Congratulations to Dr. Rachel Rizal for winning the 2016 EMRA EDPMA Travel Scholarship. She will be attending the Emergency Department Practice Management Association’s 2017 Solutions Summit.

Dr. Rizal is currently a resident at the Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program. She graduated cum laude from Princeton University, majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs. At Princeton, she was inspired to tackle healthcare issues through clinical medicine, public health, policy, and business approaches. She completed medical school and a Hospital Administration Fellowship at Stanford University, where she continued creating health programs using an interdisciplinary lens.

Dr. Rizal is passionate about building healthcare organizations that improve access to care, care coordination, and health education. At Stanford Hospital, she founded a public health program in its Emergency Department. The program – now called “Stanford Health Advocates and Research in the Emergency Department” – screens patients for social needs and connects them with community resources. She bridges various industry partnerships and incorporates technology and innovation through the programs she leads. During her Fulbright Fellowship in the Philippines, she helped spearhead a national HIV Awareness Campaign, which partnered with the entertainment and music industries.

In her spare time, Dr. Rizal enjoys mentoring and advising students for admissions to colleges, graduate schools, and competitive scholarships. She co-authored a book, titled Cracking Med School Admissions,  with her Stanford medical school friends to help pre-meds get accepted into medical school. She continuously contributes to a blog that advises pre-meds:

Congratulations Dr. Rizal!