Emily Chen, Hopper 2018
Emily is a senior in Hopper majoring in Economics. Born and raised in Minnesota, she enjoys eating, hanging out with friends and exploring what New Haven has to offer. Outside of hospice, she’s also involved in the AACC community as a peer liaison.
Hospice is an incredibly fulfilling experience. Not only do you have the chance to connect and speak with patients and families and hear their stories but also to take a step back and really appreciate everything we’ve been given.
Sarah Oyadomari, Franklin 2018
Sarah is a senior in Franklin majoring in MB&B. She’s from Honolulu, HI and likes hiking, eating ice cream, traveling, and meeting new people. She spends her free time knitting, playing soccer, and petting dogs she meets on the streets of New Haven.
Oscar Perales, Stiles 2019
Oscar is a junior in Ezra Stiles College pursuing a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In addition to volunteering with YUCH, he is involved in other service organizations on campus like the HAVEN Free Clinic, and also conducts research at the Yale School of Medicine. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing soccer, and boxing.
Volunteering at the CT Hospice allowed Oscar to work alongside palliative care nurses in bringing joy and comfort to terminally ill patients. He thanks the Hospice community for opening their doors, and allowing him this rewarding experience.
Paul Won, Morse 2018
Paul is a senior in Morse pursuing a B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Paul is primarily interested in healthcare professions and medical research. Outside of YUCH, he has extensive research experience with glioblastoma regarding nanoparticle cancer therapeutics and DNA damage by cellular action. Paul also has clinical experience with shadowing cardiology and orthopedic surgery. He is the captain of Division I Yale Men’s Foil Fencing Squad.
I joined hospice because it is an important side of clinical medicine that is often overlooked and ignored. I want to help destigmatize the idea of hospice by volunteering and spreading more information about the cumulative healthcare experience.
Grace Cheung, Branford 2020
Grace is a Branford sophomore and MCDB major from Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C. Outside of hospice, she enjoys coordinating the New Haven AIDS Walk, tending the Yale beehives, and writing.
She has volunteered for end-of-life care organizations in the past, but has never had the chance to work directly with patients, and is so grateful for YUCH for providing that opportunity to Yale students!
Dwight Hall Liaison
Uche Medoh, Berkeley 2019
Uche is a junior in Berkeley majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology & Chemistry. He’s from Upper Marlboro, MD and enjoys playing basketball, making music, hanging out with friends, and doing research.
I joined YUCH because I wanted to gain valuable palliative care experience. Hospitals tend to be so structured and systematic that often patients become the summation of their past/current illnesses and injuries—a kind of dehumanization. Hospice offers an antithesis, giving patients and families the opportunity to reflect and interact with death peacefully and humanly.
Community & Finance Chair
Sarah Lee, Branford 2020
Sarah is a sophomore in Branford, majoring in History of Art, while pursuing her studies alongside the pre-medicine track. She is from the suburbs of Long Island, New York. As of right now, she aspires to be a missionary pediatrician who travels the world to serve and heal others. She most definitely loves flowers and small pups. Besides hospice, Sarah is involved in the United Church of Westville and Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA), and she is also involved in various research projects throughout the year.
I know firsthand how much influence a volunteer can yield when a beloved one gets sick or passes away. When a patient is distressed and hopeless about his/her circumstances, the mere smile of a volunteer can go such a long way for that patient. A single volunteer can lift a patient’s spirits or lift even the family’s morale. YUCH has really taught me to love and care for the patients, and volunteering at YUCH has been so worthwhile for me.