RHEDI Welcomes 2nd Cohort of the Resident Scholars Program for Workforce Diversity

We are thrilled to introduce the nine exceptional residents who make up the second cohort of the Resident Scholars Program for Workforce Diversity (RSPWD). This year-long experience for BIPOC family medicine residents, predominantly those under-represented in medicine (URM), is designed to support scholars’ development as future leaders in the field. Scholars will have an opportunity to develop relationships with BIPOC mentors and other experts who incorporate a Reproductive Justice framework into clinical care, research, leadership, and teaching. Through participation in workshops, attendance at professional conferences, and sponsorship of elective training opportunities, scholars will develop fundamental skills related to abortion provision and to advancing SRH care in family medicine.

Continue reading below to learn more about the 2023–2024 RSPWD participants.

Dr. Angelica Ehioba – Medstar Health – Georgetown/Washington Hospital Center Residency Program in Family Medicine. 
Dr. Ehioba is a second-year family medicine resident whose research, volunteer, and community-building work has continually focused on elevating the needs of maligned and oppressed populations. A prior rotation in an Ohio abortion clinic cemented her belief that all patients deserve abortion care tailored to their medical needs, and that it was her duty as a primary care provider to increase access to this vital service. As she moves forward, Dr. Ehioba wants to remain an advocate for compassionate and empathetic patient care where patients can access all parts of essential healthcare.

Dr. M.
Dr. M. is a PGY2 FM from Maine who is passionate about serving patients from systemically and medically marginalized communities. Dr. M. joined RSPWD to strengthen their capabilities to effectively offer abortion care to patients and works to help patients of color to feel safe enough to receive abortion services. Dr. M. believes that representation matters for patients and healthcare providers. They use their presence as a Black femme-presenting family medicine doctor to build stronger relationships with patients from marginalized communities and inspire other providers of color to take part in this important work.

Dr. Chyleigh J Harmon – Saint Louis University Family Medicine Residency
With a unique background comprised of advocacy, organizational leadership, and a desire to provide access to health care services with empathy, Dr. Harmon fights to ensure patients can make their healthcare decisions on their own terms. She’s a strong supporter of providing health center patients with full-spectrum care and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, and previously led the local chapter of Medical Students for Choice. Dr. Harmon joined RSPWD to enhance her ability to provide complete care for individuals desiring access to full-spectrum health services.

Dr. Meera Nagarsheth – Brown University Family Medicine Residency – Pawtucket
Community organizing around abolition, anti-racism, and Reproductive Justice serve as the foundation for Dr. Nagarsheth’s commitment to providing sexual and reproductive health services. Dr. Nagarsheth brings a variety of experiences to this year’s RSPWD cohort. Her work with Medical Students for Choice and White Coats for Black Lives, and prior partnerships with local clinics, Reproductive Justice advocacy groups, and community organizers help center her efforts to address the health of her patients and the context in which their health and access is embedded. She hopes to return to Florida and work towards a radical redistribution of resources and power related to the provision of healthcare.

Dr. Dewonna Ferguson – Duke University Family Medicine and Community Health
Since learning about the lack of abortion, miscarriage, and birth control education that was available at her high school, Dr. Ferguson has worked to promote sexual and reproductive health equity for marginalized communities. A self-described “catalyst for change,” Dr. Ferguson works with stakeholders who provide training, education, and opportunities to advocate for the protection of reproductive healthcare access. She is also a member of the Duke Reproductive Health Equity and Advocacy Mobilization team, and is also the North Carolina Academy of Family Physician Workforce Pipeline Committee Chair. Dr. Ferguson looks forward to providing the residents of underserved communities with a safe place to exercise their reproductive choice.

Dr. Bryana Williams – Duke University Family Medicine and Community Health
Dr. Williams is a former labor and abortion Doula. She is a black, queer physician who wants to make abortion care more patient-centered and to protect transgender/queer patients from marginalization. Her roots are in advocacy and activism, and her service as an Americorps volunteer shaped her commitment to creating more equitable access to abortions. After she completes her residency, Dr. Williams hopes to return to North Carolina and serve BIPOC and LGBTQ communities at a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Dr. Samantha Mohammad – Long Beach Memorial Family Residency Program
Dr. Mohammad works each day to end the injustice and unfairness that occurs when patients are denied access to reproductive health services. Her work on behalf of LatinX patients, and fight against structural injustices which lead to poor access to care, has shaped her desire to combine reproductive care and advocacy in her practice. Dr. Mohammad remains committed to expanding abortion care in her clinic, and is currently developing a manual vacuum aspiration protocol to increase patients’ access to procedural abortions.

Dr. Karol Serafin – Harlem Residency in Family Medicine
Dr. Serafin’s journey as a family medicine provider is driven by her personal experiences navigating the health care system as a first-generation Mexican-American. She has developed a passion to assist young people struggling to navigate reproductive care. She hopes to end the discrepancies that exist regarding reproductive health access, and plans to work at a Federally Qualified Health Center that focuses on increasing community medical education and providing full spectrum reproductive care.

Dr. Kelley Butler – UCSF Department of Family and Community Medicine
Dr. Butler works at the intersection of sexual and reproductive health care, carcerality, systems involvement, and addiction. Her residency training is housed within a safety net community hospital, she’s worked for health-focused community organizations, and helped start a needle exchange program in medical school. Dr. Butler is a proud member of Team Lily, which offers interdisciplinary support for pregnant people and new parents who are unhoused or battling substance use disorders. She hopes to integrate abortion and center Reproductive Justice in her future practice.

The mentors for the 2023–2024 RSPWD participants are:

Angeline Ti, MD, MPH

April Lockley, DO

Teresa Gipson, MD, MPH

Miranda Aragon, MD