Sharmin & Kaylin are joined by María Jimena Alemán, CPSolvers co-director of internal operations & future neurologist with a passion for global health. They discuss how her upbringing has informed & shaped her passions & values, how she got involved with CPSolvers, the growth that comes from being a leader, the power of community & good mentor-mentee relationships.
María Jimena Alemán was born and raised in Guatemala where she currently works in community and rural health care. After suffering from long-standing neurophobia, she has embraced her love for neurology and will pursue a career in this field. She looks forward to dedicating her life to breaking barriers for Latin women in the medical field and improving neurology care around the world. She loves being a part of The Clinical Problem Solvers where she serves as the co-director of internal operations alongside Madellena Conte. Her life soundtrack is a mix between Shakira and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Outside of medicine, she enjoys contemporary art, crossword puzzles, and having hour-long conversations over a nice hot cup of coffee or tequila.
Kaylin Nguyen is a non-invasive cardiologist with interests in medical education, women in medicine, and health disparities. She was born in Vietnam and grew up in Southern California. She completed medical school and Internal Medicine residency at UCSF. She then made her way down the peninsula to Palo Alto, where she completed cardiology fellowship at Stanford, serving as a chief fellow. She is super excited to be back in Los Angeles and to help care for the underserved community as a clinician-educator at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. Outside of medicine, you can find her hiking with her dog, making (and eating) baked goods, and buying and neglecting plants*.
*Her plants are alive & well. We promise.