Community Grand Rounds

Student-Led Forums

Community Grand Round events are held every week, addressing a wide range of topics including structural racism, health disparities, and various subspecialty-related topics. Our goal is to provide a forum for timely and informative education, meaningful discussion, and multidisciplinary networking opportunities for students and faculty.

Albany Medical College Community Grand Rounds is a student-led and student-organized meeting that grew in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. A volunteer group of students began meeting in early 2020 to review emerging evidence about the virus and this meeting grew into Covid-19 Journal Club, ultimately becoming Community Grand Rounds.

Contact Us

For WebEx links to future presentations or to join our team of presenters and commentators, email Lauren Tomlinson ([email protected]), Adam Gross ([email protected]) or Priya Nair ([email protected]).

Leadership Team

Advising Faculty

Andrew Coates, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Academic Hospitalist, Albany Medical Center

Student Leadership

Lauren Tomlinson, '24
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Lauren is originally from Philadelphia, and worked in clinical research for many years at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia prior to starting medical school. Her first few years were in orthopedic surgery, studying sports injuries, bone tumors and spinal deformities. More recently, she worked in Pediatric Ophthalmology, managing a 45-hospital study group designed to improve screening criteria for a potentially blinding eye disease affecting premature infants called retinopathy of prematurity. Her goal is to use the skills she acquired in research to contribute to the educational, networking and mentoring objectives of our group.

Adam Gross, '24
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Adam was born and raised on Long Island. After college he worked in health care administration for The Greater New York Hospital Association before earning a master’s in Medical Physiology at Case Western. Adam is focused on advancing the values and goals of Community Grand Rounds and helping to create an open forum for care providers and community members throughout the Capital Region to discuss and explore critical societal and health care issues.

Priya Nair, '24
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Priya is from Chicago, but has lived in Albany for the last eight years while attending the Siena College/Albany Medical College program. She has been involved in Community Grand Rounds since her first presentation in November 2021 on the “Ethics of the Covid-19 Vaccine." Recently, she played an integral role in acquiring an Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) grant supporting our efforts.

Smriti Moorjani, '24
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Originally from New Jersey, Smriti attended undergrad at RPI. She is passionate about medical research and community service. In her free time she enjoys listening to music, swimming, and traveling.

Rushali Kothari, '25
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Rushali is originally from the Bay Area and attended UC Santa Barbara for her undergraduate degree. She has budding interests in psychiatry and anesthesiology. In her free time, she enjoys staying active, vegan baking, and chasing sunsets.

Aimee Capellan, '24
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Yostina Soliman, '25
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Yostina is originally from Rochester, N.Y., but has been in the Albany area for the past six years. In her free time, she loves watching rom-coms, going for walks when the weather is nice, and studying in cafes.

Deepika Kothakapa, '25
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Deepika is originally from Philadelphia, and completed undergraduate degree at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In her free time, she loves to do arts and crafts like knitting and sewing.

Annie Leamon, '24
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Manas Sharma, '26
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Manas is from Phoenix, Arizona. He is a die-hard Lakers fan, loves to read books and listen to podcasts, and plays tennis in his free time. He is very interested in pursuing the field of psychiatry and is interested in the intersection between mental health and numerous public and global health issues such as the opioid crisis and the mental health crisis in colleges and medical schools across the country.

Aadya Kaushik, '25
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Aadya is an Albany native. She received her MS in Bioethics from Albany Medical College and hopes to use this lens in clinical practice. When not doing Uworld blocks, she can be found with her puppy, spending time outdoors, and trying out local cuisine.

Sarah Cunningham, '25
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Although she spent her early years in Connecticut, Sarah completed her bachelor's degree in Florida, received a master’s degree in Boston, and spent several years in the Bay Area, California working in clinical research before coming to Albany. While she continues to explore various specialties for her career in medicine, she has enjoyed researching the psychosocial impact of childhood cancer and understanding barriers to health care faced by homeless and disabled populations. Outside of school, she loves to play tennis and try new restaurants!

