what I learn in anatomy and clinical medicine. My classmates are wonderful and we all work as a team to ensure that we all grow and succeed. The faculty and administration do great job of supporting us, challenging us, but also encourage us to have lives outside of studying and practicing medicine.