UCSD School of Medicine
Kim Jing-Yei Lee

The Carrlene Harper Memorial Scholarship was established in the name of former Office of Student Affairs Staff Carrlene Harper remembered for her kindness, caring and support to all medical students. The focus for this award is to a student who demonstrates an excellence in community service (local, medical school, or other) during enrollment in medical school.


Kim Jing-Yei Lee
Congratulations to Kim Jing-Yei Lee ('06) for receiving the Carrlene Harper Memorial Scholarship

When Kim heard that she had been nominated for the Carrlene Harper Scholarship she was actually in Thailand to meet child survivors of the December, 2004 tsunami. This trip, during her senior year, demonstrates her clear motivation to pursue a career in community health, with a particular focus on psychiatric care in medically underserved populations.

As a teenager Kim volunteered at the local VA hospital and it was there that her concern for the underserved began. She reports that the student-run Free Clinic was a major attraction to her in the selection of UCSD for her medical school. When she entered UCSD School of Medicine she was awarded a Community Service Scholarship.

While volunteering at the Baker Free Clinic, Kim became involved with a project that would allow her to interview Spanish-speaking patients, focusing on mental health issues. She attended a support group for Hispanic women. Along with a mental health social worker, she participated in home visits, gathered data through surveys and began educating this population about depression.

Kim was awarded a summer scholarship from the Pan American Health Organization to study a HOW/UNICEF integrated pediatric care project in Guatemala, and analyzed demographic variables that predict awareness of serious medical disease among mothers from various backgrounds. Back in San Diego, Kim also participated in educational endeavors aimed at providing anti-tobacco education in local elementary schools.

In September, 2005 Kim was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society which recognizes medical students who demonstrate values of humanism, compassion, integrity, and professionalism in clinical care. Kim has also demonstrated a passion for the medically underserved, with the energy and motivation to put these ideas into action.

We congratulate Kim on this well-deserved honor!



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