Oluwanifesimi Kasali, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences '26
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Olu is originally from Nigeria and just completed a bachelor's degree in New York City. Olu is in the P1 class of 2026 at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science and is interested in specialty pharmacy. Olu is passionate about providing personalized care and support to patients with complex health conditions and helping them manage their medications effectively, minimize side effects, and improve their overall quality of life. Outside school, Olu enjoys playing soccer, listening to music, and traveling.

Monique John, '25
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Avi Sura, '26
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D’Nea Galbraith, '25
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D’Nea has a a budding interest in pediatric neurology and a deep desire for advocacy and health equity. She grew up and attended college in New York City. At Albany Medical College, she is a leader of quite a few clubs, but was especially eager to join the Community Grand Rounds team so that she could be a part of important discussions regarding the state of health care and to promote community engagement and education. She also believes it is incredibly important to create opportunities for medical students to network, gain exposure to public speaking, and share their knowledge on this platform. Outside of her pursuit of medicine, she maintain hobbies of singing with the Keytones at Albany Medical College, breaking a sweat at the gym, and binging Netflix on free weekends.

Richa Nathan, '26
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Richa is very passionate about public health topics and health care equity and access for all. She attended RPI and enjoys hiking in the area and being outdoors. In her free time, she enjoys singing, playing tennis, and hanging out with friends.

Ria Paradkar, '25
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Ria is originally from Colorado Springs, but has lived in New York for the past six years. She loves to go on walks, watch movies, and spend time with friends.

Aliyah Audil, '26
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Lena Farah, PA, '24
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Ayomide Kumapayi, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences  '24
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Ayomide serves as an Interprofessional Development Chair at Community Grand Rounds. One of her main responsibilities is to represent pharmacy on the leadership team and to expand outreach to other health care professionals. She is most interested in infectious disease and would love to pursue a fellowship to specialize as an infectious disease pharmacist in the industry. She also enjoys hiking, listening to music, and working out during my free time.

Priyanka Metha, PA, '24
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Priyanka is from Long Island. Prior to coming to Albany, she spent multiple years volunteering as an advanced EMT, working on adult glaucoma research, and teaching at her local cultural Sunday school. She has interests in emergency medicine and ophthalmology. Outside of school, she loves spending time with her close friends, trying out new restaurants, and starting new Netflix shows!

Diana Byk, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences '25
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Upcoming Events

See our events on the Events Calendar.

View Previous Sessions

Cultivating a Culture of Bidirectional Constructive Feedback in the Surgical Field, February 21, 2024

Integrating Social Care Strategies into Healthcare: Considerations for Implementing Social Drivers of Health Screening Programs, February 13, 2024

Understanding Gynecologic Cancers in Various Communities: Discussions and Recommendations, February 7, 2024

Too Much of a Good Thing? A Review of Serotonin Toxicity, January 31, 2024

Nourishing Knowledge: Exploring the Vital Link Between Nutrition and Wellness, January 24, 2024

Emotional Intelligence and Physician Coaching: How EI and Coaching Can Improve Medical Education and Practice, January 17, 2024

Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Medical Education, Jan. 10, 2024

Disparities in Application and Matriculation in Graduate Healthcare Education for Historically Underrepresented Ethnic Minorities, Dec. 6, 2023

Caregiver Burden, Nov. 29, 2023

Direct Oral Anticoagulants in Pediatrics, Nov. 15. 2023

Recovering from the Pandemic: What have we learned from the Covid-19 pandemic in the field of Physiatry, Nov. 8, 2023

Correctional Medicine: Caring for Incarcerated Patients at Albany Medical Center, Nov. 1, 2023

AI in Medicine, Oct. 11, 2023

Efficacy of Airway Management by Pre-Hospital Providers in the Setting of Cardiac Arrest, Oct. 18, 2023

Hunger and Food Insecurity in Children in Albany, Oct. 25, 2023

Common Oral/Mucosal Lesions and the Importance of Oral Hygiene. Sept. 27, 2023

The Merits of Rejection in the Residency Application Process. Sept. 20, 2023

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